The Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust has enlisted a sniffer dog to go round its hospitals to prevent patients, staff and visitors bringing drugs on to the wards.
'Coco' the cocker spaniel will search the buildings and grounds of the trust.
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Police have said they received a report that a 30-year-old man had been assaulted inside a property on Hallside Road early this morning.
The teenager appeared in the dock at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court this morning. He will next appear at Crown Court on Wednesday.