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Hartlepool impressionist through to BGT final

Ant and Dec congratulate Hartlepool impressionist Danny Posthill Credit: ITV

Danny Posthill, from Hartlepool, has made it through to the final of Britain's Got Talent.

David Walliams and Alesha Dixon voted to put the 28-year-old comedy impressionist through to the final after Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer act Calum Scott made it straight through on the public vote. However, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell voted in favour of Jesse-Jane McParland, the child ninja from Northern Ireland, leaving the decision down to the result of the public vote.

The live final takes place on Sunday at 7.30pm on ITV.

Newcastle Utd transfers: Gutierrez and Taylor out

Jonas Gutierrez scores his last goal for Newcastle Utd. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newcastle United have confirmed this evening that Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez will be released by the club when their current deals expire at the end of June.

Gutierrez joined the Magpies in July 2008 and in seven seasons on Tyneside made 205 appearances for United scoring 12 goals.

He returned to the first team earlier this season after recovering from cancer.

His performances at the end of this season contributed significantly to United's survival in the Premier League.

He scored in the 2-0 victory over West Ham on the last day of this season, which guaranteed Newcastle's status as a Premier League club next season.

Taylor, meanwhile, overcame two knee ligament injuries to return to action.

He made 110 appearances for the club, hitting 10 goals, and will of course be best remembered for his free kick winner at the Stadium of Light in August 2011.

Ryan and Jonas have both contributed significantly to Newcastle United over a number of years and on behalf of the Board, I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to both players for the excellent service they have given the club. It was a great pleasure to see Ryan and Jonas come back into the team in recent weeks and compete at the highest level after the injury and illness battles they have had to overcome. To come through those difficult periods with such strength and dignity will have given hope and inspiration to many and it is clear that our supporters have a deep connection and affection for both players, as does everyone associated with the club."

– Lee Charnley, managing director, Newcastle Utd


Tata workers vote to strike

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Staff at Tata Steel in Redcar have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.

Unions say almost 90% of Tata Steel employees across the country have backed the action, in a row over pensions.

Tata steel bosses say changes to the pension scheme are necessary to make it sustainable.

700 people work for the company on Teesside.


Major blaze at house in North Yorkshire

Firefighters have been dealing with a blaze at a house in North Yorkshire.

The fire broke out at 2pm this afternoon, 29th May, at North Cowton near Richmond. The problems has been left structurally unsafe.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service say there is currently no confirmation of any casualties.

An investigation into the cause is underway. Crews will be remaining on scene for damping down.

NHS apology over patient who stabbed nephew

Alan Cooper

The medical director of the Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS trust has sincerely apologised for the trust's shortcomings after one of their patients, Alan Cooper, stabbed and killed his 14-year-old nephew.

NHS England released a report into the case today.

Cooper was sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2011 after killing his nephew Jordan in March of that year.

Jordan was attacked at his grandmothers home in 2011

The attack happened at Jordan's grandmother in Washington after a row about a mobile phone.

At the time Cooper was receiving treatment from the Trust. They say they have since made significant changes to the way they provide care.

Armed robbery on ice cream van on Teesside

Police on Teesside are appealing for information following an armed robbery on an ice cream van.

It happened at 2.30pm on Thursday, 28 May, on Kirkland Walk in Middlesbrough, where the ice cream van was parked.

A man entered the van through the side window.

He threatened the driver with a hammer before stealing cigarettes and cash and making off in the direction of Overdale Road.

The man is described as white, in his teens and around 5ft 8ins tall.

He was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up, grey tracksuit bottoms and a scarf covering his mouth and face.

There was a woman at the ice cream van at the time of the incident who police say may be able to help them with their enquiries.

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