Singer Paolo Nutini has been cleared of drink-driving in his home town earlier this year.
North East Emergency Waiting Times Revealed
Waiting times at A and E departments in South Tyneside are the worst in the North East.
The NHS say only 78% of patients there were seen within a four hour target in the last three months of 2014 - the aim is 95%.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust also underperformed, with only 78.6% of people seen within the same time frame.
Nationally 92.6% of patients were seen withing 4 hours - below the target of 95%.
The Health Secretary insists the government's "absolutely determined" to cut waiting times in A and E departments, but insists the service isn't doing badly compared with other countries.
NORTH EAST NHS TRUST PERFORMANCES
|NHS Trust||% Of Patients
Than 4 Hours
|County Durham And Darlington||78.6%|
|City Hospitals Sunderland||86.6%|
|South Tees Hospitals||92.5%|
|North Tees And Hartlepool||92.6%|
A gang have been jailed for more than 80 years for the murder of dad of 2 in North Shields
Police say two children are in intensive care after a car hit six people in a crowd in Newcastle.
Two people have been convicted of the murder of Jimmy Prout. Two others have been found guilty of causing or allowing his death
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