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Judo gold for South Shields athlete

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Winner: Sarah Clark is originally from South Shields. Credit: PA
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She now lives north of the border and was competing for Scotland. Credit: PA
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She beat Helene Wezeu Dombeu, from Cameroon, in the under-63kg judo division. Credit: PA
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36-year-old Sarah Clark, a former European champion, quickly delivered victory with an armlock manoeuvre. Credit: PA

Sarah Clark, originally from South Shields, has won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

She beat Helene Wezeu Dombeu, from Cameroon, in the under-63kg judo division.

36-year-old Sarah Clark, a former European champion, quickly delivered victory with an armlock manoeuvre. She now lives north of the border and was competing for Scotland.

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Airshow organisers "disappointed" after cancelling Friday night flying

Organisers of the Sunderland Airshow are "disappointed" that they have had to cancel the flying for Friday night.

The move came after fears over fog and low clouds.

"We are disappointed that, for safety reasons, we have had to cancel the flying programme tonight due to low clouds. However, all the ground activities, including military displays and exhibitions, rides, funfairs and live music, will go ahead as planned."

– Spokesperson, Sunderland Airshow

Sunderland City Council "watching" weekend weather for Airshow

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The Friday night flying programme has been cancelled because of low cloud and fog. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Sunderland City Council have confirmed that they are "watching" the weekend weather forecast after tonight's flying programme was cancelled.

The Friday night flying was cancelled after fears of low clouds and fog.

The bands and ground activities are continuing, but tonight's flying display at the Sunderland International Airshow has been cancelled. This is because there is a bank of low cloud offshore. This is giving poor visibility not only for flyers but for the crowd to see anything. There will still be a fireworks display to end the evening. We are watching the forecast for tomorrow."

– Sunderland City Council

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Flowers left by Gateshead lake after man dies

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The man entered the lake yesterday afternoon. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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Flowers have now been left near where the man entered the lake. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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Police were called at about 3pm yesterday (Thursday 24 July). Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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The 24-year-old local man was found and taken to the RVI hospital where he was pronounced dead. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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The lake at Watergate Park in Sunniside. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Flowers have been left by a lake in Gateshead where a man died yesterday.

At about 3pm yesterday (Thursday 24th July) police received a call over concerns for a man who had waded into the lake at Watergate Park in Sunniside.

Emergency services carried out extensive searches. The 24-year-old local man was found and taken to the RVI hospital where he was pronounced dead.

County Durham businessman jailed as part of Operation Sanctuary

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Gurhan Sayan. Credit: Northumbria Police

A businessman from Chester-le-Street has become the first to be sent to prison as a result of Operation Sanctuary, a major Northumbria Police investigation into allegations of a series of sexual offences.

Gurhan Sayan targeted his victim in Newcastle city centre when she stumbled and lost her shoe. The 28-year-old woman, who had been drinking, could not remember how she got into his car, but woke to find she had been driven some distance from the city centre.

She was then attacked inside the vehicle. At Newcastle Crown Court today Guhan Sayan was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison. He was also given a 10-year Prohibition Order, banning him from transporting females he does not know in his car. He'd pleaded guilty to an sex assault charge at at earlier hearing.

Virgin Money to create 200 jobs after Osborne's visit

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George Osborne speaking at Virgin Money's site in Newcastle.
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Can I help you? The Chancellor was shown the ropes at Virgin Money's branch in Newcastle city centre.
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The Chancellor chatting to Virgin Money staff.
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Something to smile about: Virgin Money has announced it will pay the Treasury a further £154.5 million.

Virgin Money has announced that it will create 200 new jobs, 120 of which will be based in the North East.

The announcement was made earlier today when the Chancellor, George Osborne, visited Virgin Money's site in Gosforth, Newcastle. The visit also included a tour of the bank's high street branch in Newcastle city centre.

Virgin Money bought Northern Rock from the Government in 2011. As part of that deal, Virgin Money will pay a further £154.5 million to the Treasury.

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