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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The North East has also moved above the East Midlands, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and Humber regions in the overall attainment of A*-B.
The government reportedly plans to allow visa-free travel to continue after Brexit for visitors from the European Union.
Sunderland were trying to take the Ivorian from Bournemouth but he has decided to join French side Toulouse on a season-long loan.