As part of transplant week, we've filmed inside the Freeman hospital in Newcastle to see some of the patients waiting for an organ.
Families who donated their children's organs talk about their brave decision
Every year thousands of transplants are carried out, but a quarter of patients die because of a lack of donor organs.
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the rape of a man in Newcastle.
Police received a report a 24-year-old man had been raped under the Redheugh Bridge between 4am and 6am on Monday, 30th June.
The teenager has been also been charged with robbery and will appear before magistrates on Tuesday.
Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Northumbria University, forty years after graduating from its predecessor with her first law degree.
Vera Baird was Vice-President of the Student Union at Newcastle Polytechnic, before embarking on a career as a barrister.
She went on to become Labour MP for Redcar in 2001 before being elected as Northumbria's first Police Commissioner.
Thousands of runners took part in the Great North 10K. Here's a flavour of the atmosphere as they passed under the Tyne Bridge.
Thousands of runners are taking part in this year's Bupa Great North 10k.
The course passes iconic landmarks on the Newcastle Gateshead quayside, including the Sage and the Millennium Bridge before crossing the finish line inside Gateshead International Stadium
Legendary singer Bryan Ferry has received an honorary degree from Newcastle University as he was made an honorary Doctor of Music from the university where he graduated in Fine Art in 1968.
His band Roxy Music went on to became one of the most influential of the 1970s, producing classic albums such as For Your Pleasure and Avalon.
Police have now confirmed that the death of student Sijabuliso Nkala, who died in the Walker area of Newcastle yesterday, is not being treated as suspicioius. A spokesman says enquiries into the man's death have been carried out and police believe there was no third party involvement in the death.
– Detective Supt Roger Ford, Northumbria Police
“I would also like to thank all the people who contacted police following our appeal for information yesterday. "A report is being prepared for the coroner.”
Mr Nkala studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Newcastle University and living in the Jesmond area.
– Professor Barrie Mecrow, Newcastle University
"This very sad news of the death of Sijabuliso Nkala, third year Electrical Engineering student, has come as a terrible shock to us all. "Affectionately known as Jabu, he was a very modest young man who spoke well of everyone. Around the School, he always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude towards academic work. He showed initiative in his approach to coursework and was extremely polite and hardworking. He was a focused individual who will be remembered for his smile and his enthusiasm."
Sijabuliso Nkala's body was found next to the Coast 2 Coast cycle path in Walker.He died from a puncture wound to his chest.What caused the wound remains unexplained.
Police have named the 24-year old student who died in Walker on Thursday. Sijabuliso Nkala was a student at Newcastle University and living in the Jesmond area. He was found stabbed near a cycle path at The Oval in Walker.
The man found dead on the Coast to Coast Cycle Route was a Newcastle University student.The 24-year-old, who was found at 11am this morning with a stab wound to the chest, was cycling at the time of the incident.
– Detective Supt Roger Ford, of Northumbria Police
"We are treating the man's death as unexplained and an investigation is underway to find out how exactly he has died."The victim is a 24-year-old student who was studying at Newcastle University and who was living in the Jesmond area."He is a black male, around 6ft tall, bald and of a heavy build."Enquiries indicate that the man was on the cycle path from around 9am on Thursday morning and we want to hear from anyone who might have been in the area and who might have seen this man to come forward and speak to us."