Brian Sowerby from County Durham has told ITV News that he will never ring the NHS 111 service again, after he felt he was let down so badly before.
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A look ahead at a lively start to the weekend
2,000 children from more than 100 primary schools flocked to Sandhaven at South Shields for the annual Sandcastle Challenge.
Sunderland is set to welcome the world famous Tall Ships race in July 2018. Now, it has been given the honour of starting the race.