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Racist slogan poster appears outside South Tyneside hospital

A poster with a racist slogan about refugees has been put up outside a hospital on South Tyneside.

Groups in the region who work with refugees say it's trying to create tension where there isn't any.

Our reporter Kris Jepson has been looking into the incident.


Clown Doctors bring Easter treats to Newcastle hospital

(L-R) Andrew Skelton (Director, SOS Group Ltd.), Dr Jamima Jamjuggle, Lara Bewick (7) from Consett, Jack Steabler (18 months) from Houghton-le-Spring, Dr Tammy Teacosy and Libby Nolan (The Children's Foundation) Credit: Longstone PR

Young patients in the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle have had a bit of an Easter surprise....after the Clown Doctors paid them a visit.

They delivered Easter Eggs and treats to children who will spend the Bank Holiday in hospital.

(L-R) Dr Tammy Teacosy, Dr Jamima Jamjuggle, Andrew Skelton (Director, SOS Group Ltd.), and Finley Thompson (4 months old from Seaham) with mum, Kay Credit: Longstone PR

“It’s always hard for children in hospital but it’s especially difficult on special occasions like Easter.

Anything we can do, even simple things like sharing Easter eggs, helps lift the children and gives them something new to focus on.

– Libby Nolan, fundraising manager at The Children’s Foundation

So how many Easter Eggs will YOU get?

Chocolatiers work on the hand-crafted chocolate Easter eggs and rabbits at Betty's in Harrogate Credit: PA

Children will get on average five Easter eggs each over the Easter holidays.

That's according to research from the website MummyPages.

The survey of Mum's shows that most are worried about the amount of sugar their sons and daughters will consume over the Bank Holiday, some chocolate eggs containing up to 60 teaspoons of sugar.

The number of mums who ration their child's Easter Egg chocolate intake.
  • 59% of mums regularly intercept or take away some of their child's chocolate Easter Eggs without them knowing
  • 63% of respondents think parents should be consulted before an adult gives their child a gift of a chocolate Easter Egg
  • Popular alternatives to chocolate Easter Eggs for children include:

  • Books (83%)

  • Toys (63%),

  • New clothes (57%)

  • Home-made gifts (43%)

  • Special family day out (40%)

  • Gift vouchers (33%)

  • Home baked goods (33%)

  • 56% of mums think Easter Eggs should be limited by law to just one aisle or display in supermarkets

  • 19% of mums think there should be an extra 'sugar tax' on Easter Eggs

  • Mums average Easter Egg spend: Up to £10 (28%), £11-20 (48%), £21-30 (14%), £30-40 (7%), £40-50 (3%).


WW1 graves damaged in County Durham

Police are appealing for information after World War 1 headstones were damaged at a cemetery in Houghton.

On Tuesday (March 22) it was reported five gravestones had been damaged at Hillside Cemetery in Stanley Street.

The damages happened between Wednesday, February 17 and Monday, March 21.

A further ten have also been knocked over.

It's estimated the damage caused will cost around £15,000 to repair.

North East's First Woman Bishop says 2016 is "about hope"

The first woman bishop in the North East has said that 2016 must be about looking forward with hope.

Christine Hardman took up the role of Bishop of Newcastle a few weeks ago.

She's been reflecting on the last year with our correspondent Frances Read:

Archbishop of York to visit Kirklevington Grange Prison this Christmas

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu leaves York Minster following the Christmas day Service in 2011 Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu will visit Kirklevington Grange Prison today. He will lead the Christmas Day morning services and spend time with staff and prisoners as part of his 6-month Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing across the Diocese of York.

I was a Prison Chaplain once and as Bishop for Stepney used to go into the two local prisons on Christmas Day. I was reminded of Matthew 25: ‘I was in prison and you came to visit me’. On Christmas Day, I will be telling all at Kirklevington of the love of God in Jesus Christ for each one of us. For those who are in prison, who are lonely, who feel lost or abandoned– they are all stand-ins for Jesus Christ.

– John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

HMP Kirklevington is an open prison for adult male offenders, focused on developing links with families and the wider community. Its aim is to prepare prisoners for their release, addressing offending behaviour and encouraging responsibility for actions.

We are delighted to welcome the Archbishop – it is a particular pleasure to have His Grace here on Christmas Day which is always a challenging day for both those residing and working in prison, separated from family. I am sure he will see the atmosphere of hope we provide here, with opportunities to prepare for successful release into the community and we wish him well with his onward pilgrimage in the North East

– Angie Petit, Acting Governor, HM Prison & YOI Kirklevington Grange

Following his visit to the prison, the Archbishop will continue his Pilgrimage and will be visiting Ayresome Court Nursing Home. Prayers outside Yarm Town Hall at around 1pm – to which all are welcome.

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