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Chloe Beaney hoping to be home for Christmas after heart transplant

14-year-old Chloe Beaney had her life-saving transplant at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The teenager is hoping to be home in time for Christmas. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A teenage heart transplant patient from Cramlington in Northumberland is hoping to be home in time for Christmas.

14-year-old Chloe Beaney had her life-saving transplant at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital in November. She has been been recovering well and could be heading home later today.

Teen goes undercover to tackle underage drinking

Officers in Cramlington and Blyth have been working to identify premises selling alcohol to children, to address concerns about young people drinking and causing anti-social behaviour.

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The neighbourhood policing team and Northumberland County Council's Trading Standards officers have carried out a test purchase operation at a number of licensed premises in the areas.

A 14-year-old volunteer tried to buy alcohol from four off licenses in Blyth and four in Cramlington last week.

In all but one of the attempts the child was asked for ID and then refused sale - the store that sold the alcohol will be revisited.


Extra police patrols in Cramlington to tackle anti-social behaviour

Police are carrying out extra patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour in Cramlington.

There has been an increase in reports of young people causing problems at the Brockwell Centre and Northburn Park areas of the town on Friday and Saturday evenings. Reports included drinking, causing criminal damage and disorder.

In response officers have been carrying out high visibility patrols and moving young people on. Anyone found drinking has had alcohol seized and their parents called.

"Anti-social behaviour is an important issue for the local community and it's one of our priorities. Problems like youngsters hanging around and drinking can have a big impact on an area and it's vital that we respond and take action to resolve the issues.

"We've been carrying out extra patrols to deter troublemakers and have seized alcohol from youngsters. A £90 fixed penalty notice was given to an adult who bought alcohol for a child at the Brockwell Centre. This should act as a warning to those who purchase alcohol for children that they face action.

"We've had a really positive response from local people to the work we've done so far and we will continue with this action for the remainder of the year."

– Neighbourhood Inspector David Morrison

"I want local residents to let the police know when anti-social behaviour is bothering them. I'm taking this issue very seriously and ensuring that Northumbria Police use all powers available to them to tackle this problem."

– Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird

To report anti-social behaviour contact your local policing team on 101 ext 69191.

10-year-old 'couldn't believe' meeting Prince Harry and Pixie Lott

Three years ago, when Rachel Hooley was 7, a routine visit to her GP quickly led to her being admitted to hospital where she was diagnosed with heart failure.

In a matter of days her life hung in the balance - it was saved at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle by a heart transplant.

Life after the transplant has been a roller coaster ride and Rachel has been an inspiration, dealing with everything with a smile on her face.

Now, the 10-year-old from Cramlington has won a national award from the charity Wellchild.

The charity's patron is Prince Harry, who praised all the winners, saying: "Your stories are moving beyond words and remind us all of just how fantastic you all are."

Rachel loves dancing so she received her award from members of the dance group Diversity. She and her mum also got a chance to meet Prince Harry - and share the stage with the rest of the winners.

10-year-old meets Prince Harry as she wins national award

Rachel Hooley with Prince Harry at the WellChild Awards Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Rachel Hooley with her mum, Eve, and Prince Harry at the WellChild Awards Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A 10-year-old girl from Cramlington in Northumberland has been honoured at a special award ceremony attended by Prince Harry and Pixie Lott.

Rachel Hooley had a heart transplant when she was just seven. She was nominated by her sister for the Inspirational Child category in the Well Child Awards.

Rachel Hooley won the Inspirational Child category in the Well Child Awards. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Officer injured after being hit by a bike in Cramlington

Police are appealing for witnesses after a police officer was injured by a trail bike.

It happened at 2:33pm on Sunday, 21st September, on a field next to East Cramlington Nature Reserve, in Northumberland.

The male officer was called to the nature reserve following reports of trail bikes being driven in the area. While on foot he was struck by a bike causing injury to his right arm and leg.

The officer was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary and released following treatment.

Two men - aged 20 and 31 - have been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent and remain in custody helping police with their enquiries.

Police are carrying out enquiries and are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the relevant time, and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, to contact police.


Police investigate Northumberland rape

Police are appealing for information after a report of a rape in Northumberland.

The incident is believed to have happened some time between 11pm on Thursday, July 31, and 4am on Friday, August 1, in the vicinity of Forum Way, Cramlington.

Northumbria Police say the investigation is at an early stage and specially trained officers are supporting the 39-year-old victim.

Time capsule marks one year to new hospital opening

A time capsule will be buried at the site of the new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington to celebrate a year to the opening of the new hospital.

Ten members of staff including doctors and nurses will bury the time capsule containing items such as a pack of swabs for screening MRSA and a staff magazine.

“I wanted to show clinicians of the future how they have been actively fighting to stop the spread of antibiotic resistance to ensure that antibiotics will work for future generations”

– Consultant microbiologist Dr Bryan Marshall

“This ceremony marks a year to go to the opening of the hospital and a new era in emergency care. This is an exciting time for everyone at Northumbria Healthcare."

– Medical Director David Evans
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