A police horse seen being punched by a football fan is "safe and well" this morning, its police force said.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio denied he was a racist or fascist after his controversial appointment received fresh criticism.
Yesterday's press conference at Sunderland's Academy of Light training base was illuminating in every way but one.
The Sunderland chaplain who presented a red and white striped shirt to Pope Francis said the pontiff was "delighted to keep it" and took the gift back to the papal apartments.
Father Marc Lyden-Smith said the Pope was aware of the Wearside club's struggles and told him: "They not do too well at the moment."
"I said no, no, Holy Father. They are bottom of the Premier League. We need you to pray."
"Very diplomatically, he said: 'I pray for all footballers that they reach their potential.'"
"I'd like to think that he'll be wearing [the Sunderland shirt] on Sunday afternoon," the chaplain added.
Winless Sunderland face fierce local rivals Newcastle United in Wear-Tyne derby this Sunday.
A Premier League star has been charged with drink driving after he was arrested while team mates played in a cup game last night.
Sunderland striker Stephane Sessegnon was stopped by Northumbria Police on Westgate Road, Newcastle, at 7.51pm yesterday, around the time the Black Cats went 1-0 down to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup clash at the Stadium of Light.
A police spokesman said Sessegnon, who plays for the Benin national side, has been charged with drink driving and will appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court on October 4.
A Typhoon Eurofighter thrilled crowds with a display of air acrobatics at the 25th Sunderland International Airshow today.
The Red Arrows were one of the star attractions at the 25th Sunderland Airshow today.
Thousands of people are expected to attend the event over the course of the weekend.
Police have launched an investigation after a man and woman were found dead at a house in Sunderland.
Northumbria Police said their deaths are being treated as suspicious.
Police and paramedics went to the home this afternoon after a relative "reported concern for the welfare of a couple living there".
Their bodies were found in a bedroom at the property.
Sunderland Area Commander Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth said, "We are in the early stages of our investigation into these deaths".
"The deaths are being treated as suspicious and we have additional officers in the area both to reassure the local community and help with the investigation".
Anyone with information is being urged to contact police on the 101 non-emergency number, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
After he was contacted by the Attorney General's office Dean Liddle posted the following tweets:
Just been served with court papers for posting picture of sick child killers Venables and Thompson. What a joke.
Love them to take me to court. I'll tell them exactly why I posted pictures of sick child killers.
But he quickly changed his tune when he received the letter saying that he would be prosecuted.
He then wrote and apologised, saying he had not fully understood the terms of the injunction and that he had seen the same images on hundreds of other sites.
The images were posted by Dean Liddle at 1.42am and removed less than an hour later, after questions were raised that they may have got the wrong people. The Twitter profile of Liddle had 915 followers.
The conversation that followed on the social network site said that it might be Venables and Liddle responds: "I was passed these by a friend if there is doubt about it being him I will remove."
He had earlier said in response to suggestion that child killers should be locked up for life: "I don't think that all child killers should be but after release he was arrested for child porn so agree here."
Neil Harkins and Dean Liddle, who are accused of breaching the injunction that stops identification of James Bulger's killers, have arrived at the High Court.
Lawyers for both men have indicated to the court that they accept that they are in contempt of the injunction.
The court has broken to give the men more time with their lawyers.
A 45-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of violent disorder by Northumbria Police, following an incident involving a police horse, has been released on police bail.
Two further men - aged 41 and 18 - and a youth aged 15 - who were also arrested on suspicion of violent disorder by British Transport Police have also been bailed, pending further inquiries.
Police are appealing to members of the public to get in touch with any information or footage that might help their investigation into the disorder by football fans after this Sunday's derby match.
Chief Superintendent Steve Neill spoke to ITV News about the need to bring the fans involved in the violence to justice.