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Interviews: Firework prankster's hand permanently damaged

A teenage boy who tried to light a firework in his bedroom says he's lucky to be alive.

Dylan Cosgrove broke seven bones in his hand and had to have surgery.

He has been told he'll never be able to use his hand properly.

Dylan and his family are now helping firefighters to campaign for safety this Bonfire Night.

Kevin Gardner from the Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service says Dylan's story is a valuable warning to other youngsters tempted to misuse fireworks.

Bonfire safety tips

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue release tips for staying safe at bonfires. Credit: PA

Ahead on Bonfire celebrations Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue's are launching a bonfire safety campaign.

Their plans include a schools education programme, an inspection of outlets storing fireworks, a social media and public relations campaign, as well as a dedicated website.

Officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting secondary schools across the area to talk to children and young people about the dangers relating to the misuse of bonfires and fireworks, and to highlight the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

Here are their tips for staying safe at bonfires this year:

  • Attend an organised display rather than having your own bonfire,
  • Report illegal bonfires that are being built to your local council,
  • Call 999 to report any illegal bonfires that have been lit,
  • Remember: alcohol and fireworks don't mix,
  • Always supervise children around fireworks,
  • Never give sparklers to children under five,
  • Keep pets indoors and
  • Bring your wheelie bin when it is empty it, or it is an arson target.

Teenager arrested after pedestrian killed in Middlesbrough

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a woman was killed in Middlesbrough.

The crash scene

Police were called to Saltersgill Avenue last night to reports that a pedestrian in her 50s had been involved in a crash.

Saltersgill Avenue

She was taken to hospital where she died. The 19 year old driver was arrested at the scene.

A 19 year old was arrested at the scene

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Around The House: Tonight at 11.40pm

Paul Brand with guests Julie Elliott MP, Lord Shipley, Anne McIntosh MP and Jonathan Arnott MEP Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Our political programme Around The House returns tonight. Paul Brand and guests discuss regional powers for the North, in the light of the Scottish referendum.

There is also a lively studio debate on the impact UKIP could have in the North East, when the country goes to the polls next May.

Around The House is at 11.40pm tonight (Thursday 23 Oct) on ITV.

Police appeal after 11-year-old girl followed home from school

Police are appealing for information regarding a suspicious incident whereby an 11-year-old girl was followed this afternoon in the Glendale Road area of Middlesbrough.

The girl was walking home from school at 2:30pm and was close to the Endeavour Public House on Glendale Road when a man walking in the opposite direction turned around after passing her and began to follow her.

He followed her towards Tollesby Road and then onto Saltersgill Avenue at which point she ran off towards home.

She described the man as black, around 27-years-old with bushy eyebrows and very short balding hair. He was wearing all black clothes and white trainers.

Anyone who saw this man or knows anything about the incident is asked to contact police.

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