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  1. Breakthrough made in child cancer research

    Newcastle University scientists say they have made a significant breakthrough in the treatment of neuroblastoma, the form of childhood cancer which took the life of Sunderland super-fan Bradley Lowery.

    A study has found a genetic marker in tumours from patients with the "high-risk" form of the disease, which usually means they will respond less well to treatment.

    But drugs are available which inhibit the problem gene and could lead to a cure, the researchers say.

    Professor Deborah Tweddle

    Professor Deborah Tweddle, from the Newcastle University Centre for Cancer, said: “Our study is an exciting development, which has improved our understanding of the spread of neuroblastoma and why some young patients may be at high risk of the disease advancing.

    "High-risk neuroblastoma is the commonest type of neuroblastoma, and occurs in around 50 children each year in the UK and it's one of the hardest children's cancers to cure and as a result of that we need to keep doing research to see if we can improve treatment and outcome for children."

    What is neuroblastoma?

    • It is a rare type of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children.
    • It develops from specialised nerve cells (neuroblasts) left behind from a baby's development in the womb.
    • It affects about 100 children each year in the UK.
    • The cause is unknown.
    • In very rare cases children in the same family can be affected, but generally neuroblastoma does not run in families.

    Source: NHS Choices

  2. Fire service asks people not to light barbecues or campfires

    An extreme fire risk warning has been issued in Northumberland because of the recent spell of dry weather, with the fire service asking people not to light barbecues or camp fires.

    In the past 12 months there have been eight wildfires in the county alone, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said.

    The most recent one (pictured below) at Kyloe Woods, near Fenwick, resulted in a fire covering an area about the size of six football pitches.

    Damage caused at Kyloe Woods

    Rob Stacey, of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said crews had attended small fires from "about 120 portable barbecues and camp fires" and "these are a problem".

    "And it's not just the woodlands, we're also concerned about the moorland, the grassland and the dunes on the coast as well.

    He added: "In all of these environments we've got vegetation, which can dry out very quickly at this time of year and just a small ignition can result in a big fire developing very quickly."

    Earlier this week, the Co-op announced it would no longer be selling disposable barbecues near UK national parks.

    The retailer said 130 shops situated in or within a one-mile (1.6km) radius would withdraw the sale of the product.

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    Video caption: TikTok: How Newcastle woman's Show me the Life Hack went viral

    Kelly Hurst says her simple idea has been viewed more than seven million times.

  4. Covid: Newcastle nightclub boss says he will do 'whatever we have to'

    A Newcastle nightclub manager says he will do "whatever we have to, to make it safe to reopen", as it looks like lockdown restrictions are set to stay in place a while longer for some sections of the hospitality industry.

    Government sources have told the BBC most coronavirus rules will remain in place in England for another four weeks, a delay to the planned 21 June unlocking.

    It would likely mean nightclubs would remain closed.

    Tom Caulker, who runs World Headquarters nightclub, said: "The last thing we want to do is reopen and anyone gets sick from coming to the club, that's not what we want.

    "We want a proper recovery, not a false dawn where we have to close again - we want to be on the other side of this thing, it's been a long, hard road."

    Generic image of nightclub interior
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    Severe accident: Tyne And Wear southbound

    BBC News Travel

    Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

    Tyne And Wear - Tyne Bridge in Newcastle-upon-Tyne closed and stationary southbound from the Newcastle-upon-Tyne junction to the Newcastle-upon-Tyne junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. Hollywood movie filming inspires kittens' names

    Four kittens born at the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter have been named Harrison, Ford, Indiana and Jones, inspired by the latest Hollywood blockbuster being filmed in the region.

    Their mum, Miley, was brought into the shelter as a heavily pregnant stray in March and the kittens arrived five days later.

    Indiana (left) & Jones (right)

    The very cute kittens will be rehomed once they're old enough.

    Ford (left) & Harrison (right)
  7. Fire at derelict pub closes Newcastle road

    Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a disused building in Newcastle.

    It started on Thursday afternoon in the derelict bar which was known as Stereo on City Road.

    The A186 is closed westbound between the Gibson Street and Forster street junctions due to safety concerns.

    It's not the first time there's been a blaze at the site, in 2019 the building was damaged in a suspected arson attack.

    Fire engines outside the former Stereo bar
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    Severe disruption: A186 Tyne And Wear westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A186 Tyne And Wear westbound severe disruption, from Gibson Street to Forster Street.

    A186 Tyne And Wear - A186 City Road in Newcastle Upon Tyne closed westbound from the Gibson Street junction to the Forster Street junction, because of a fire at a building.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time