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Comedian gives cash to Berwick family

Comedian Jason Manford has donated the takings of 5 shows in Berwick to a local couple, whose son Roman has an incurable, terminal disease.

The Bolton comedian turned up at the Berwick home of Stuart Greenlees and Rachael Laidlaw before one of his shows at The Maltings.

He met their 10 month old son Roman, who has recently been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Alpers disease.

The couple want to make Roman's life as comfortable as possible, and are raising money to buy him specialist sensory equipment.

His parents have set up a website in his name to collect donations.

Since the comedian posted a link to it on his Facebook page, more than £6000 has been donated.

Donations can be given here.


Berwick arrange Newcastle United friendly

Berwick Rangers will host Newcastle United at Shielfield Park on Friday 7 September Credit: ITV

Berwick Rangers have announced the club will host Newcastle United in a friendly match on Friday 7 September.

The Scottish Third Division side have organised the clash with the Magpies as there are no domestic games this weekend due to international fixtures.

The match at Shielfield Park kicks off at 7:45pm.

Police praise fans after Berwick match

Northumbria Police have praised fans who attended Berwick's home match against Glasgow Rangers.

More than 4,000 spectators packed into Shielfield Park yesterday afternoon to see the 1-1 draw. Three people were arrested for minor offences, but police have praised the behaviour of most fans.

Superintendent Derek Scott said:

"I would like to praise the majority of fans who were mainly good natured and only interested in the action on the pitch.

"Public safety is always out number one priority, and given the rural location and number attending the ground, we had a policing plan in place.

"We have received reports that some sectarian chanting did occur and these reports will be fully investigated and reported to the relevant Scottish authorities."

– Superintendent Derek Scott, Northumbria Police


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