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Police search for missing North Tyneside man

Adrian Cartwright, 42, was last seen in Sunderland on November 21 Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are searching for a man from North Tyneside who went missing from hospital in Sunderland.

Adrian Cartwright, 42, was last seen at 9am on November 21 when he left Hopewood Park Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment.

Officers are concerned for Mr Cartwright's welfare because he has epilepsy and does not have his medication with him. He is described as 6 ft tall, with dark hair which is thinning on top. He was last seen wearing a brown and orange jumper and dark trousers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

Final students of York's "Camp Bastion" hospital receive medals

Army medics who trained in York received medals in the city today for their service in Afghanistan.

Members of the UK Medical Group 20 - including 34 Field Hospital based in Strensall - returned from Afghanistan last month where they closed down the hospital in Camp Bastion.

Medics training at Strensall barracks earlier this year Credit: ITV News

Earlier this year, medics took their final training and assessment at Strensall. A replica of Camp Bastion's hospital, it was there for 11 years - but it was dismantled after the "class of 2014" finished their training.

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Police experiencing 101 number problems

Police forces across the region have announced they are currently experiencing problems with the 101 non-emergency telephone system.

While this number is not available people are asked to use the following contact details for non-urgent calls to the police:

  • Cleveland Police - 01642 326 326
  • Durham Police - 0345 6060 365
  • Northumbria Police - 01661 872 555
  • North Yorkshire Police - email generalenquiries@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

The emergency 999 number is not affected.

North Yorks police warn non-emergency 101 line not working

North Yorkshire Police is one of at least nine other forces that is warning the public that their 101 number is down.

The service issued the warning via twitter earlier today.

One force has said that the fault lay with "some kit in Birmingham" which is "being worked on".

The emergency number 999 however is still in use.

Man has ear bitten off in Northumberland

A man had to be taken to hospital after having part of his ear bitten off when he was attacked in Northumberland.

The victim was assaulted inside a flat on Front Street East in Bedlington at around 6:50pm on November 21. He was taken to Wansbeck Hospital before being transferred to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for further treatment.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and is currently in police custody.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

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Medics' parade: Bastion hospital's pioneering role

Britain's military medics will be led by the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps as they parade down Parliament Street in York, returning via Coney Street before taking the salute on the steps of Mansion House.

Medics trained for every situation Credit: ITV

Camp Bastion's Role 3 hospital provided care for injured personnel that was so advanced that over the eight years it was in operation it became one of the world's leading trauma care facilities.

Here are some facts and figures:

  • 300 doctors nurses and support staff saw 14,000 patients
  • 6,500 patients were taken to Camp Bastion by the Chinook helicopter's medical Emergency Response Team
  • 450 soldiers were taken fromthe hospital to the UK by the Critical Care Air Support Team
  • Medics dealt with 39,000 CT scans, 50,000 X-rays and transfused 15,500 litres of blood to 2,600 trauma patients

"The UK Medical Group is looking forward to marching through York for its homecoming and medals parade," said Lieutenant Colonel Jaish Mahan who commanded the UK Medical Group and also 34 Field Hospital.

"For many of us, York is our home and we are grateful to the city and everyone else for the support we received while we were away.

"UK medical Group and 34 Field Hospital feel privileged to have been part of the final chapter in this historic story and to continue to provide that healthcare reassurance to our service men and women."

– Lieutenant Colonel Jaish Mahan, 34 Field Hospital

Police investigate Newcastle petrol station robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a petrol station in Newcastle.

Two men wearing balaclavas entered Sainsbury's Filling Station on Etherstone Avenue at around 10:07pm on November 21. The pair threatened staff and one of the men was armed with a knife.

The offenders stole an undisclosed quantity of cash and left on foot headed for the Coast Road. No one was injured during the incident but staff were left shaken.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

Army medics to parade through York city centre

York Minster will host a thanksgiving service today Credit: ITV News

More than 200 medics from 65 units across all three armed forces will attend a special thanksgiving ceremony at York minister this morning, before parading through the ancient city centre.

Among the 65 units recognised will be the 34 Field Hospital from the city's Strensall Barracks who returned from Afghanistan last month where they closed down the field hospital in Camp Bastion.

The parade will pass through Duncombe Place at 10 50 am to be inspected before a medal ceremony takes place.

The parade will be watched by the city's Lord Mayor, Councillor Ian Gillies:

"I am delighted to officially welcome 34 Field Hospital back to York, following their recent deployment, heading up the UK Medical Group in Afghanistan.

We will join them on Duncombe Place for their Freedom of Entry Parade and medals presentation and hope that many people will join us inwelcoming them safely back home.”

– The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Ian Gillies

Traffic restrictions will be in place between 7am and 1.30pm at Duncombe Place, Blake Street, St Helen’s Square, Davygate, New Street, St Sampson’s Square, High Petergate, Church Street, Parliament Street, High Ousegate, Spurriergate, Market Street, Feasegate and Coney Street.

Young footballers visit WW1 graves to commemorate Christmas Day truce

Young footballers from Newcastle United and Sunderland visited the mass First World War graves in Belgium to learn about the lives of soldiers.

They were there to play football against other under-12 Premier League sides in a special commemorative tournament.

The event was inspired by the famous Christmas Day truce, 100 years ago, when rival soldiers put their weapons aside to play football for one day.

Jonny Blair reports from Ypres, Belgium.

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