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Pioneering cancer treatment centre launches in North East

The site of the first Proton Beam Therapy cancer treatment centre to be built in England will be unveiled today in Northumberland.

The centre, which will be built in Bomarsund, Northumberland, will open in early 2017.

An artist's impression of the treatment centre to be built in Bomarsund, Northumberland Credit: Proton Partners International Ltd

Proton Beam Therapy is a type of radiotherapy, most often used to treat cancer. Protons are used to target cancerous cells, causing less damage to surrounding tissue than conventional radiotherapy.

The treatment is not currently available in the UK, leading to some patients travelling abroad in order to receive it.

It was the subject of widespread media coverage last year, when the parents of five-year-old Ashya King took him out of an NHS hospital to travel to Prague in order for him to receive the treatment.

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North East culture campaign launches 15-year vision

A campaign has been launched to make the North East the UK's leading cultural capital.

The 'Case for Culture' manifesto outlines the region's cultural vision for the next 15 years. It says investment in culture will benefit people, places and the economy in the North East, helping to build and sustain a better future for the entire region.

The 'Case for Culture' manifesto has been launched by the North East Culture Partnership, which is formed of 12 local authorities alongside arts and cultural organisations, sport and tourism, and businesses and educational organisations.

The partnership aims to spread the benefits of arts, culture and heritage across the region by reaching an extra 500,000 people per year, boosting economic growth and job creation.

It is hoped the campaign will increase access to culture for young people across the North East.

The partnership says they will achieve their aims by increasing the planned funding from £100 million to at least £300 million over the next five years.

Bus fire on Corbridge bridge

Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Northumbria Police say emergency services have responded to a bus fire on Corbridge bridge in Northumberland.

Police say no one has been injured. The bridge remains closed in both directions while emergency services deal with the incident.

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