It is one of the most under-used maternity units in the country and the subject of two serious investigations into standards of care.
But the trust that runs Berwick Maternity Unit says it will remain open. Despite today's announcement, it is not clear what kind of facility it will provide
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The warning comes police received reports of men claiming to be builders targeting homes in Heaton.
They are currently detained in custody helping police with their enquiries.
Shrek The Musical is to make a return to the Sunderland Empire theatre as part of a new nationwide tour.