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Police warn public: Don't take "Pinkies"

Northumbria Police have issued a warning about dangerous tablets circulating in the Blyth area. The tablets - known as "Pinkies" - may be either illegal drugs or unprescribed medicine. The warning by Det Supt Lisa Orchard follows the deaths of two men in the past week. A woman is also in a serious condition in hospital. It's not yet known whether any of the three had taken so-called Pinkies.

To see Det Supt Orchard's warning click below.


Former Olympian to open Sunderland fitness facilities

Former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson is to officially open new fitness facilities in Sunderland.

An open day will be held at the Sunderland Aquatic and Wellness Centre and Raich Carter Sports Centre on Saturday September 5th.

Colin Jackson coming to Sunderland Credit: PA

The events will celebrate the end of extensive refurbishments works carried out at both centres, with local people getting an opportunity to try out the new facilities for the first time.

Colin Jackson will cut the ceremonial ribbon at 10am with the open day running until 4pm.


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Yorkshire Ambulance Service 'must improve'

Yorkshire Ambulance Service has been told it 'must improve' Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Yorkshire Ambulance Service has been told it 'must improve' following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

The service says it has made changes since the inspection, which found that it was failing to respond to life-threatening incidents within the target time.

The CQC also highlighted concerns about out-of-date medical supplies, ambulance cleanliness and infection control.

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