A football fan who was filmed attempting to punch a police horse has told ITV News that he is ashamed of his actions.
A police horse seen being punched by a football fan is "safe and well" this morning, its police force said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has pulled out of the club's pre-season tour after refusing to wear the Wonga-sponsored shirt, according to the BBC.
Cisse, a practicing muslim, had reportedly offered to wear a charity logo on his shirt because he did not want to benefit from a payday lender.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
West Yorkshire Police have tweeted that Police Horse Bud has received dozens of messages of support in the post. Bud was attacked in football riots in Newcastle at the weekend.
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