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Interviews: Firework prankster's hand permanently damaged

A teenage boy who tried to light a firework in his bedroom says he's lucky to be alive.

Dylan Cosgrove broke seven bones in his hand and had to have surgery.

He has been told he'll never be able to use his hand properly.

Dylan and his family are now helping firefighters to campaign for safety this Bonfire Night.

Kevin Gardner from the Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service says Dylan's story is a valuable warning to other youngsters tempted to misuse fireworks.

Campaigners: Reinstate hospital services in Hartlepool

Campaigners have called for some hospital services to be reinstated in Hartlepool after a decision was made to stop work on a new hospital on Teesside.

The trust wanted to build a £300m pound hospital between North Tees and Hartlepool, but it would have meant closing both those sites.

The work was paused due to a lack of financial and political support. But millions had already been spent, and services moved away from Hartlepool.

Kevin Fisher from the Save our Hospital campaign:

Bonfire safety tips

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue release tips for staying safe at bonfires. Credit: PA

Ahead on Bonfire celebrations Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue's are launching a bonfire safety campaign.

Their plans include a schools education programme, an inspection of outlets storing fireworks, a social media and public relations campaign, as well as a dedicated website.

Officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting secondary schools across the area to talk to children and young people about the dangers relating to the misuse of bonfires and fireworks, and to highlight the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

Here are their tips for staying safe at bonfires this year:

  • Attend an organised display rather than having your own bonfire,
  • Report illegal bonfires that are being built to your local council,
  • Call 999 to report any illegal bonfires that have been lit,
  • Remember: alcohol and fireworks don't mix,
  • Always supervise children around fireworks,
  • Never give sparklers to children under five,
  • Keep pets indoors and
  • Bring your wheelie bin when it is empty it, or it is an arson target.

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The funeral of Rhys Hewitt to take place

Rhys Hewitt

The funeral of a 14-year-old boy, who was killed when he was hit by a car, takes place today (October 24). Rhys Hewitt died in James Cook University Hospital following the accident on Brenda Road in Hartlepool, on Wednesday October 15. Tributes have been paid at his school, English Martyrs, and by the local youth football team. Today's service will be held at St Patrick's Church in the town.

Newport Bridge to reopen next week

Newport Bridge Newport Bridge connects High Street and Clarence Place across the River Usk. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The A1032 across Newport Bridge on Teesside is due to reopen to vehicles next week on Wednesday, 29th October.

The restoration of the eighty-year-old Grade Two structure began at the end of July and were complicated when the need for extensive maintenance was uncovered.

Stockton Council has adapted the way the repairs are being carried out and a large tunnel-style scaffold has been built to allow motorists to use the road while the work is going on.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said plans to reopen the bridge have been weather dependent:

The very high winds we’ve had in the last few days have made it unsafe to progress the scaffold as quickly as we’d have liked.

It’s unfortunate that we’ve lost this time but the forecasts are not indicating weather that should cause any further delays and contractors are working flat out so the bridge can open with two lanes in each direction from Wednesday.

We know the works have caused a lot of frustration and look forward to the congestion easing once the bridge reopens.

– Councillor Mike Smith

There will be a 17.5 tonne weight limit throughout the works, which will prevent use by some heavy goods vehicles, but buses will be unaffected and access for cyclists and pedestrians will be maintained throughout.

Around The House: Tonight at 11.40pm

Paul Brand with guests Julie Elliott MP, Lord Shipley, Anne McIntosh MP and Jonathan Arnott MEP Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Our political programme Around The House returns tonight. Paul Brand and guests discuss regional powers for the North, in the light of the Scottish referendum.

There is also a lively studio debate on the impact UKIP could have in the North East, when the country goes to the polls next May.

Around The House is at 11.40pm tonight (Thursday 23 Oct) on ITV.

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