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A judge has ordered an urgent hearing of a new legal challenge to proposals to change the provision of children's heart surgery in England.
The proposals involve stopping operations at three hospitals, including Leeds General Infirmary.
A man has been charged with the murder of a teenage boy in Sunderland in 1990.
Police are urging shoppers in Darlington to be extra vigilant after a spate of purse thefts in the town centre.
The purses were plucked out of the handbags of shoppers who were unaware of what had happened until they next went to reach for their purse.
Four cases were reported to the police yesterday and all took place between noon and 1pm in the town centre.
Vintage motorbikes stolen in rural burglaries. Can you help? http://t.co/0hOgKpIx— @NYorksPolice 21 November 2012
A rally attended by thousands of students was abandoned today after a union leader was heckled and forced from the stage.
Students from across the country, including many from the North-East, took part in the central London demonstration, despite the pouring rain, to protest against the tuition fee hike, debt and youth unemployment.
Bishop of Durham enjoys joke with Chancellor on subject of women bishops.
The incoming Archbishop of Canterbury sits on the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, which is carrying out an inquiry into the culture and practices of the financial services industry.
After Mr Osborne mentioned lay members of banking boards while giving evidence today, the Bishop provoked laughter by saying: "Thank you, Chancellor, that when you said lay people, you didn't say male lay people, (given) the present situation I'm facing."
Lining up interviews with motorcycling legend Carl Fogarty and North-East actor Mark Benton. Both will be interesting for completely contrasting reasons.
Vinter thanked the judge before being led away to his high security cell in Long Lartin.— @graemeecho 21 November 2012
Vinter was given an indeterminate sentence which would have been ten years if he wasn't classed as a dangerous inmate.— @graemeecho 21 November 2012
In mitigation Mark Foley says Vinter is now without hope and has no incentive for rehabilitation as he faces never being released.— @graemeecho 21 November 2012
Vinter is already serving a whole life sentence for two murders.— @graemeecho 21 November 2012
Vinter is sat laughing at the prosecutor saying he hasn't got a clue.— @graemeecho 21 November 2012
Vinter said Whiting was only still alive because he got tired during the attack. Whiting has made a full recovery from the attack.— @graemeecho 21 November 2012
during interview following the attack Vinter said he would kill a high profile inmate to secure a move to a different prison.— @graemeecho 21 November 2012
Due to rain flood at #Stressholme #Darlington the Course & Driving Range has been closed, Clubhouse remains open http://t.co/IpVaq5fO— @Leisure_Service 21 November 2012
waiting for the video link to be start for Gary Vinter who is to be sentenced for attacking Roy Whiting in prison— @graemeecho 21 November 2012
A Catholic brotherhood which supplied teachers to a residential school can be held legally responsible for sexual abuse of boys, leading judges ruled today.
Around 170 men are seeking damages after alleging they were abused as children at St Williams in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire, and a former head was convicted numerous serious sexual offences, the Supreme Court heard.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams said today the Church of England has a "lot of explaining" to do after the General Synod rejected legislation introducing the first women bishops.
Dr Williams said the Church of England had undoubtedly lost a measure of credibility in wider society following the defeat of the legislation.
"We have, to put it very bluntly, a lot of explaining to do," he told the General Synod.
Operation Saxon running in #Darlington town centre today to deter shoplifters,tackle retail crime and provide visible #Police presence.— @DarloTownPolice 21 November 2012
Personally, the money that Abramovich has put into Chelsea means he can - and does - do what he wants. Where would they be without his £?— @MasonEcho 21 November 2012
Can't accept that it's a bad deal for Di Matteo. Put it this way, I'd not be sobbing about a multi-£m pay-off if I was given the chop.— @MasonEcho 21 November 2012
I'd say I can't believe DiMatteo sacked by Chelsea already but that would be a lie. Benitez would be ideal appointment for Torres. #lfc #cfc— @paulfraserecho 21 November 2012