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Call for minimum alcohol price in England

Call for minimum alcohol price in England. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A North East alcohol awareness charity is calling on the government to introduce a minimum alcohol price in England.

It comes after the supreme court ruled in favour of a minimum unit price in Scotland.

Balance North East says a new laws could reduce the number of alcohol related deaths and hospital admissions.

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Music therapy for intensive care patients

The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle has become the first in the region to introduce music for patients in intensive care

Music therapy has been used on regular wards for a number of years, but playing songs in the ITU is relatively unheard of.

Experts say it aids recovery and reduces the stress of being in hospital.

87-year-old in critical condition in hospital following collision in Hebburn

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Northumbria Police are appealing for information after a serious collision between a car and an elderly pedestrian in Hebburn.

At around 2.15pm on Thursday afternoon, a red Ford Fiesta was travelling on Victoria Road West when it collided with an 87-year-old pedestrian near to the junction of South Drive.

Emergency services responded and the pedestrian was taken to hospital with serious injuries. He remains in a critical condition.

The driver was spoken to by officers at the scene. They were not injured but left very shaken by the incident.

A road closure was put in place after the incident to allow officers to carry out their investigation but that has since been re-opened.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are now appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Officers particularly want to speak to any motorists who were driving in the area at the time and may have dashboard footage that can be reviewed by police.

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