Another eighteen hundred people have been diagnosed with dementia in our region in the last year, according to figures out today - but charities warn that there are more than sixteen thousand people here who do not know they have it.
Ron Shuttleworth discovered that he had Alzheimers four years ago and the early diagnosis has helped him and his wife keep his condition in check.
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Alan Barnes, the Gateshead man given £330,135 by well-wishers after being mugged, plans to sell his home to move to the Shetland Islands.
Higher breakfast sales and a bigger range of healthier products helped it grow underlying profits by 51% in the first half of the year.
Police in Gateshead are linking this morning's incidents in the Allerdene and Birtley areas.