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North East athlete takes on a train ... and wins!

A North East athlete has taken on an ambitious challenge to inspire others to get active. Lea Stephenson, a fitness instructor from Hexham, made a video of himself racing a Tyne and Wear Metro train, getting off at one stop and then racing it to the next one.

Lea Stephenson after he finished his challenge Credit: Lea Stephenson

The challenge for Lea, who's a 400 metres runner for Tynedale Harriers, was to get back on the train before it left the next station which was 715 metres away. And he made it with time to spare completing the challenge in 2 minutes 10 seconds. Watch highlights of his run here.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sunderland surgeries 'in crisis' as GP numbers fall

There are claims that the crisis facing GP practices in the North East which could mean some surgeries closing within a year. Figures obtained by ITV Tyne Tees show the number of GPs in Sunderland has fallen by 25% in two years.

Across the region, the number of patients competing to see their local doctor is higher than the rest of England. Local health bosses say General Practice is at breaking point.

The Government says it is spending £2.4 billion pounds to train and recruit more GPs, but Sunderland MP Bridget Phillipson, who uncovered the figures and shared them exclusively with ITV Tyne Tees, says not enough is being done in understaffed areas like the North East.

Daniel Hewitt reports.

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Push to improve mental health support for children

It is estimated that 1 in 10 children between the ages of 5 and 16 have a diagnosable mental health problem, and providing specialist help for them is one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS and many other organisations.

The charity Children North East says the number of young people it has provided counselling to has doubled in the last year.

Meanwhile, SCHOOLS NorthEast has announced a mental health commission, thought to be the first of its kind in the country, aimed at improving the support our regions' schools offer to their pupils.

Watch Tom Sheldrick's report:

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