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Northumberland unit attends World Scout Jamboree in Japan

Scouts from Northumberland have travelled to Japan to take part in the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.

They are joining 30,000 scouts from almost every nation on Earth.

The event takes place every four years to bring together Scouts from across the world and enhance international tolerance and understanding.

The theme of this year’s event is “a spirit of unity”.

The Scout’s are taking part in a range of cultural activities including building the camp that they are living in for the duration of the Jamboree.

The event coincides with the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb that was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

The Scouts will have the opportunity to visit the Hiroshima memorial site in the Peace Park.


PICTURES: Wylie and Kyle join in at Transplant Games

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North East entrepreneur Graham Wylie and TV presenter Jeremy Kyle took part in the tug of war competition at this weekend's Transplant Games in Gateshead.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Graham Wylie is the Chair of the Local Organising Committee. He said he hopes that the games will boost the number of people in the North East who register to become organ donors.

Laughing gas stolen from hospital

Two canisters of laughing gas have been stolen from a hospital in Northumberland.

The gas, which is also known as the Nitrous Oxide, was stolen from a storage cupboard in the grounds of Alnwick Infirmary between Friday evening (July 31) and Saturday morning.

"The gas has a similar effect to helium and is often referred to as a laughing gas. If it is consumed in large amounts it has the potential to suffocate the user.

"It is also a flammable source if it's exposed to a naked flame or extreme heat conditions.

"I'd ask anyone who has information about the theft now to contact police immediately."

– Acting Inspector Mick Quinn, Northumbria Police
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