10 years of Girls Aloud

To celebrate the return of Girls Aloud to the region on their 'Ten' tour, we put together a gallery to show ten years of Girls Aloud.

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Great North runners expected to be hit by storms

The Great North Run will be hit by rain and strong gusts of wind today as stormy conditions roll in across much of the UK, heralding the beginning of autumn.

Competitors run over Tyne Bridge during the Great North Run in Newcastle in 2012. Credit: PA Wire

As some 55,000 people set off on the half-marathon in Newcastle, winds in the area are expected to be up to 40mph, and will increase to 45mph in the afternoon.

Western areas of Scotland are expected to see the worst rain of the day, with 30-40mm falling in some places. It will also bear the brunt of the windy conditions, with Northern Ireland and Cumbria, with some tree branches expected to be brought down by the gusts.

The rest of the UK is expected to see cool, cloudy and windy conditions, with no signs of a return of any sunshine.

Mo Farah to kick start the Great North Run weekend

World Champion and Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has been announced as the honorary starter of the Bupa Great North Run weekend in Newcastle tomorrow.

Mo Farah celebrating as he wins the Men's 5,000m at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
Mo Farah celebrating as he wins the Men's 5,000m at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Farah will fire the starting pistol for the shorter 5km event, organisers said.

Fresh from his gold medal successes in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, will then take on famous long-distance runners Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele in the longer run.

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University students to organise start-up in a brewery

Newcastle University is to set up the country's first student-run brewery in a bid to teach entrepreneurial skills and improve the institution's green credentials.

Students will take charge of all aspects of the production from the growth of ingredients to the bottling and marketing of the finished product.

Students will be responsible for every aspect of the brewery, from growing ingredients to marketing
Students will be responsible for every aspect of the brewery, from growing ingredients to marketing Credit: Jacob Ehrbahn/Polfoto/Press Association Images

The microbrewery - dubbed 'Stu Brew' - is to be set up in a disused barn in the coming weeks and will use ingredients grown in the university's community allotments.

Bob Milan, manager of the NUSU community action projects, said: "This is a first for all of us involved so we don't know yet what our beer will turn out like but we're determined it will be good and made with the very best ingredients and a lot of enthusiasm."

The first samples are due for taste-testing in the New Year.

Heavy police presence in Newcastle for EDL protest

There is a heavy police presence in Newcastle for a planned demonstration by the English Defence League over the death of a British soldier in Woolwich.

Police vans lined up in Newcastle
Police vans lined up in Newcastle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees / Ross Hutchinson

About 1,000 officers were expected to be on duty in the city centre, backed by 10 police horses on loan from the West Yorkshire force.

A statement on the Northumbria Police website said: "We appreciate that the events in London on Thursday may have heightened community concerns about this weekend's planned protests in Newcastle.

"We are constantly monitoring the situation and will continue to adapt accordingly."

Police appeal to the public over derby football violence

Northumbria Police have urged the public to come forward and help identify people they need to trace following football violence over the weekend.

Outbreaks of disorder came after Newcastle had lost 0-3 to rivals Sunderland in their Premier League game at St James' Park.

Northumbria Police have handed out images of people they need to trace following football violence. These men were spotted on Westgate Road. Credit: Northumbria Police/ PA Wire
Outbreaks of disorder resulting in 29 arrests and three police officers being injured. Credit: Northumbria Police/ PA Wire

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Police release images after Newcastle football violence

Police have released images of people they need to trace following football violence after the Tyne-Wear derby at the weekend.

Outbreaks of disorder across Newcastle city centre resulted in 29 arrests and three police officers being injured.

Northumbria Police have asked for the public's help in identifying people from the CCTV footage.

Northumbria Police have handed out images of people they need to trace following football violence. These men were spotted on Westgate Road. Credit: Northumbria Police/ PA Wire
Outbreaks of disorder resulting in 29 arrests and three police officers being injured. Credit: Northumbria Police/ PA Wire

Newcastle horse punch man claims to be 'animal lover'

The man seen punching a police horse during the football violence in Newcastle at the weekend has insisted he is an animal lover.

Barry Rogerson, 45, from Morpeth in Northumberland, was caught on camera lashing out at a police horse before he was hauled to the ground by officers.

Read: Police horse 'fine' after football fan punch attempt

Speaking to newspapers today, the unemployed factory worker accepted he acted stupidly, but said the horse startled him and made him panic.

He told the Daily Mirror: "I reacted stupidly. I did not go out to attack a horse.

"I love animals - I've got three dogs, a fish pond out the back and I feed foxes across the road."

He said the pictures made the incident look worse than it was but that he had no excuse.

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