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.
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.
These pictures are from the fireworks display at Beamish Museum in County Durham.
On Bonfire Night, the fire service received 430 call outs. Steve Williams, Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue, said most calls were down to unsupervised bonfires and that the evening can be dangerous.
Thousands of people attended Stockton Council’s annual fireworks display last night. It is one of the largest free displays in the country and this year 45,000 people went along.
The Sunderland chaplain who presented a red and white striped shirt to Pope Francis said the pontiff was "delighted to keep it" and took the gift back to the papal apartments.
Father Marc Lyden-Smith said the Pope was aware of the Wearside club's struggles and told him: "They not do too well at the moment."
"I said no, no, Holy Father. They are bottom of the Premier League. We need you to pray."
"Very diplomatically, he said: 'I pray for all footballers that they reach their potential.'"
"I'd like to think that he'll be wearing [the Sunderland shirt] on Sunday afternoon," the chaplain added.
Winless Sunderland face fierce local rivals Newcastle United in Wear-Tyne derby this Sunday.
Northumbria Police are asking fans to be patient and work with them at full time after the Wear-Tyne derby this weekend.
Newcastle fans will be held back after the game in a bid to reduce supporters clashing.
It follows violence at the last derby in April.