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Drug funding setback for Northumberland family

George Pegg Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The NHS has deferred a decision on whether to fund a pioneering drug which is helping to keep an 11 year old Northumberland boy walking.

George Pegg of Blyth has the muscle-wasting condition Duchenne Muscular Distrophy. He's part of a trial to test a new drug Translarna which can slow down the progress of the condition.

Last month George and other children with Duchenne Muscular Distrophy handed personal letters in to 10 Downing Street asking for the Prime Minister's support in getting the drug funded by the NHS.

But health chiefs have decided to put off a decision until it has been considered by NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. That might take until early next year.

George's mother Lilian said she was very disappointed by the decision.

Wonderland comes to South Shields

Crowds have taken to the streets of South Shields to mark the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the novel, Alice in Wonderland.

A parade, featuring a range of community organisations, wound its way from the town hall to Bents Park this afterrnoon.

It included Alice, the central character in Lewis Carroll's famous tale, and people dressed as a host of other characters and themes from the book.

Alice herself took centre stage Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Many of the costumes had been made by those who wore them Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

During his life, Lewis Carroll was a regular visitor to his cousin's home in Whitburn. It is said that some of his most famous writing took place there.

A procession of bikers Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
South Shields' Nigerian community was among those represented Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Body of Tunisia victim Lisa Burbidge to be flown home

Lisa Burbidge from Whickham in Gateshead was among the British victims of the terrorist attack Credit: Family photo

The body of Lisa Burbidge from Whickham, who was killed in the terrorist shootings in Tunisia, is being flown home to the UK.

Thirty-eight people - including 30 Britons - were killed when gunman Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire in the resort of Sousse.

The final five bodies of the British victims are being flown to RAF Brize Norton.

A minute's silence was observed across the UK yesterday to honour the victims.

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Electricity staff on standby to deal with power outages

Northern Powergrid says it has extra staff working today to deal with potential power cuts due to bad weather.

The company, which runs the electricity distribution network across the North East, says there have been a series of small power cuts following lightning storms overnight and early this morning.

Anyone who experiences problems can contact Northern Powergrid on 0800 66 88 77 or visit www.northernpowergrid.com

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