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'Sack Pardew' protest underway in Newcastle

A campaign group calling themselves 'Sack Pardew' have been handing out thousands of leaflets in Newcastle city centre. Credit: PA
The protest is focused around the Magpies' Premier League clash with Hull, which kicks-off at 3pm at St James' Park. Credit: PA
Alan Pardew has been under particular pressure since watching his side lose 4-0 away to Southampton last Saturday (13 September). Credit: PA

A campaign group calling themselves 'Sack Pardew' have been handing out thousands of leaflets in Newcastle city centre.

The protest is focused around the Magpies' Premier League clash with Hull, which kicks-off at 3pm at St James' Park.

Alan Pardew has been under particular pressure since watching his side lose 4-0 away to Southampton last Saturday (13 September).

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'Sack Pardew' campaign group organise mass protest

Alan Pardew watched his side lost 4-0 away to Southampton last Saturday. Credit: PA

Organisers from a campaign group called 'Sack Pardew' are staging a large-scale protest in and around St James's Park today.

The group say they will be distributing 30,000 leaflets and 100 banners from 10 pubs in Newcastle city centre.

The protest will centre on the Magpies' home game against Hull, which kicks-off at 3pm.

Alan Pardew has been under particular pressure since his side lost 4-0 away to Southampton last Saturday (13 September).

Newcastle United fans holding a 'Sack Pardew' banner expressed their dissatisfaction after seeing their side lose 4-0 away to Southampton last Saturday. Credit: PA

Pope due to give talk at the University of Sunderland

Screenwriter and producer Jeff Pope will give a Masterclass at the University of Sunderland

Jeff Pope, a critically acclaimed screenwriter and producer whose latest work, Cilla, has recently aired on ITV, will be giving a Masterclass at the University of Sunderland as part of the BAFTA Creative Skillset series.

His 20-year career also includes Northern Lights, Pierrepoint, Mrs Biggs and Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, for which he was awarded a BAFTA and received Oscar and Golden-Globe nominations.

He said: “The most important part of writing is starting. The blank screen is an oppressive thing. I hope I can inspire University of Sunderland students to commit, to get over that seemingly insurmountable hurdle of starting."

Pope will discuss the process of creating television and film scripts. He will also offer advice on developing writing skills and becoming established in the industry.

The lecture will take place at Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s on Wednesday, 24th September.

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Police urge gym users to 'keep watch on valuables'

Police are reminding people using gyms in hotels and leisure centres to make sure they keep their valuables safe.

The reminder follows a number of incidents where bank cards have been stolen from lockers, in particular those that lock with a pin code or have not been locked properly.

Officers investigating the thefts believe the thief is watching the victim set the code then opening the locker while they are in the gym and stealing a bank card.

They are then assuming the bank card has the same pincode as the locker and using it to withdraw large sums of money from a cash machine. In some instances the offender has rang the victim claiming to be from their bank and asked for the pin.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Silvo Recchia said: "We want to remind people to be extra vigilant. It's always good practice to cover the keypad when setting the pincode and make sure no-one can view it over your shoulder, the same as you would when using a cash machine."

Northumbria Police looking to recruit cadets

Northumbria Police is offering a four year cadet scheme, providing the opportunity for young people to see what life is like as a police officer.

Cadets provide support to policing teams across the force; from assisting at community events, taking part in crime prevention initiatives and carrying out online meetings to find out what concerns the community.

Speaking of the scheme, Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, said:

The cadet scheme is a fantastic way for young people to gain skills and experiences they may not otherwise have the opportunity to. The four year scheme sees young people see what it is like to be a police officers and police and community support officers and be involved in the work they do as well as work towards the Duke of Edinburgh award. We're currently recruiting for the scheme and I would encourage anyone who is interested, or thinks they know someone who may be interested, to consider applying.

– Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth

North Yorkshire brass band compete in national finals

Credit: Northskeltonband.org

A local brass band will this weekend compete in National Finals held in Cheltenham.

The North Skelton Band formed in 1983 and play as a 10 piece in North Yorkshire.

Their “test piece” for the National Finals is called Narnia Suite, written in 1999 by Geoffrey Burgon who also wrote the music for the film The Lion, the Witch & and the Wardrobe and also penned music themes for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Brideshead Revisited.

They will be competing against 18 other qualifying bands from around the country in a bid to become 4th section National Brass Band Champions.

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