Fourteen year old Chloe Beaney is in desperate need of a heart transplant - but a suitable organ has not yet been found. Currently in intensive care at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, her mother say's the wait is agonising.
A former Al Quaeda extremist says that more needs to be done to stop young men and women in the North East being targeted by extremist groups.
Hanif Qadir, who grew up in Thornaby, on Teesside, says that the friendly nature of people here combined with growing frustration about high unemployment could make our region particularly vulnerable.
A man accused of a baseball bat attack on a convicted child rapist said "justice has been done" after a jury cleared him and his best friend of all charges.
30-year-old Michael Loughran and 27-year-old Karl John Carter asked for information on Facebook to track down the 18-year-old after he was released from prison having served half of a three-and-a-half year sentence.
They told Teesside Crown Court they simply meant to scare him when they found him at his home on June 28. They had offered a £1,000 reward for information.
Mr Carter, of Jubilee Road, Eston, and Mr Loughran, of Ryhill Walk, Ormesby, denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and having an offensive weapon.
A jury took less than an hour to clear the pair, who have spent five months on remand prior to the trial.
Mr Carter said if he and his best friend had been convicted they could have been handed a six year sentence, longer than the child rapist's tariff.
During the trial, Mr Loughran admitted taking a swing with a baseball bat but said he was acting in self-defence. He said the bat had been in the alleged victim's possession.
The teenager suffered a cut to the head which required stapling.
It is his strongest attack on the Government so far: the leader of Newcastle City Council has told Tyne Tees that the Government is creating all the same conditions here as those that led to the rise of fascism in 1930s Germany.
Nick Forbes said that the Government has successfully turned the poor against the very poor, and is getting rid of local council services that may offer relief.
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Dr Richard Kirk, from Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, says Chloe needs a heart as soon as possible - and has urged people to sign up to the organ donor register.
Teenager Chloe Beaney is awaiting a transplant. Her heart was weakened, say doctors, by leukaemia treatment as a child. After everything she's been through, Chloe's mum, Catriona, says she's still a fighter:
A health trust has responded to a vote of no confidence, following a public meeting to discuss the downgrading of services at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
Members of the public and Hartlepool MP Iain Wright called for the services to be returned.
Alan Foster Chief Executive, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust says the vote is no surprise, but insists they cannot return services to the town:
An energy company is applying to carrying out fracking for gas near a village in the North York Moors.
Third Energy drilled for samples at Kirby Misperton last year, and believes there could be a significant new gas reservoir in the area.
Anti-fracking campaigners say they are concerned about contamination of the water supply.
The next stage will be a high risk assessment, before the full application goes ahead.