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Great North Air Ambulance save collapsed cyclist

The Great North Air Ambulance on scene near Frosterley/Stanhope Credit: GNAAS

The Great North Air Ambulance were called to assist a cyclist who had fallen from his bike, after an off duty paramedic found him lying unconscious on the road.

He was found with head and shoulder injuries and was cared for by the off duty paramedic until GNAAS and NEAS land crews arrived on scene.

From there, he was flown to the RVI in Newcastle for specialist treatment.

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Princess Anne comes to the North East

Princess Anne visited North Yorkshire earlier this month Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Princess Royal is visiting the region today.

Princess Anne will open the new Sailability Facility at Tees and Hartlepool Yacht club.

The specially built pontoon provides wheelchair users easier access to boats.

The Princess Royal recently visited North Yorkshire.

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PM listens to northern concerns about devolution

PM listens to northern concerns about devolution

- Paul Brand, ITV Political Correspondent

I've just spoken to one of the MPs among the dozen or so backbenchers who met the Prime Minister to discuss concerns about the impact that devolving powers to Scotland would have on England.

James Wharton tells me that three northern MPs - himself, John Stevenson and Rory Stewart, all raised concerns with David Cameron that the north would need to compete with a more powerful Scotland.

They didn't discuss what kind of devolution was needed, but they all agreed that the north required greater powers in order to hold its own. Solutions that James Wharton floated include a regional minister for the north of England, or greater power for Local Enterprise Partnerships.

He tells me that the Prime Minister listened to the concerns and referred back to them when summing up the meeting, with MPs leaving confident about the chance of progress.

New comedy show to be filmed on Newcastle Quayside

Comedienne and actress Sarah Alexander will star in the comedy, which will be filmed in Newcastle Credit: William Conran/PA

A new action comedy show is going to be filmed in Newcastle, with the city's Quayside chosen as the main filming location.

'Uncovered' will arrive on our screens on TV channel Dave next year, starring nationally acclaimed actors such as Sarah Alexander (Smack The Pony), Daniel Rigby (Big School) and Keith Allen (Robin Hood).

The show tells the story of an undercover police officer who finds himself completely out of his depth when he infiltrates an Armenian crime family.

Chris, played by Rigby, is the overly-analytical, neurotic metrosexual officer who has been searching for a family his whole life.

Unfortunately for him, the family he finds is a group of psychopathic Armenian gangsters.

Matters are made more complicated by Chris falling for two women at the same time; Zoe, played by Alexander, who is his ambitious police handler and Lara (Yasmin Akram), the femme fatale of the crime family, meaning Chris spends every waking moment either falling in love or fearing for his life.

The sitcom is co-created and co-written by Andy Milligan (The Rob Brydon Show) and directed by Dave Lambert (Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life) and will be aired on Dave in 2015.

Bleeding burglar caught out by his own DNA

A bleeding burglar was linked to a house he had ransacked through blood he shed at the scene of his crime.

Cameron Robinson smashed his way into the three-bedroom property at Newcastle Road in South Shields through a kitchen window and caused cuts to himself, which left a blood trail in every room.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 40-year-old carried out an untidy search of every room and left precious personal property strewn across floors and beds before making off with over £1,000 worth of belongings.

The victim said she was left "truly sickened" at the thought of her home being invaded while she was out and has suffered nightmares since.

The court heard the blood at the scene was a DNA match for Robinson, who has previous convictions for house raids in Bournemouth, Salisbury and Swindon.

Robinson, of Leybourn Gardens, South Shields, admitted burglary.

Mr Recorder Ray Singh sentenced Robinson to two years and five months behind bars.

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Spiders set to invade region's homes

50% of us are said to be scared of spiders Credit: Press Association

The mild summer weather means there will be an increase of spiders this autumn.

The eight-legged critters have had plenty of insects to eat - and now, they're heading indoors to mate.

Most are harmless house spiders, males on the hunt for females. The mating season starts now and carries on until December. Experts, though, say they are good to have in the house as they keep your insects down.

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