Northumbria Police have issued a warning about dangerous tablets circulating in the Blyth area. The tablets - known as "Pinkies" - may be either illegal drugs or unprescribed medicine. The warning by Det Supt Lisa Orchard follows the deaths of two men in the past week. A woman is also in a serious condition in hospital. It's not yet known whether any of the three had taken so-called Pinkies.
To see Det Supt Orchard's warning click below.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was happy with his side's performance after their 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St James' Park.
Speaking after the match, Wenger also praised Newcastle's resilience after Aleksandar Mitrovic's red card reduced the hosts to ten men after 16 minutes.
Watch the full post-match press conference.
Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren remains upbeat despite his side's 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal.
An own goal from Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini was enough to secure victory for the away side. Newcastle were forced to play most of the game with ten men after striker Aleksander Mitrovic was sent off early on.
Watch Steve McClaren's full post-match press conference.
Police are issuing a warning over concerns around a drug known as 'pinkie'.
The substance comes in pink coloured tablets and it is not known if the drug is illegal or an unprescribed medication.
Two men aged in their 30s died, and one woman aged in her 20s, is in a critical condition in hospital in Blyth after taking drugs. Although it is not known whether the three took the tablets in question.
Superintendent Lisa Orchard, from Northumbria Police, said:
A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in drugs supply.
Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been sent off. Still Newcastle United 0-0 Arsenal.
One of the companies which sold tickets for the Sir Tom Jones concert in Alnwick, has told its customers it will not be offering refunds.
The gig at Alnwick Castle, on 8th August, ended early because of a power failure. Around 7,500 people were in the audience.
The Teesside-based organiser, Loose Cannon, has since apologised for what happened, blaming the power cut on the failure of two generators which it says were provided by a contractor. Loose Cannon says it will not discuss the issue of compensation until more facts are known.
Now the ticket sales company Ticketmaster has e-mailed its customers to say it will not be offering a refund on the grounds that the 'majority' of the concert went ahead. Ticketmaster stresses that proceeds from ticket sales have now been passed to its clients and are no longer in its control.
Below is the full text of the e-mail from Ticketmaster to customers:
Newcastle United: Krul, Haidara, Coloccini, Mbemba, Janmaat, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, Mitrovic. Subs: Darlow, Taylor, Tiote, Perez, Obertan, De Jong, Cisse.
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlin, Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott. Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Chambers, Arteta, Campbell, Giroud.
A new high-tech floodlighting and CCTV system will be trialled at Penshaw Monument over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Eighteen LED lights have been installed at the base of each pillar to allow a softer, white effect. The floodlights can also be programmed to display colour changing light effects meaning special anniversaries or events such as football celebrations could be highlighted in colour on the landmark.
The £43,000 investment will reduce energy costs by up to 80 per cent and save around £8,000 a year in running costs.
A woman from Harrogate is preparing to embark on a year-long sailing challenge, despite having little previous experience of the sport.
Sue Ball is taking part in the Clipper Round the World Race, which will begin on Sunday 30th August.
The race is unusual because the crews are a mixture of novice sailors, led by experienced skippers.
This will be a tough challenge; fewer people can claim to have sailed round the world than have climbed Everest. Sue, who is a nursery manager, told us it was an opportunity not to be missed.