The actor Kevin Whately opened a dementia care centre in Brunswick Village in Newcastle, saying the country needs more specialist places like it. The actor has campaigned for improvements for people with the illness, since his mother was diagnosed.
He said the government should invest in more centres offering "joined up thinking" for patients.
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A killer couple who stabbed a man to death on Christmas Eve have been given life sentences.
The firm faced exceptional charges linked to the loss-making rail franchise, which saw profits at the company sink last year.
Mother of two Julie Parkin, 39, suffered knife wounds during the attack in Sunderland in the early hours of Tuesday morning.