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Poyet sent to the stand during Sunderland's 1-1 draw

Hull drew 1-1 with visiting Sunderland in another relegation tussle which saw Black Cats manager Gus Poyet sent to the stand following a first-half altercation with Tigers boss Steve Bruce.

Sunderland manager, Gus Poyet is sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium, Hull. Credit: PA Wire

The two men had to be separated on the touchline after Sunderland's JackRodwell fell in the box after 35 minutes and was booked for simulation by referee Mike Dean.

Poyet complained it was a penalty and after being sent off he walked across to Bruce and tried to shake his counterpart's hand.

Bruce appeared to respond angrily and had to be restrained by a linesman and members of his coaching staff.

Hull City's Andy Robertson and Sunderland's Danny Graham (right) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium, Hull. Credit: PA Wire

Dame N'Doye's third goal in five games since his January move from Lokomotiv Moscow gave Hull a 15th-minute lead, the Senegal striker cleverly back-heeling Tom Huddlestone's cross into the net.

But Rodwell earned Sunderland a precious point when he nudged home Patrick van Aanholt's cross on the line with 13 minutes remaining.

The Black Cats host Aston Villa at home on Saturday.

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Man held after gas leak causes 34 South Shields homes to be evacuated

Thirty-four homes on a street in South Shields were evacuated this evening after police received a report of a gas leak.

It happened just before 6pm this evening, March 3 at an address on Trinity Walk.

The homes were evacuated as a temporary measure while the property was made safe and all residents returned to their homes within two hours.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and is in police custody.

Police appeal for information after man found seriously injured

Police are appealing for information after a man was seriously injured in Newcastle.

At 3.54am on Sunday 1 March, police received a report from the ambulance service of a man with serious facial injuries.

The 23-year-old man had been picked up by the ambulance at a bus stop on City Road, close to St Anne's church in the town.

He was taken to hospital where he was treated for a fractured eye socket, a fractured cheekbone and damage to his teeth.

The man is unable to give an account of how hecame about his injuries. His injuries are consistent with a fall and due to theseverity of them it could have been from a slow moving vehicle.

Enquiries are ongoing to try and establish what happened and officers are appealing for anyone who was in City Road, near to St Anne's church, between 3am to 3.54am, and who saw anything suspicious or anything unusual to contact them on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 261 010315.

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Historic lifeboat: Were your relatives part of the crew?

A historic Tyne lifeboat - the Henry Frederick Swan - is being restored in South Shields by the North East Maritime Trust.

And the volunteers carrying out the work want to contact anyone whose relatives served on the boat. When the vessel is finished it will go back on the water and relatives of the 77 men who served on her between 1918 and 1947 will be invited to the ceremony.

If you have any information about the former crew you can contact the North East Maritime Trust on 0191 4478814 or email them on contact@nemaritimetrust.co.uk.

For a full report on the restoration click below.

Police release image after assault that left victim needing plastic surgery

Police are appealing to speak to a man following an assault that left the victim with serious facial injury that required plastic surgery.

The victim, a 54-year-old man from the Durham area, sustained a large cut to his head and significant damage to his teeth.

The assault took place in the early hours of Saturday, December 20 2014 on North Road in Durham City, near to the Pizza Time take-away.

The man in the image is described as of medium build, with dark hair and wearing a yellow long-sleeved shirt with dark trousers and dark shoes.

Anyone with information that might assist police investigations into the incident, or help identify the man in the image, is asked to call PC Gavin Reay on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Newcastle boss Carver excited by Van Gaal test

Newcastle United boss John Carver is excited at the prospect of going head-to-head with Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal in tomorrow night's Premier League clash.

The Dutchman has vast managerial experience with clubs including Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the Netherlands national team.

Carver, who was placed in charge of Newcastle for the remainder of the season, is looking forward to facing Van Gaal in the St James' Park dugout.

Speaking ahead of the match, he said:

It's great when you come up against these top coaches because your preparation work leading up to the game, you watch so many games and you see how he prepares his team in different ways, different styles, different shapes and as a coach that excites you because you want to take certain things from him.

– John Carver, Newcastle United Head Coach
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