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Appeal for witnesses after Gateshead assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after an assault in Gateshead.

Officers attended Leam Lane Estate in Chevington at around 2:55am after a 28-year-old man was assaulted. He was taken to hospital with a serious head injury.

A 47-year-old man has been arrested an remains in police custody.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 231 12/04/14.

Overheating lorry in Gateshead

Police and fire rescue service have been dealing with a dangerously overheating tanker in Gateshead.

The alarm was raised at 1.15pm today, (Wednesday, April 9) when a lorry arrived at AkzoNobel, on Stoneygate Lane, Felling, with overheated contents.

This is believed to have been caused by the cooling system failing on the vehicle which contains acrylic acid.

There has been no explosion or leakage of the substance.

Stoneygate Lane and Abbotsford Road have been closed and diversions in place.

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Gateshead Newcastle measles investigation

Experts from the North East Public Health England (PHE) Centre and NHS England are investigating a cluster of measles cases.

Six cases have been confirmed in people who live or work in Gateshead and Newcastle. A number of other possible cases are being looked at.

About 2,000 children aged 2 to 11 in the area have not had an MMR jab.

Health experts are appealing to members of the public to ring their GP or out of hours service in the first instance before attending if they suspect they or their children may have measles.

"Signs and symptoms to look out for include a fever that lasts for a couple of days followed by a cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis (red, sore eyes). After a few days a red-brown spotty rash appears which starts on the face and upper neck, spreading down the upper body and then extends to the arms, hands, legs and feet.

"Measles can be a serious illness. During the measles outbreak in the North East last year, over 20 per cent of cases were admitted to hospital."

– Dr Tricia Cresswell of the North East Public Health England Centre

"Immunisation against highly infectious diseases such as measles is crucial in limiting spread amongst vulnerable people.

"Anyone who has not had an MMR vaccination could catch measles which can be a serious illness. Because of this, it’s really important that as many people as possible are vaccinated.

"The NHS has a comprehensive, free vaccination programme and immunity against measles is provided through two injections undertaken by a nurse or doctor at your GP surgery. Contact your local surgery to find out more about how and when you and your child can be vaccinated."

– Dr Claire Bradford from NHS England’s Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

Music, birdsong and even a ticking clock are emotional for deaf woman hearing for the first time

Music, birdsong and a ticking clock have all reduced Joanne Milne to tears, in the days since she was given cochlear implants, which allowed her to hear for the first time.

Joanne, 39, had been profoundly deaf since she was born because of Usher syndrome, which also means she is losing her sight.

Her mother caught on camera the moment when her implants were switched on and she could hear.

Frances Read reports.

"The sound was going through my body": deaf woman describes how it felt to hear for the first time

Joanne Milne had been profoundly deaf since she was born, when a cochlear implant helped her to hear for the first time.

Watch: the moving moment a deaf woman hears for the first time

She said the sounds were like nothing she had experienced before:

"The sound was going through my body and it was just, really hard to explain, because I've always felt vibrations rather than hearing sounds. The impact went straight through me and it was just so emotional," she said.

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