Two trainee doctors from Newcastle are using their skills to help amputees in Bangladesh - by creating artificial limbs made out of melted drain pipes and rubber tyres.
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- Adam Johnson loses appeal against conviction
- Aitor Karanka sacked as Middlesbrough manager
- Man charged over police pursuit death
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A car parts firm is to create more than 70 jobs with the opening of a new sister plant in Boldon.
Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson introduces the sounds of the city on match day in Newcastle upon Tyne.
BBC Look North weather presenter
There'll be clear spells throughout the night. Temperatures will fall away quite sharply. One or two showers will continue across parts of Northumberland which could feel quite wintry.Copyright: BBC
Teenage fitness and child obesity has been much in the news and a Newcastle school decided to tackle the problem head on.
Head teacher at Excelsior Academy, Michael Connolly, said his pupils thrive on being at a healthy school and constantly promote healthy eating, yet the number of children still classed as obese is still an issue, as it is in other schools.
Reporters at the school interviewed PE teachers who said some classes had 50% of pupils classed as obese.
They food provision at dinner times was good with a healthy menu.
However, after their investigation pupils believe there could be stricter guidelines for what students can pick for lunch, for example they cannot order a pudding if they have not had a main meal.
Currently the turnout for after school sporting clubs is around 50% which is only improving year on year.
However, when we compete in extracurricular events it is evident our student fitness levels are not what is expected for our age, something we could improve on.Copyright: Excelsior acedemy
Our reporters Carla and Jessica get the chance to interview the head teacher of Collingwood School, Michael Connolly on the importance of British values.
The pupils from Excelsior Academy wanted to know his views on how the school should promote individual liberty.
They are currently attending a diversity conference run for Trainer Teachers.Copyright: Excelsior Academy
A family has paid tribute to a man who died following a collision on Monday on the A174 in Middlesbrough.
Naveed Hussain, 33, was killed when he was hit by a car on the A174 near the A1044 Low Lane junction at about 04:15 GMT on Monday.Copyright: Hussain family
His wife, Iram, said: “Naveed was a loving husband and adoring father to his four children, aged nine, four, two and five months."
Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident.
The clown doctors who entertain seriously ill children in hospital have launched a crowdfunding campaign to expand their programme across the region.
They've been working at the Great North Childrens Hospital in Newcastle for three years supporting the emotional and physical recovery of young people through storytelling, music and play.Copyright: BBC
Our eager reporters have been interviewing Dr Martin Lee from the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and founder of the 'no phone zone' website on the overuse of mobile devices.
We were bowled over and astonished by the statistics he provided and when compared to our own survey at Newcastle's Excelsior Academy, our results were just as excessive.
We discovered approximately 75% of pupils we spoke to, use their phone for more than four hours a day.
Mr Lee informed us of the negative effects of the overuse of our devices, particularly the impact on our sleeping habits.
He also said further problems could arise such as mental health issues, lack of social interaction as well as the decline in our school work, if the device habit persisted.
Should our parents have more of a say in how much time we spend on them or is down to us ultimately to take more responsibility? Maybe both!Copyright: Excelsior Academy
Carla and Jessica
Reporters, BBC School Report
Good afternoon from Newcastle's Excelsior Academy.
Our roving reporters are ready for a news packed day! We have so much to report on this year.
Our school is very diverse and we have much to discuss from the importance of British values to the overuse of mobile phones by our generation!
Here at Excelsior we are a multi cultural and diverse place where everyone has the right to think differently.
We are learning how to put news stories together and are hoping to run our radio station.
Fingers crossed next year that's where we will be reporting from!
BBC News Website, Health Editor
Doctors in Newcastle have been given the first UK licence to create babies from two women and one man, the fertility regulator says.
The advanced form of IVF will be used to prevent children dying from genetic diseases.
The first child could be born, at the earliest, by the end of 2017.
The team at the Newcastle Fertility Centre said it was "good news" and a "momentous day" for patients.Copyright: Thinkstock
It's BBC School Report's 11th annual News Day with more than 900 schools around the UK taking part, including some in the North East.
Up to 30,000 pupils will be involving producing reports and taking part in events.
We'll bring you updates duing the day of what some of the schools in our patch have been doing.
You can click on this link to find out which schools are taking part.