Plans have been announced to build a new £2 million centre where parents can stay when their children are having heart surgery at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
The proposed centre is being seen as a sign of confidence in the future of the Children's Heart Unit at the hospital.
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Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in a burning car in Houghton.
As inquiries into recent Billingham shootings continue, a man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage recklessly endangering life.
32-year-old Paul Foster was last seen leaving an address on Burbank Street in the town on Wednesday (August 16).