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Dumfries campaigner hails meningitis break-through

Michael Pattie Credit: ITV Border

A meningitis fundraiser from Dumfries says a potential new breakthrough in diagnosing the disease could save many lives.

Michael Pattie lost his son David to meningitis, and has raised more than £350,000 for Meningitis Research.

The new 'pin-prick' test, developed by scientists at Imperial College in London, could diagnose the infection within minutes.

With this new, fantastic new development, a simple pin-prick of blood can instantly determine whether it's bacterial or viral and give the medics the tool and knowledge to act much faster so in actual facts this is going to save many lives.

– Michael Pattie

Cumbrian referee prepares for Challenge Cup final

Gareth Hewer Credit: Rugby-league.com

A West Cumbrian rugby league referee will be in charge of the Challenge Cup final between Hull and Warrington at Wembley this Saturday.

Gareth Hewer, from Whitehaven, was given the nod ahead of his full-time refereeing colleagues; and he says he doesn't feel nervous:

It's weird really, it's a weird situation to be in because although there will be 75 thousand people you won't tend to hear those because you are so focused on the game and you are so involved on the pitch.

– Gareth Hewer

The 34-year-old, who works at Sellafield, has been officiating for 12 years and was named Referee of the Year in 2009.

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