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Breathalysers to be used in bars in Durham

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Breathalysers will be used in a number of bars and clubs in Durham City this evening, as part of a new river safety pilot project.

Last week a report by the charity ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) made a number of recommendations, including additional lighting along the river bank and improving pathways.

Anyone believed to be intoxicated will be breathalysed, and if they are over the limit they could be refused entry.


Woman with failing sight makes bucket-list

Joanne hearing a human voice and music for the first time

A woman from Gateshead, whose sight is rapidly deteriorating, has made a list of things she wants to see before she goes blind.

Joanne Milne made headlines around the world last year, when she was filmed hearing speech and music for the first time.

Despite the successful ear operation, her eyes have continued to fail.

While she still has her sight Joanne plans to visit Glastonbury, learn to play the piano and raise money to support deaf children.

Joanne Milne

Mountaineer with cystic fibrosis tackles Everest

A climber from County Durham, who has cyctic fibrosis, is hoping to be the first person with the condition to scale Mount Everest.

38-year-old Nick Talbot hopes to £100,000.

Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs and Nick's biggest challenge will be coping with the reduced oxygen levels at high altitudes.

Nick, who's from Hamsterley Forest, has just passed base camp in a climb that could take up to nine weeks.

UNICEF praise Friarage maternity centre

The midwife-led maternity centre at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton has been praised by UNICEF’s UK baby friendly initiative, for the promotion of breastfeeding.

The centre has achieved Stage 3 accreditation, the same as the maternity unit at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. The staff at both centres were commended for the efforts made in reaching this stage.

Anna Tainsh, from UNICEF’s UK baby friendly initiative said “It was clear to the assessment team that pregnant women and new mothers receive a very high standard of care. Almost all of the mothers interviewed spoke very highly of the care they had received at Friarage maternity centre and this is reflected in the assessment results.

“Excellent progress has been made toward implementing the new maternity standards into care with all of the breastfeeding mothers interviewed understanding how to feed their baby in a responsive way, and many having had a meaningful conversation about relationship building in the antenatal period.”


River Wear safety report press conference: latest

River Wear safety report: Spend money to reduce death risk

River Wear. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A report into river safety in Durham after the deaths of three students has recommended money is spent to reduce the risk of future accidents.

The charity ROSPA has made a number of recommendations after it inspected the riverbank at different times during a number of days and nights last month.

It suggests additional lighting, improving pathways, fencing in some areas and upgrading public safety equipment along the River Wear.

The report for Durham County Council was commissioned after a number of other mesaures were put in place to stop people who have been drinking heavily, getting close to the river.

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