Children's Heart Unit Fund trustee, Ivan Hollingsworth, said the visit by the Newcastle Eagles basketball team to the Freeman hospital has been inspirational for young patients.
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Penny the Pointer from North Yorkshire and Suki the Schnauzer from Sunderland have been selected as finalists in the pet survivor awards.
Northumberland has won Silver in the Best UK Holiday Destination/County in the prestigious 2015 British Travel awards last night.
Police from five forces have carried out raids today aimed at stopping an escalating feud in the travelling community.