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Laidlaw wants Scotland performance 'for the fans'

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is calling upon his team to 'do it for the fans' and clinch qualification for the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.

The Scots face Samoa in their final match in Pool B at St James' Park in Newcastle on Saturday, knowing a win would guarantee their progression to the knockout stages.

Tens of thousands of Scots are expected to travel to Newcastle for the game, giving Laidlaw and his teammates a strong support base.



175th anniversary of Newcastle to Carlisle railway line

Celebrations are being held for the 175th anniversary of the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line.

A special historical service will leave for Carlisle at 11.22am.

"We are delighted to celebrate the 175 years of Newcastle upon Tyne and Carlisle.

"The railway opened in parts from 1836, construction starting in 1830 and was the first coast to coast route in the world."

– John Gillott, Partnership Officer , Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership

It is the oldest coast to coast passenger line in the UK and opened in 1838.

Decision expected about children's heart units

A decision is expected about the future of children's heart surgery at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.

The government has been reviewing an earlier decision to close the unit in Leeds and keep Newcastle open as a Centre for Excellence.

The hospital in Newcastle takes patients from across Cumbria and southern Scotland. Follow updates on this story here.

Police patrols for Newcastle to Carlisle trains

British Transport Police is increasing police patrols on some services travelling from Newcastle to Carlisle on a Saturday evening.

The extra patrols have been put in place on the 19.24 and 21.18 services following a increase in reports from passengers and staff of a number of people on-board both trains causing disruption and anti social behaviour.

BTP officers will be on hand at Newcastle station to see the trains arrive and oversee their departure. Officers will also travel on the trains to prevent disruption during the journey.

The 21.18 service has been designated as a dry train; alcohol will not be allowed on-board.

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