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Chloe and family say thank you to hospital

Chloe Beaney and her family have said a Christmas "thank you" to staff at the Children's Heart Unit of the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle who looked after her when she received her new heart.

14 year old Chloe has been spending her first Christmas at home in Cramlington after being allowed to leave the hospital on Christmas Eve.

Her mother Catriona said the hospital staff had always put a smile on Chloe's face.

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Dean of Canterbury steps in after Archbishop's illness

The Archbishop of Canterbury will not deliver his Christmas Day sermon because of illness.

Lambeth Palace said the Most Rev Justin Welby has been suffering from a "severe cold" for several days and decided this morning that he was too unwell to speak at the annual Canterbury Cathedral service.

A Lambeth Palace spokesman said: "The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, is suffering from a severe cold and will, with great regret, no longer be preaching the sermon at Canterbury Cathedral this morning.

"The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Rev Robert Willis, will deliver a homily."

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Fly-tipping crackdown in County Durham

Durham County Council says it has had enough of fly-tipping in the area and is promising to punish anyone guilty of it. Through November and December this year, there's been a crackdown on environmental crime, including fly-tipping, dog fouling and people failing to clear untidy yards.

We will not tolerate fly-tipping in our county. Anyone without the correct licence... as well as anyone caught on camera dumping their rubbish, will be fined and could also face prosecution.

– Ian Hoult, Neighbourhood Protection Manager
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