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  1. Updates on Wednesday 21 June 2017

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  2. Newcastle woman 'died due to incorrectly placed heart valve'

    Gerry Jackson

    BBC Look North

    A woman from Newcastle died after a heart valve was incorrectly placed during surgery, an inquest has found.

    Sheila Hynes, who was 72, died days after the operation at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital in 2015.

    Sheila Hynes

    Stitching had failed around the new valve. It was taken out and stored briefly - against manufacturers instructions, before being re-inserted the wrong way round inside Mrs Hynes' heart.

    The coroner said opportunities to identify and rectify this mistake were missed.

    The subsequent damage combined with Mrs Hynes' existing heart condition led to her death.

    Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust expressed its condolences and described what happened as "a one in a million complication".

    A spokesperson said the trust has made necessary changes to its procedures and protocols to ensure that this type of event cannot happen again.

  3. Two cannabis farms discovered in Teesside street

    Two cannabis farms have been discovered in neighbouring properties in Middlesbrough.

    Emergency services were called to a fire at an address in Lansdowne Road in Middlesbrough on Sunday.

    Lansdowne Road in Middlesbrough
    Image caption: Lansdowne Road in Middlesbrough

    They found 120 plants that had caught fire in a loft.

    The fire then spread to an adjoining house and when firefighters entered they found another unconnected cannabis farm containing 12 plants.

    A man was questioned and cautioned in connection to the second find.

  4. What does the Queen's speech mean for the North?

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  5. Fulwell 73 confirm they are no longer in takeover talks with SUFC

    Leo Pearlman, Ben Turner and Gabe Turner of Fulwell 73 have released a statement to Black Cats fanzine A Love Supreme confirming they have pulled out of a takeover bid for Sunderland football club.

    Quote Message: Due to our other TV and film commitments, now isn't the right time for us to get involved. It's where our hearts are and would demand a huge personal commitment, and we wouldn't want to give anything less than our all to the club." from Fulwell 73
    Fulwell 73
  6. Sir Bobby Robson Foundation becomes Daft as a Brush to help cancer patients

    The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is funding a new Daft as a Brush patient ambulance.

    The new vehicle cost £20,000 and will be named Reach for the Stars.

    It will replace the original ambulance of the same name which was part funded by the Foundation in 2013 and was adopted by pupils at High Spen Primary School.

    Daft as a Brush Ambulance
    Image caption: Daft as a Brush Ambulance
    Quote Message: This is such a helpful service for people travelling regularly for cancer treatment." from Lady Robson
    Lady Robson

    Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care provides a free transport service to and from the Freeman Hospital and Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for outpatients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment - some from as far afield as the Scottish Borders, North Yorkshire and West Cumbria.

    Quote Message: With the ongoing support from the Foundation, our charity's 25 ambulances can now plan for 30,000 patient journeys this year." from Brian Burnie Founder Trustee, Daft as a Brush
    Brian BurnieFounder Trustee, Daft as a Brush
  7. Durham councillors vote for new pay deal for teaching assistants

    Mark Denten

    BBC Look North

    Durham councillors have voted for a new pay and conditions deal for the county's teaching assistants.

    The assistants have been in dispute with the council over plans to cut wages by up to 23% and only pay them in term time.

    Now the council has approved a deal which would see teaching assistants regraded.

    More than 70% would see increased salaries but other staff would lose money.

    Unison will now consult with its members on the deal.

    But teaching assistants committee member Gillian Iveson told me the deal's an attempt to "divide and conquer" with many staff losing money and one losing more than 20%.

  8. EFL fixture list released for the 2017-18 season

    The EFL fixture list for next season has been released.

    Find out here when and where your team will be playing.

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  9. Red sky in the morning...

    It has been hot and now it's raining. Welcome to the British summer.

    It looks like it could have gone either way on Redcar beach this morning.

    Chris Baldock has been out nice and early to catch the summer solstice.

    Redcar beach
  10. Bedridden Melanie to have further operation

    BBC Newcastle

    A Northumberland woman with a severe degenerative muscle condition is to undergo more lifesaving surgery in Spain today thanks to a massive fundraising campaign.

    Melanie Hartshorn, from Cramlington, has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which causes her joints to dislocate and meant she was bedridden.

    Last month the 27-year-old had a major operation to fuse her skull to her spine and was able to sit up for the first time in five years.

    Today she'll undergo a 15-hour operation to fuse the bones from her chest to her pelvis.

    So far she has raised £155,000 to pay for the treatment.

    Melanie Hartshorn
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    Video caption: The life of a head ranger on the remote Farne Islands

    "I love being this close to the birds, I love that I'm cut off from normal life."

  12. Council dismisses walk-to-school complaints

    Children at a North Tyneside primary school are having to walk on a central reservation to get to school because roadworks have closed a footpath.

    Parents from Holystone Primary School say they don't think it's safe.

    Jacqueline McMillan said it was a "really dangerous situation".

    "It's far from acceptable and really in the future I would hope that any more works that get carried out are really looking into much more carefully for pedestrians," she said.

    North Tyneside Council said the route had been fully risk assessed and was the safest available.

  13. Newcastle United target Tammy Abraham joins Swansea City

    Newcastle United target Tammy Abraham has joined Swansea City on loan.

    Rafa Benitez had also been trying to sign the Chelsea and England Under 21 international for the season. But Abraham has opted to join up again with Swansea boss Paul Clement, who used to be a coach at Stamford Bridge.

    Tammy Abraham
    Image caption: Tammy Abraham