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Harbottle GP practice closure angers patients

Hundreds of villagers attended a meeting last night Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Hundreds of people have said they've been left angry after a meeting about the closure of a GP practice in rural Northumberland.

Last night a public meeting was held to discuss the future of the 800 patients at Harbottle surgery - which closed its doors on Friday.

NHS England said a national shortage of GP's was partly to blame.

Villagers protested against the surgery closure Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Nicky Hooley, a nurse at Harbottle Surgery, said:

I think the feeling of distrust is still there, I don't think patients feel they got the answer they wanted, but I hope they do stick to their word and they do provide some provision at Harbottle because I think patients have shown them exactly how strongly they feel.

– Nicky Hooley, Nurse

Christine Keen, Director of NHS England, said:

The reality is that over the last few weeks there hasn't been an adequate service in Harbottle, and therefore the situation was untenable. What we are doing in the action we have taken is making sure people can access primary services.

– Christine Keen, NHS England


15-year-old serious but stable after attack by gang

A 15-year-old boy is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being assaulted by a group of five teenagers.

It happened near to Redby Primary Academy in Fullwell, Sunderland, at around 8.15pm on Friday August 28th.

Officers are in the area carrying out enquiries and providing reassurance to the community.

Northumbria Police are asking anyone who may have any information to contact police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Sunderland announce Yedlin loan deal

USA full-back DeAndre Yedlin has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

Sunderland have completed the signing of defender DeAndre Yedlin on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 22-year-old USA international becomes the Black Cats' eight summer signing.

Speaking about his move, Yedlin said:

I’ve heard fantastic things about Sunderland and the supporters from Claudio Reyna and Jozy Altidore. Claudio speaks very highly of Dick Advocaat from his time at Rangers.

– DeAndre Yedlin, Sunderland AFC

Yedlin began his career with MLS side Seattle Sounders, before making the moved to Tottenham at the start of 2015.

He won his first international cap for the US in 2013.

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