Northumbria Blood Bikes, a charity which uses motorbike riders to deliver urgent blood supplies, is expanding across the North East.
Our reporter Jonny Blair spent the evening shadowing Tyne and Wear's 'blue watch' crew, based at Gateshead Community Fire Station.
Operators promise to work better together, with simpler fares, if a proposal to give control of the network to local authorities is dropped.
Medical experts have praised a charity which uses motorbike riders to deliver vital blood supplies to hospitals.
Volunteers at Northumbria Blood Bikes transport emergency stocks between the hours of 7pm and 7am, which saves health trusts having to pay for taxis.
The organisation works in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear and has just started delivering to Darlington Memorial Hospital.
Firefighters from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are helping with the flood relief efforts in the south of England.
Crews trained in "working in and around water" have been deployed to Wraysbury near Windsor.
A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Tyne and Wear Coast (2.45-5.45 pm December 31).Flooding is possible for The North Sea from St Mary's Lighthouse to Crimdon Park, North Hartlepool.
Low lying coastal land and roads will be affected first.Owing to high tide heights and weather conditions bringing onshore wind and waves coastal flooding is possible to low lying land, roads and walkways.
Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date flooding information.Keep an eye on local water levels and weather conditions. Visit the Environment Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk for river level and flooding information.
A grandmother who stabbed her son's ex-partner to death in North Tyneside because she feared she was going to lose contact with her grandson has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years.
Heather Emmonds, 58, was convicted of murdering Tina Casey, 42, at the younger woman's home in Holywell last year.
Judge John Milford QC said: "You drove to her home armed with a filleting knife, you had taken a change of clothes and gloves. With Tina Casey lying unsuspecting on the sofa you attacked her from behind driving the knife into her neck."
Judge Milford said she then set about destroying the evidence and attempted to concoct a ficticious tale.
Emmonds was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 20 years.
A grandmother from Northumberland has been found guilty of stabbing her son's ex-partner to death, while visiting her at her home in Whitley Bay.
Heather Emmonds from Seaton Delaval attacked Tina Casey because she was worried she would never see her grandson again.
Dan Ashby reports:
A grandmother who stabbed her daughter-in-law to death has been found guilty of murder.
Heather Emmonds, 58, stabbed Tina Casey repeatedly after being told she would never see her grandson again.
Miss Casey, 42, was found dead at her home in Holywell, Whitley Bay, in February.
Bonfire Night is always one of the busiest times of the year for fire crews and yesterday was no different.
Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service received more than 400 calls, most of them to put out illegal, unsupervised bonfires.
Jonny Blair joined one crew on the night shift.
Police are appealing for information after a firework was posted through the letterbox of a flat in North Shields on Bonfire Night.
It happened at a property in Chirton West View about 6:20pm. Nobody was injured but the fire caused damage to the door and broke a window inside the property.
– Det Sgt Peter Morgan, Northumbria Police
"Thankfully no-one was injured in this incident. This is a reckless and dangerous act and the consequences could have been far more serious."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191.
It was another busy Bonfire Night for fire crews across the North East. Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service alone received more than 400 calls.
Jonny Blair joined one team on the night shift.