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Newcastle set to appoint Cathro as McClaren's number two

Ian Cathro is set to be appointed as Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren's assistant.

Press Association Sport understands the 28-year-old Scot, who left a similar post at Valencia at the end of last season, has accepted the Magpies' offer to join McClaren's staff after a lengthy search.

Cathro, who started coaching in his teens after injury ended his fledgling playing career, has emerged as a target in recent days and while the club is yet to confirm his appointment, it is understood a deal is now in place.

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Six questioned over murder of disabled man

Six people are in custody in connection with the murder of a 24-year-old man whose death is being treated as a disability hate crime, police said.

Lee Irving was discovered on a grassed area in Newcastle on Saturday.

Northumbria Police said four men aged 23, 28, 31 and 50 and two women aged 20 and 50 remain in custody helping police with their enquiries.

Murdered disabled man 'a wonderful young man'

Lee Irving Credit: Northumbria Police

The family of a Newcastle man believed to have been murdered in a disability hate crime have paid tribute to a "wonderful young man".

Lee Irving, 24, was found dead in Fawdon on Sunday, with five people currently in custody in connection with the police investigation.

His family said he loved "ice skating, going to the pictures and enjoying life".

He will be very sadly missed by all who knew him. What we have lost is irreplaceable and we must live with our loss every day.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us at this devastating time. Lee will always remain in our hearts and thoughts.

– Family statement

Newcastle man's murder 'may be disability hate crime'

The man was found dead on a patch of grassland near the A1 in Fawdon. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Police investigating the murder of a 24-year-old man are treating his death as a disability hate crime.

Lee Irving was discovered on a grassed area in Newcastle on Saturday. He was wearing a tracksuit but had no socks and just one trainer on.

Four men and one woman have since been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Northumbria Police Superintendent Bruce Storey said: "It's thought those involved in this incident know each other.

"Lee had learning difficulties and was vulnerable. One of our key lines of inquiry was to establish whether this is a factor in his death and a motivation in this crime."

The local community are said to be "shocked and appalled" by Mr Irving's death and extra officers are carrying out patrols in the area to offer reassurance.

Inquiries are ongoing and police want to speak to anyone who was in the Fawdon area between 7am and 9am on Saturday morning.

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Man charged with handing out terrorist publications

A man from Newcastle has been charged with disseminating terrorist publications, police have revealed.

Mohammed Abdal Miah, aged 32, was arrested on Monday and will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in London today to face four charges.

A police spokesman said the investigation was intelligence-led, and said nobody from the community had been at immediate risk.

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