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Murder investigation launched into death of Shane Tunney

Shane Tunney, 24, pictured with his girlfriend Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police have launched a murder investigation into the death of Shane Tunney, 24, who died from severe head injuries in hospital on Wednesday (29th July) after he was attacked by a group of young people in Norton, on Teesside, on 27th June.

Police say Shane Tunney stopped a passing driver who offered to drive him away from the scene while his friend was was being attacked. However, when the motorist refused to help save his friend, Shane returned to help him.

"A young man has tragically lost his life. Shane went out that night and never returned home. That could have been anyone’s son or brother.

"He was a good, hard-working hero who tried to help his friend on the night of this incident, but sadly paid with his life.

"There are people in the local community who are effectively hiding murderers and I make a direct appeal to those people to get in contact with us."

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Young, Cleveland Police

Seven teenagers arrested last month in connection with the attack remain on bail. Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

PICTURES: Rugby World Cup trophy in arrives Newcastle

The Rugby World Cup trophy is on a tour of the UK ahead of the tournament which begins in 50 days Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Web Ellis trophy has arrived in Newcastle as part of its nationwide tour, which has began in the North East on Thursday (30th July).

The Webb Ellis Cup arrives on Newcastle quayside Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

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Murder suspect being questioned after discharge from hospital

A 19-year-old man, who was arrested and taken to hospital following a murder in York, was discharged last night and is now in police custody for questioning.

Liam Miller Credit: Family photo

20-year-old Liam Miller, from Terrington near Malton, was fatally stabbed in the Acomb area of the city on Monday 27th July.

North Yorkshire Police are treating the attack on the second victim - the man who went to Liam’s assistance and was also stabbed - as attempted murder.

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Pioneering cancer treatment centre launches in North East

The site of the first Proton Beam Therapy cancer treatment centre to be built in England will be unveiled today in Northumberland.

The centre, which will be built in Bomarsund, Northumberland, will open in early 2017.

An artist's impression of the treatment centre to be built in Bomarsund, Northumberland Credit: Proton Partners International Ltd

Proton Beam Therapy is a type of radiotherapy, most often used to treat cancer. Protons are used to target cancerous cells, causing less damage to surrounding tissue than conventional radiotherapy.

The treatment is not currently available in the UK, leading to some patients travelling abroad in order to receive it.

It was the subject of widespread media coverage last year, when the parents of five-year-old Ashya King took him out of an NHS hospital to travel to Prague in order for him to receive the treatment.

British Transplant Games begin on Tyneside

The British Transplant Games are due to begin on Tyneside today.

More than 600 transplant recipients will take part in the four-day event which will see more than 20 sporting events taking place at venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.

More than 600 transplant recipients will take part in the event Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The opening ceremony will be held in Newcastle City Centre this evening. The event, which runs until Sunday, was last held on Tyneside in 2000.

Some events will take place at the Gateshead International Stadium Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

"The Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness, whilst increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register and discuss their wishes with their families. They also seek to thank and celebrate donor families and the gift of life."

– BRITISH TRANSPLANT GAMES

Metro upgrade completed five months early

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A £30 million upgrade of all Tyne and Wear Metro trains and carriages has been completed five months ahead of schedule. 86 carriages have been improved over the last five years as part of a modernisation programme which has cost a total of £389 million.

DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which runs the Metro on behalf of Nexus, has completed the work as part of the Metro fleet's 'three-quarter life' refurbishment project.

The trains are the first in the UK to reach the Government's required standard on accessibility. New seating and lighting has been installed with a new carriage layout, to create more space for wheelchair users.

Raymond Johnstone, Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus said the work will "extend the service life of Metro trains into the 2020s."

Metro has the fastest-growing number of passengers outside of London with 38 million journeys completed every year.

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