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Schoolchildren visit Hitachi train plant

Hitachi plant under construction Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Shepherd, the company building Hitachi's new train-making factory in County Durham is showing schoolchildren around on Friday.

The site, at Newton Aycliffe, is still under construction, and today's event is designed to inspire youngsters to consider a career in construction.

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Cissé accepts FA charge after 'spitting' at Evans

Striker Papiss Cissé has accepted an FA charge after allegedly spitting at Jonny Evans in Wednesday's Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle have announced.

Cissé has apologised for the incident. Credit: PA Wire

Managing Director Lee Charnley has now said:

"Both ourselves and Papiss agree that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable.

In life, when you do something wrong you have to front up, admit your mistakes and accept the punishment.

Papiss was proactive this morning in making a full and heartfelt apology, which he did in advance of any notification from the FA regarding this charge.

This was something he felt strongly about and we fully support him in quickly accepting the charge. Papiss is known to many of our region's schools, community groups and junior football teams for his involvement in the work of the Newcastle United Foundation.

He has this evening expressed to us his strong desire to engage in additional community activities during the period of his ban.

He is particularly keen to use his position as a role model to encourage young and influential fans to engage in sport and learn lessons about the importance of fair play and personal conduct."

– Papiss Cissé

Cissé has been Newcastle's most prolific goalscorer this season, scoring eleven goals:

  • Papiss Cissé - 11 goals
  • Pérez - 5 goals
  • Jack Colback - 3 goals
  • Moussa Sissoko - 3 goals
  • Rolando Aarons - 2 goals
  • Sammy Ameobi - 2 goals
  • Yoan Gouffran - 2 goals
  • Emmanuel Riviere - 2 goals

The Senegal forward could face a ban of up to seven matches.

The Magpies have only ten games left in the Premier League this season.

Paralympics GB hold event in North East

Paralympian gold medallist Stephen Miller with young sport enthusiasts Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The North East is the proud home to several paralympian heroes, including the field athlete Stephen Miller, swimmer Josef Craig and wheelchair racer Jade Jones.

Today, all three gave their backing to a sports festival in Durham to encourage people with disabilites to become involved in sport and maybe even one day compete for their country.

Event provided an opportunity to give disability sport a go Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Female Genital Mutilation: advice and support

Government advice can be found here

HELPLINES:

Black Association of Women Step Out (BAWSO)

24-hour Helpline: 0800 731 8147 www.bawso.org.uk

ChildLine

24-hour Helpline for children: 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk

National Domestic Violence Helpline

24-hour Helpline: 0808 2000 247 www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

Helpline Free phone 0808 800 5000 help@nspcc.org.uk

OTHER ORGANISATIONS:

Angelou Centre http://www.angelou-centre.org.uk 0191 226 0394

SHINE - Sexual Health in Newcastle

0191 277 2048

Teesside African Health Community

www.tahc.co.uk

FGM National Clinical Group

www.fgmnationalgroup.org/index.htm

Equality Now

www.equalitynow.org

Cissé and Evans charged over spitting incident

Referee Anthony Taylor separates Manchester United's Jonny Evans and Newcastle United's Papiss Demba Cissé Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Papiss Cissé and Jonny Evans have both been charged by the Football Association for allegedly spitting at each other.

The Newcastle striker and the Manchester United defender have been charged with a breach of FA Rule E1[a] following an incident in Wednesday night's Barclays Premier League clash between the clubs at St James' Park which was not seen by the match officials.

An FA statement read: "Newcastle United's Papiss Cissé and Manchester United's Jonny Evans have both been charged by the FA following their game yesterday [Wednesday 4 March 2015].

"The charges are in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1[a] in that in or around the 38th minute of the game the two players spat at each other. The incidents were not seen by the match officials but caught on video."

Women who have experienced Female Genital Mutilation urged to come forward

Women in the North East, who've experienced female genital mutilation, are being urged to come forward and report their experiences.

No one in the UK has been convicted over the practice, which is illegal.

Now, the Crown Prosecution Service in our region says it wants victims to know they will be taken seriously.

Statement over Teesside chemical fire

“Cleveland Fire Brigade were called to Melbray Chemical Company Wass Way Durham Lane Industrial Park Eaglescliffe at 1309hrs. The incident was a fire involving plastic storage containers containing small quantities of chemicals.

“There have been no casualties at the scene. We have had in attendance ten pumping appliances plus an Incident Command Unit and Supporting Appliance. Fire Brigade have used foam to bring the fire under control and to protect adjoining tanks.

"The advice to local residents is to stay indoors and close windows if affected by smoke.”

– Cleveland Fire Brigade Spokesperson
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