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Ebola soldiers return to North Yorkshire base

North Yorkshire soldiers head to Sierra Leone Credit: ITV News

100 soldiers from 35 Squadron, 5 Medical Regiment, based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire have returned from a seven-week tour in Sierra Leone as part of the British Army's support of the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The unit was deployed to Sierra Leone to man the Ebola Training Academy. The Academy's role is to train the Sierra Leone health care workers who are working in the five Ebola Treatment Units the UK is currently building.

During the course of our seven week deployment we trained more than 4,000 personnel which can only have a major impact on tackling the outbreak. Thanks to the commitment of my soldiers, many of whom were young and deploying for the first time, we achieved a high quality training course."

– Lieutenant Colonel Phil Carter, the Commanding Officer of 5 Med Regt

Coastal bombardments remembered 100 years on

Some of the damage caused to Hartlepool, December 16, 1914 Credit: Hartlepool Council

Today marks the centenary of the bombardment of Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby.

One hundred years ago today five German battle cruisers struck the North East coast.

137 people were killed and 592 were injured.

Many of these were civilians.

Services will take place throughout the day to remember those who died.

Hartlepool artist celebrates first international exhibition

Luke Walker paints with an adapted baseball cap Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An artist from Hartlepool is celebrating his first international exhibition which opens in Budapest later today (11th December).

Luke Walker has Cerebral Palsy and uses a specially adapted hat to hold his brush.

Luke Walker's exhibition opens in Budapest later Credit: Luke Walker

The exhibition is being held at the Magma Gallery in Budapest. Luke has already had several exhibitions in the North East.

Luke Walker's exhibition in Budapest Credit: Luke Walker

Three new routes from Newcastle Airport

Three new routes will be available from Newcastle International Airport. EasyJet will fly to Split (Croatia), Corfu and Rhodes. More than 20,000 passengers expected to fly on the new routes next summer.

Newcastle to Split, Croatia is a summer service, flying on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 2 June 2015.

Newcastle to Corfu, Greece is a summer service, flying on Sundays from 7 June 2015.

Newcastle to Rhodes, Greece is a summer service, flying on Thursdays from 4 June 2015.

“This further strengthens their offering from Newcastle and I’m sure these sunny destinations will have many North East travellers rushing to book up.

“Croatia is an increasingly popular holiday destination. Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the largest on the Adriatic Coast. This lively city has spectacular views across the harbour and a wealth of cultural sights for holidaymakers, so it makes for a wonderful break."

– Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport


Scarborough remembers the past and looks to the future

It's sixty years tomorrow since one of the worst disasters in Scarborough's lifeboat history. The crew went out in a storm to escort fishing boats back to shore but the lifeboat capsized close to the harbour, killing three of the crew. A service will he held tomorrow to mark the occasion and commemorate all lifeboat crew who've lost their lives at sea.

It'll also mark the end of an era as the current crew get ready to move from the lifeboat house.

Watch James Webster's report here.

Former Bishop of Durham 'shocked' over hunger in UK

The Most Rev Justin Welby Credit: PA

The Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed how he was left more shocked by the plight of Britain's hunger-stricken poor than suffering in African refugee camps.

Food is being wasted at "astonishing" levels across the UK but hunger "stalks large parts" of the country, the Most Rev Justin Welby said. Families are being forced to turn to food banks to make ends despite holding down jobs, he told The Mail on Sunday.

The Archbishop supported food banks in the North East Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Families are being forced to turn to food banks to make ends despite holding down jobs, he told The Mail on Sunday.

The Archbishop's comments come ahead of the publication on Monday of a parliamentary report he has backed that sets out a blueprint to eliminate hunger in Britain by 2020 and urges ministers and the food industry to act.

In the The Mail on Sunday article , he said, although less "serious", the plight of a family who turned to a food bank in Britain had shocked him more than terrible suffering in Africa because it was so unexpected.

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Grand Depart gave region a £102m economic boost

A report out today on the economic and social impact of this summer's Tour De France's Grand Depart , which started in Leeds and went through West, North and South Yorkshire over two days, will reveal that it produced a £102 million boost for Yorkshire.

Around two and half million spectators lined the route over the first two days.

Tour De France Credit: ITV Yorkshire
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