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North East gymnasts join Diversity tour

Acropolis gymnasts

Four gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy, will be appearing on stage with Diversity when the new arena show ‘Limitless - The Reboot’ tours the UK. the tour will make a stop at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on Saturday 13 December

  • Abbi Greaves, from Durham, 14, is currently a world gold medallist, european silver medallist and british champion
  • Liam Sneath, from Spennymoor, 17, is current world gold medallist, european silver medallist and british champion
  • Jesse Heskett, from Sunderland, 20, a former world, european and british champion
  • Alex Houston, from Consett, 21, current world games silver medallist, and a former european silver medallist and british champion

The four gymnasts are part of Acropolis. The acrobatic group won Let’s Get Gold on ITV1 in 2012; were runners up in France’s The Best in 2013 and also appeared on A League of their Own.

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Black Friday - police called to several shops

Police across the region said they were called to several stores overnight as so-called Black Friday started.

Northumbria Police said they were called to Tesco in Kingston Park in Newcastle and Norham Road in North Shields.

A spokesman said they were called by members of staff but no one was arrested.

Officers from Cleveland Police said they were called to Tesco stores in Stockton and South Bank.

They also confirmed that no one was arrested.

Passengers vent frustration at seven hour delays

Bleary-eyed passengers arrived in Newcastle early this morning after a ten hour journey from London.

The seven-hour delay was caused by overhead wire problems between Doncaster and Peterborough.

The 6pm service was the first affected, arriving into Newcastle's central station at 12:30am.

The following services faced even worse delays, leading many to vent their frustration on social networks.

They joined together using the hashtag #ECDelay to thank fellow passengers, ask for information, and try to make light of a long night on the train.

While others felt that at the end of a long day, a little tipple wouldn't go amiss.

Were you affected by the delays? Get in touch @itvtynetees or email pamandian@itv.com

Compensation offer after severe train delays

Overhead wire problems are causing major disruption. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

East Coast is offering compensation to passengers after severe delays on Northbound services from London last night.

The worst affected train left London at 8pm and took almost ten hours to reach Newcastle - finally arriving at 4:45am.

The operator has blamed 'overhead wire problems' between Peterborough and Doncaster for the lengthy delays, which will continue this morning.

The 8:30 train from London to Newcastle has been cancelled.

Train companies Grand Central, First Hull Trains, Cross Country, Great Northern and East Coast have agreed mutual acceptance on all tickets in a bid to limit disruption, meaning passengers may travel on any service today.

Click here to find out how to claim compensation on your ticket

Were you delayed last night? Get in touch @itvtynetees or email pamandian@itv.com

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100 people tested for ebola so far in UK - all negative

So far, about 100 people have been tested for ebola within the UK, according to Public Health England. All have been negative.

Currently two children are being tested for the virus and for malaria in a hospital in Newcastle. Read more by clicking this link.

The ebola virus, from the NHS UK website. Credit: NHS

The NHS has issued these guidelines for anyone concerned they may be showing symptoms, who has recently returned from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone.

  • A person infected with Ebola virus will typically develop a fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, a sore throat, and intense muscle weakness.
  • These symptoms start suddenly, between two and 21 days after becoming infected.
  • Anyone concerned should stay at home and ring 111 or 999 for help rather than turning up at a medical centre unannounced.

Children tested for Ebola in Newcastle

Two children are currently being tested for the Ebola virus are in the infectious diseases unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The RVI in Newcastle is one of only three centres outside London equipped to handle ebola cases

It is not known yet where in Africa the children are from or how recently they arrived in the UK. They are also being tested for malaria.

Public Health England said it was "unlikely" that the children would test positive for Ebola, although results would take 24 hours.

A spokesman would not confirm the age or gender of the children but described them as young children, rather than teenagers.

The hospital is one of three centres outside London able to treat cases of Ebola - none of the others are within the North East region.

'Major delays' on East Coast routes

A passenger sent us this photograph of a train delayed by three hours

East Coast has confirmed it has 'major delays' on its route through the North East of England because of overhead cable problems further south, near Doncaster.

One passenger told ITV News Tyne Tees she had been told that her train, due into Newcastle Central station before 2100, would not now arrive before midnight - before going on to Berwick and Edinburgh.

The company said the problems were likely to carry on until 1400 on Friday 28th November. It offered its apologies to passengers affected by the disruption and asked people to check its website for more details.

Health body confirms children being tested for ebola

Public Health England has confirmed that two children are being tested for the ebola virus in a North East hospital.

They are believed to have recently arrived from Africa, although the authority was not sure which country.

It said it was 'unlikely' the children would test positive for ebola although test results would not be available for 24 hours.

"Due to uncertainty about where in Africa the children are from and when they arrived in the UK, as a precaution the children are being tested for both malaria and ebola.

"However, the clinical and Public Health England risk assessment is that ebola is unlikely.

"People who have been in contact with the children should continue as normal."

– Public Health England
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