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Celebrating 100 transplants at Freeman Hospital

Heart patients who owe their lives to Newcastle's Freeman Hospital joined a celebration to mark a special milestone.

The Freeman is home to the largest adult congenital heart transplant centre in the world and staff there have now carried out 100 transplants on people who had a defect of the heart at birth.

To mark the achievement patients came to the centre to help release 100 balloons, each containing a special message.

Julie Harrison reports:

Three-parent babies could be born by 2015

The first three-parent babies could be born by 2015 after the government set out new draft regulations which will allow donor DNA from a second mother to be implanted into a defective egg.

A debate is being held in Westminster about the UK becoming the first country in the world to legalise babies with three biological parents. The controversial IVF technique has never been tried before.

Scientists in Newcastle are pushing for the technique to made legal. But critics say it's completely unethical and would be a step too far for the human race.

Helen Ford reports on one woman who lost seven children to genetic illness, and is in favour of the change:


Sunderland AFC sign Ricardo Alvarez

Ricardo Alvarez
Credit: Barrington Coombs/Everton FC/Press Association Images

Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of Ricardo Alvarez on a season-long loan deal from Italian giants Inter Milan.

The 26-year old Argentina international midfielder arrives on Wearside for the 2014/15 campaign, becoming the 9th signing this summer, following Sebastian Coates, Jack Rodwell, Jordi Gomez, Billy Jones, Costel Pantilimon, Patrick van Aanholt, Santiago Vergini and Will Buckley to the Stadium of Light.

Speaking about his move to Sunderland, Alvarez said: “I’m very happy to be here. It’s a great opportunity, a great club and I’m looking forward to be playing in England and playing my part for Sunderland.”

Sunderland secure Liverpool's Sebastian Coates

Sebastian Coates
Sebastian Coates playing for Liverpool Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of defender Sebastian Coates on a season-long loan from Liverpool FC.

The 23-year old Uruguayan international is the 8th new recruit on Wearside this summer.

Coates came to England in 2011 from Uruguayan club Nacional, making 24 appearances for Liverpool, before returning to Nacional on loan last season.

The centre-back has earned 15 intentional caps for Uruguay, with his latest appearance for his country being the 2-1 victory over England in the 2014 FIFA World Cup group game.

Trinity Square named one of Britain's ugliest buildings

Trinity Square in Gateshead

Trinity Square in Gateshead, which replaced the now demolished 'Get Carter' car park, has been named among Britain's ugliest buildings.

The development was the most nominated structure in this year's Carbuncle Cup, which is sponsored by architecture magazine Building Design.

In response, Gateshead Council say "one person's masterpiece is another person's carbuncle."


Man dies after car plummets off Marsden cliffs

Car being lifted up by crane

A car has gone over the cliffs of Marsden, killing the driver.

Police, firefighters, paramedics and a team from the RNLI attended the scene and a part of the beach was closed off while investigations were carried out.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police received a report that a car had gone over the cliffs at just after 10am, today.

Emergency services were sent to the scene where the driver of the car was found dead. It is believed to be linked to an earlier report of a missing person from South Shields.

Officers have informed the next of kin and are providing support to them at this time.

There is not believed to be any third party involvement.

A report is being prepared for the coroner.”

Car being lifted by crane
Car being lifted by crane

Artists weave their way through Trevelyan history

Pauline Lawson's Through the gate - Spring, on show in the Clocktower Cafe
Pauline Lawson's Through the gate - Spring, on show in the Clocktower Cafe

An exhibition conveying the story of one of the North East's most well known aristocratic families has been unveiled at the Northumberland estate they once called home.

The Spirit of Wallington features 50 different pieces of work, including textiles, which capture the lives of the last Trevelyans to live at the ancestral seat.

The pieces are the result of a year-long collaboration between the Twyne Textile Group and the National Trust, which owns Wallington.

13 textile artists have been involved in the project, drawing on a long tradition of fine needlework amongst the women of Wallington.

La Belle Epoque Ends dress by Cowans with lockerhook hearth rug inspired by a WW1 handkerchief by Wendy Dunstone
La Belle Epoque Ends dress by Cowans with lockerhook hearth rug inspired by a WW1 handkerchief by Wendy Dunstone

Metro footbridge in North Tyneside re-opens to public

A Metro footbridge in North Tyneside that was closed for six weeks for repair work has now re-opened to the public, just in time for the new school term.

The pedestrian footbridge linking Marmion Terrace and Norham Road in Monkseaton is well used by parents and children to access a number of local schools.

Raymond Johnstone is the Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, the company which owns and manages Metro. He said: “We knew the bridge was a key walking route for a number of schools in the Monkseaton area so it was vital that the work was done during the holidays.”

Pedestrian killed in collision with taxi in Newcastle

A pedestrian hit by a taxi in Newcastle has died.

At 2.30am on Sunday, 31st August, a taxi collided with a pedestrian on the northbound slip-road from Swan House roundabout to New Bridge Street on the Central Motorway in the city centre.

The pedestrian, a man aged 26, was taken to the RVI hospital where he subsequently died.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who were in the area or has any information about the incident to contact them.

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