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Boro fans told to allow extra time for Birmingham journey

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Cleveland Police are advising Middlesbrough FC fans travelling for the Championship game against Birmingham City to leave extra time for their journey.

The roads are expected to be extra busy with traffic going to the match and rush hour traffic.

The gates at Birmingham City Football Club will be open at 6pm and fans should allow also extra time to enter the ground as all fans will be searched.

Around 30 coaches of Boro fans are expected to attend the game later today.

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Falcons name homegrown side for Saracens

Falcons' Chris Harris is taken down against Gloucester Credit: PA

Newcastle Falcons have named their squad for their away trip to Saracens, with a very English-flavour.

All but one of the side is qualified to represent England, with the exception being prop Taione Vea, who has represented Tonga.

The side also features the Premiership debut of openside-flanker Dan Temm, who has featured heavily for the Falcons' European cup sides and local side Tynedale RFC.

Going into the penultimate round of the Aviva Premiership, the Falcons sit 7 points above fellow relegation-battlers London Irish, who sit in the solitary relegation spot at the foot of the table.

Scrum coach and Blaydon RFC Director of Rugby Micky Ward said:

Spirits are pretty high in the camp but the job isn’t finished yet.

We are not mathematically safe but we are in a far better position than London Irish, and a far better position than we were a couple of weeks ago. We are nearly over the line and it is down to us now. It is in our own hands, we can decide it this weekend by taking points at Saracens and putting it beyond all doubt.

Mental strength is something we talk about a lot here. It is not just the physical side, it is sticking to our systems under pressure, doing the things we talk about during the week and making sure we put into place the plans we have laid. We did a lot of that against London Irish, we knew where they would attack us and we did a pretty decent job of coping with that in difficult conditions.

– Micky Ward
  • 1 Rob Vickers
  • 2 George McGuigan
  • 3 Taione Vea
  • 4 Mouritz Botha
  • 5 Sean Robinson
  • 6 Will Welch (captain)
  • 7 Dan Temm
  • 8 Mark Wilson
  • 15 Simon Hammersley
  • 14 Alex Tait
  • 13 Chris Harris
  • 12 Adam Powell
  • 11 Marcus Watson
  • 10 Craig Willis
  • 9 Michael Young

Replacements:

  • 16 Rob Hawkins
  • 17 Alex Rogers
  • 18 Andrew Foster
  • 19 Calum Green
  • 20 Richard Mayhew
  • 21 Ruki Tipuna
  • 22 Tom Catterick
  • 23 Tom Penny

Man arrested after attempted car theft in Tynemouth

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Police have arrested a man after he was caught trying car door handles in Tynemouth.

At just after midnight after today (Friday, April 29) police received a report of a man trying car door handles in Park Crescent East, Park Avenue and Park Terrace.

Officers who were on patrol in the area responded and arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of theft.

He remains in police custody.

Shane Tunney trial: Defence continues

Shane Tunney died five weeks after he was attacked on Norton High Street last June

The trial is continuing of seven teenagers accused of the murder of Shane Tunney on Teesside.

Eighteen-year-old Brandon Pitt has been giving evidence as the defence continues.

A jury at Teesside Crown Court has previously heard that twenty four year old Mr Tunney died nearly five weeks after an alleged attack, as he and his friend, Anthony Kirk, went for some late-night food in Norton in June 2015.

Brandon Pitt, eighteen-year-olds Kearan Terry Davis, his cousin Kieran Harry Davis, Jake Douglas, a sixteen-year-old boy and two seventeen year olds, who can't be named for legal reasons, deny murder and a charge of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Kirk.

The case at Teesside Crown Court continues.

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Delays on the Metro caused by faulty doors on trains

Operator DB Regio found a fault with some of the doors on some of the Metro trains, leading to delays during rush hour Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Have you experienced delays on the Metro system over the past few days?

If so - it's down to there being less trains running on the shorter busier routes at peak times.

So where are the trains?

Operator DB Regio found a fault with some of the doors on some of the Metro trains.

This means they are being tested - and to do this, trains are being temporarily taken out of service.

A Metro spokesperson told us the main routes affected during rush hour (0700 to 0930 and 1630 to 1900) involve the following trains:

  • Pelaw
  • Monkseaton
  • Regent Centre

It's hoped that services will be back to normal by Tuesday, with the problem not likely to affect the quieter weekend and Bank Holiday services.

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Did you know?

  • There are 90 Metro trains (individual cars) available in total on the system
  • 78 run on the lines at peak time
  • 54 run at the weekend
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Find out more about ant delays to the system here

Man threatened with knife in North Shields library

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was threatened with a knife in North Shields library.

It happened at 1pm on Wednesday (April 27) when an argument broke out between two groups of men in North Shields Library in Northumberland Square.

One of the men threatened another man with a knife before chasing him through the library.

"Enquires into this incident are ongoing and we are appealing to anyone who was in the library at the time of this incident and who may have information to help to contact us.

"Officers were deployed to the area straight away to speak with people and offer reassurance. This incident has caused distress to other people who were in the library at the time and we will not tolerate violent or threatening behaviour in our community.

"We believe the men involved were known to each other and urge anyone who can help identify them to contact police."

– North Shields Neighbourhood Inspector, Neil Armsworth

Anyone with information to help is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 0434 27/04/16.

Appeal after sexual assault on bus

Police are appealing for information after a man tried to touch and kiss a woman on a bus between Newcastle and South Tyneside.

It happened at around 8:40pm on Monday, February 15.

A man on the X34 bus touched the woman inappropriately on the leg and tried to kiss her.

The man got on the bus at the Gateshead interchange and got off on Galsworthy Road in South Shields at around 8.55pm.

He is described as:

  • Being white
  • Around 6ft tall
  • In his early 30s
  • Of slim build.
  • He has short brown hair, a sunken face and stubble
  • His top front two teeth were crooked and he spoke with a local accent
  • He was wearing a black raincoat, blue jeans and trainers

A woman who was travelling on the bus at the time of the incident spoke to the victim and checked she was ok.

We would like to trace and speak to this woman as she may be able to help us identify and locate the offender.

She is also asked to contact 101.

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