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  1. Updates on Tuesday 14 November 2017

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  2. Pedestrian killed after being struck by truck

    A pedestrian has died after being struck by a truck in Gateshead.

    The collision happened at just after 11.15 in Durham Road, near the junction with Belle Vue Bank.

    The driver of the truck, a 51-year-old man, is currently helping police with their inquiries.

  3. Hunt for biking sex attacker targeting school children

    Police are hunting a sex attacker on a bike who may have targeted two children near a school on South Tyneside.

    The first attack happened when a teenage girl was walking to Hebburn Comprehensive School on Campbell Park Road, just before 09:00 when she was approached by a man on a bike.

    She was unhurt but very shocked by what happened, police said.

    Officers believe the same man on a bike carried out a similar attack near the school on 7 November.

    Extra patrols are being carried out near the school and CCTV cameras are being checked in the area.

    Northumbria Police
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    Video caption: Heart donor appeal for six-week-old Charlie Douthwaite

    The family of a six-week-old baby born with "half a heart" make an urgent appeal for donors.

  5. Seven arrests including youths after pair attacked in street fracas

    Seven people have been arrested after a man and woman were attacked in the street.

    Police said a fracas involving a large crowd broke out in Waterville Road, North Shields, on 23 October at 17:30.

    A spokesman for Northumbria Police said two women aged 16 and 18 years and five youths aged between 13 and 16 years had all been charged with violent disorder.

    Police are still trying to trace the man and woman who were attacked and urge anyone with any information to make contact.

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  6. Surgeon's 'fears' for baby Charlie in need of new heart

    Mark Denten

    BBC Look North

    A heart surgeon caring for a six-week-old baby who needs a new heart has spoken of his "fears" for the baby's survival.

    Charlie Douthwaite is the youngest person in Britain waiting for a transplant at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

    Asif Hassan, who is also the director of transplantation at the hospital, said a new heart has to be found within weeks.

    He said: "We have got him to a stage where we could put him on mechanical assistance supporting the heart to pump blood around the body.

    "I'm very fearful if we don't get a heart in the next few weeks, it would mean in the next few months Charlie might not be here."

    Asif Hassan
  7. Desperate plea for new heart for six-week-old boy

    The family of a six-week-old Newcastle baby born with half a heart have made an urgent appeal for donors.

    Charlie Douthwaite is the youngest person in Britain waiting for a transplant at the city's Freeman Hospital.

    His family have now made a European-wide appeal for a donor.

    His mum Tracie said: "He had a cardiac arrest. It took 30 minutes to bring him back.

    "Charlie's my world and I know that there's a parent out there who could be a position to help and that baby's their world."

    Charlie and Tracie
  8. Man 'murdered stepson by smashing head into fireplace'

    A man murdered his stepson by swinging him around and smashing his head into a fireplace and then lied about it for 50 years, a court has heard.

    David Dearlove, 71, is accused of killing 19-month-old Paul Booth in Stockton in 1968.

    The toddler's then three-year-old brother Peter claimed he had crept downstairs and witnessed the attack through a crack in a door.

    He tried to get police to reopen the investigation on three occasions but was unsuccessful.

    This changed in 2015 when Peter became angry by a picture on Facebook of Mr Dearlove, who now lives in Great Yarmouth, holding his younger brother, and as a result he gave an interview to the police.

    Mr Dearlove denies murder as well as manslaughter and three charges of cruelty. The trial continues.

  9. Library to close for essential maintenance work

    A County Durham library is to close temporarily to enable maintenance work to be carried out.

    Shildon Library will be closed for six weeks from Friday while structural repairs are undertaken.

    During the closure, Woodhouse Close Library will be open for an additional two days a week and the borrowing limit on books will be increased.

    In addition, a click and collect service will operate from Shildon Sunnydale Leisure Centre, allowing customers to reserve books online for collection on Mondays between 09.30 and 17:00.