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PICTURES: Middlesbrough players make festive visit to children in hospital

Players from Middlesbrough Football Club spread a little festive cheer today as they visited patients on the children's ward at the James Cook University Hospital.

Manager Aitor Karanka and members of the squad came bearing gifts for sick children who may have to spend Christmas on the ward.

Aitor Karanka brought came with some of his squad to the James Cook Hospital Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
Daniel Alaya (left) and Abella Damia (right) hand Christmas gifts to a sick baby Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
Abella Damia (left) was there to support children of all ages Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
Squad members pose for a photo with an excited mother and child Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
A young Boro fan is delighted with his early Christmas present Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News

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Walk to thank neonatal team

Fundraisers gather to thank neonatal team Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A devoted dad has led a sponsored walk from Saltburn to Whitby to thank the neonatal team that saved his little boy's life.

Dominic was boen 14 weeks premature Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Roy Willis's son Dominic was born 14 weeks premature last October, weighing just 2lb 3oz.

For three months the neonatal team at The James Cook University Hospital took care of him and keeping him alive, saving his life as many as five times a day.

Doctor cleared after sex pest accusations

A senior doctor from Middlesbrough, who was accused of being a sex pest, has been cleared of any wrongdoing by medical watchdogs.

Stephen Graham, 54, faced allegations including the touching of female patent's breasts while they were under anaesthetic.

It was also alleged he exposed the naked body of a patient by removing part of a theatre gown, the General Medical Council heard.

The 54-year-old worked in Middlesbrough at the James Cook University Hospital as a consultant anaesthetist at the time of the alleged incidents, which date back to 2006.

"I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my fitness to practise hearing. There has been a great burden on me and my family since the allegations were made and I am relieved that this matter is now over."

– Dr Graham

Dr Graham denied misconduct.

An investigation began in 2009 after nurses raised concerns. The trust concluded there was no case to answer.

Dr Graham returned to work in 2010. A second investigation was launched because of similar concerns. It was concluded there was no case to answer.