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Interviews: Firework prankster's hand permanently damaged

A teenage boy who tried to light a firework in his bedroom says he's lucky to be alive.

Dylan Cosgrove broke seven bones in his hand and had to have surgery.

He has been told he'll never be able to use his hand properly.

Dylan and his family are now helping firefighters to campaign for safety this Bonfire Night.

Kevin Gardner from the Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service says Dylan's story is a valuable warning to other youngsters tempted to misuse fireworks.

Finest fashion feathers fly into Co Durham Museum

Thierry Mugler Haute Couture Collection

'Birds of Paradise', a new exhibition will be visiting Bowes Museum in County Durham for the next six months starting tomorrow, October 26.

It will be displaying 'Plumes and Feathers in Fashion' as a tribute to the elegance of feathers used in the fashion industry past and present.

Catwalk creations featured will be from British, Belgian, French and Italian designers and will include designers Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Christian Dior, Thierry Mugler, Balenciaga, Prada and Gucci.

Watch Julie Harrison's full report on the exhibition below:

Campaigners: Reinstate hospital services in Hartlepool

Campaigners have called for some hospital services to be reinstated in Hartlepool after a decision was made to stop work on a new hospital on Teesside.

The trust wanted to build a £300m pound hospital between North Tees and Hartlepool, but it would have meant closing both those sites.

The work was paused due to a lack of financial and political support. But millions had already been spent, and services moved away from Hartlepool.

Kevin Fisher from the Save our Hospital campaign:


Metro fire apology

Metro services were disrupted at 7.24am today (Friday October 24) after a small fire was detected in the rear car of a train travelling between Howdon and Hadrian Road. Services between these stations were immediately stopped and emergency services contacted. The area was secured and all passengers were safely evacuated by train to Hadrian Road station where they left the train.

A replacement bus service was provided to ensure passengers arrived at their destinations as swiftly as possible.

While there were temporary delays following the suspension of services between Wallsend and North Shields, to remove the rear carriage from the network, services were back up and running by 9.30am.

We apologise for any inconvenience or distress this may have caused our passengers. This was an unusual incident and we will be carrying out a thorough investigation.

– Sharon Kelly, Director of Operations and Customer Services at DB Regio Tyne and Wear

Bonfire safety tips

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue release tips for staying safe at bonfires. Credit: PA

Ahead on Bonfire celebrations Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue's are launching a bonfire safety campaign.

Their plans include a schools education programme, an inspection of outlets storing fireworks, a social media and public relations campaign, as well as a dedicated website.

Officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting secondary schools across the area to talk to children and young people about the dangers relating to the misuse of bonfires and fireworks, and to highlight the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

Here are their tips for staying safe at bonfires this year:

  • Attend an organised display rather than having your own bonfire,
  • Report illegal bonfires that are being built to your local council,
  • Call 999 to report any illegal bonfires that have been lit,
  • Remember: alcohol and fireworks don't mix,
  • Always supervise children around fireworks,
  • Never give sparklers to children under five,
  • Keep pets indoors and
  • Bring your wheelie bin when it is empty it, or it is an arson target.

'Demon barber' escapes jail after cut throat razor attack

Lloyd Dobrodumow Credit: North News

A man dubbed the Demon Barber has escaped jail after slicing his victim's throat with a cut-throat razor.

Lloyd Dobrodumow, who calls himself the Demon Barber on his Twitter account, attacked Robert Smith after he dropped a can of beer on the ground outside his barber shop in Newcastle.

The 45-year-old, who was carrying a razor, reacted angrily and told the victim to put the can in the bin before punching him with the blade in his hand.

The incident, which took place on June 10 this year left the victim with a ten centimetre wound to his neck and damage to his muscle, gland and artery.

Robert Smith, who was left bleeding from his neck, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary and underwent surgery to repair the wound.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the victim told Dobrodumow that if he gave him £10,000 this would all go away.

Dobrodumow, who has a history of domestic violence and 17 convictions pleaded guilty to wounding without intent.

Recorder Little sentenced Dobrodumow to 12 months in prison suspended for two years with a supervision order.

He also ordered him to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £5000 compensation to Robert Smith.

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