Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Amnesty's Deadly Haul; Region's Hospitals Treating 250 Flu Sufferers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Amnesty's Deadly Haul; Region's Hospitals Treating 250 Flu Sufferers

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk @Sophie_Doughty

NORTH East hospitals have revealed there are currently 250 people in hospital with flu, with a 30% increase in admissions in the last 24 hours.

As cold weather grips the region, NHS figures show that 57 people have been admitted to wards since Wednesday. There has been a "significant rise" in flu cases in recent weeks, according to a regional health service spokesperson, and hospitals are urging people who have symptoms to stay at home to prevent it from spreading. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have the most inpatients, with 77 so far this winter and 20 admitted in the last 24 hours. City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust have seen the second most with 49 and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have confirmed 48 cases. Public health England have confirmed that seasonal flu activity levels have been on the rise in the last week across the UK but the rate of increase is slowing.

An NHS spokesperson said: "It is really important that everyone who is eligible, including all frontline NHS staff, get the flu jab ASAP to protect themselves and others."

BALLISTICS experts will examine four guns - including an AK-47 assault rifle similar to those used in deadly terror attacks - handed in at Tyneside police stations.

The public was asked to surrender their firearms to officers late last year as part of a national gun amnesty.

Northumbria Police gave people the opportunity to bring any firearms or ammunition they might possess to police stations across the force area as part of the national firearms surrender campaign, Operation Aztec.

Under the initiative, anyone who handed in a weapon did not face prosecution for possession.

All four were analysis believed to good faith no unlawful Police During the twoweek operation in November, a staggering 280 weapons were given up.

The majority will now be destroyed, while some that are of historical interest will be donated to museums.

However, four of the firearms gave police cause for suspicion.

These will now be sent away to the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) where they will be examined by experts to see whether they are linked to any crimes in the past. …

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