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Chubby Brown gets parking ticket while making charity donation

Roy 'Chubby' Brown Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Roy 'Chubby' Brown had to see the funny side when he was given a parking ticket at a Middlesbrough hospital, where he was handing over a £5,000 charity donation to help cancer patients.

The good karma was obviously delayed in coming back round to him, because the blue comic had just presented a giant cheque to staff at the James Cook University Hospital when he returned to his car and found a £50 ticket plastered on the windscreen.

That was despite Brown, whose real name is Royston Vasey, having permission from hospital bosses to park there.

The ticket had been written out in error by the private company which operates the car parks and has now been rescinded.

A South Tees Hospital Trust spokesman said: "Mr Vasey had permission to park where he did for the duration of the cheque presentation. We have apologised to Mr Vasey for the oversight, which he found highly amusing, and we are very grateful to him for the very generous donation he made."

Brown, who lives near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, received treatment at the hospital when he was battling throat cancer 10 years ago.


Retired Billingham couple win £4.5m lotto jackpot

Denis Graham and wife Mary won a £4.5m lotto jackpot Credit: North News Pictures

A retired Billingham couple are celebrating after winning a £4.5m lotto jackpot.

Former welder Denis Graham and wife Mary, a retired health care assistant, landed the £4,570,887 Lotto quadruple rollover draw.

The couple have played The National Lottery for almost 20 years, using the same numbers throughout.

Their winning Lotto numbers were 9, 19, 22, 34, 41, 46 and the bonus ball was 6.

The pair can now start planning a life of luxury, after winning on last Wednesday's draw.

The retired Billingham couple can now start planning a life of luxury Credit: North News Pictures

North East consumers unaware of what's in low-sugar products

Health-conscious consumers in the North East may be increasing their calorie consumption by choosing to buy low-sugar or low-fat products.

Over half (57%) of consumers polled in the region said they believed reformulation - the process of replacing, reducing or removing an ingredient such as sugar - would lead to a reduction in calories in a product.

And nearly two in three (65%) of those who favoured low-fat or low-sugar food and drink products viewed them as the healthier option, the research from AB Sugar found.

However, many consumers are unaware that when removing sugar from a product, the proportion of fat can increase - which may result in an increase in total calories.

The OnePoll national survey of 2,000 people also revealed that once consumers in the North East realised that reformulation could increase calories, 47% said they were against the process.

Dr Julian Cooper, head of food sciences at AB Sugar, said:

The food and drinks industry has actively been looking into reformulating products for a number of years, in order to offer consumers a greater choice and, more recently, as one of the options available to help tackle obesity. However, reformulation is not a straight forward solution to creating lower calorie products.

We are in favour of reformulation - including the removal of sugar - but only when it results in a total calorie reduction. So, it's of utmost importance for consumers to take into consideration total calories when looking at labels, rather than just focusing on one ingredient.

– Dr Julian Cooper

AB Sugar has recently launched a Making Sense of Sugar campaign to help educate people about sugar, the role it can play as part of a healthy balanced diet, and to help people to make better informed choices about what they consume.


'Hotel' in North Shields is off-shore training centre

It may have a pool, gym and physiotherapist, but a new 'hotel' on the banks of the River Tyne has been designed to provide anything but a relaxing stay.

Instead, the three-storey facility in North Shields is meant to simulate life on North Sea oil rigs, and what to do in case of an emergency. 'Guests' will learn how to escape from a submerged helicopter and evacuate a smoke-filled room.

The training is provided by Advanced Industrial Solutions, who have teamed up with Newcastle Airport to provide realistic fire training. Delegates are taught how to extinguish a mock Super Puma helicopter at the airport's leading facility, which replicates an oil rig helipad.

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