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Dog unable to work with police needs a home

Barnie needs a home

Northumbria Police hope someone will be able to give this dog a home. Barnie is a 16 month old male Dutch Herder. He is very friendly but has developed a medical condition in one of his hind legs, his kneecap is dislocates. This means he is unable to be a police dog but would make a good pet.

To find out more about Barnie and other dogs click here.

"We are looking for a home with experience of owning large energetic dogs with no young children. Barnie is free of charge."

– Northumbria Police

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MPs to investigate controversial three-parent IVF technique

The controversial IVF technique was developed by scientists at Newcastle University. Credit: PA
Experts say the treatment could help parents not to pass genetic diseases to their children. Credit: PA

A committee of MPs will today look at whether the UK should become the first country in the world to legalise babies with three biological parents.

The controversial IVF technique was developed by experts at Newcastle University, who say the treatment could help parents not to pass genetic diseases to their children.

However, religious groups have expressed concerns that the process would be unethical.

The Science and Technology Committee are due to begin their hearing shortly after 9am today (Wednesday 22 October). Professor Doug Turnbull, from Newcastle University, will give evidence to the influential group of MPs.

Councils back plans for London-style bus shake-up

The plans will see local councils in Tyne and Wear run bus services. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A shake-up of buses in the Tyne and Wear region has been approved by councillors. The decision was taken at a meeting in Newcastle this afternoon (Tuesday 21 October).

Seven local councils could take control of the running of all services.

If the plans are put in place transport in the area will be run in the same way as Transport for London and a universal travel card would be introduced similar to the capital's Oyster card.

Councillors say the changes will result in simpler and cheaper fares.

Bus operators are opposed to the plan and may challenge any decision to go ahead.

Councillors to vote on London-style bus network

If the vote goes ahead, councils in the region could be responsible for running all local bus services. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
If plans are approved, North East transport could be run in the same way as Transport for London, with a universal travel ticket, similar to the capital's Oyster card. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The plans could eventually lead to a North East version of the Oyster card, which is used in London. Credit: PA

A controversial vote is taking place this afternoon to decide if Tyne and Wear's councils will take over the running of all buses in the area.

If plans are approved, North East transport could be run in the same way as Transport for London, with a universal travel ticket, similar to the capital's Oyster card.

The Oyster card allows travellers in London to load pay-as-you-go cash or season tickets on to them.

The meeting is being held at 2pm today (Tuesday 21 October) in Newcastle.

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Met Office warning as Hurricane Gonzalo sweeps through region

High winds will sweep through North East England.

The region is expected to be hit by gale force winds and heavy rain today as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo sweeps across Britain.

The Met Office has issued a a yellow warning for wind and is advising people to expect disruption to travel.

The strongest winds are expected as the rain clears eastwards and winds veer northwesterly through Tuesday morning.

Surface water and spray will make driving conditions difficult, as fallen leaves will affect drainage increasing the risk of surface water.

Double murder house up for sale for £390,000

The property on Front Street, Benton is up for sale for £390,000. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A house that was the scene of a double murder has been put up for sale with a price tag of £390,000.

The property on Front Street in Benton is on the market with a local estate agency.

Glen Patterson, 25, was detained indefinitely at Broadmoor Hospital after admitting stabbing his father Ray and grandmother Clara to death at the house in February this year.

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