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Dog breeder appears in court after alleged attack

A dog breeder from County Durham has denied seven counts of being in charge of dogs which caused injury while being dangerously out of control.

Stephen Potts, 48, of Coronation Crescent in Low Pittington, appeared at Durham Crown Court. He was granted bail and will now face trial on 16th June.

It is alleged that his dogs were involved in a confrontation with a man walking his dog in Belmont in October 2013, leaving the man with serious injuries.

Gutierrez back in Newcastle squad

Jonas Gutierrez will be back in the Newcastle United squad this weekend for the first time since overcoming testicular cancer.

The Argentinean midfielder returned to action in an under-21 Premier League Cup win over West Ham in December. But he could finally make his first-team comeback when the Magpies welcome Aston Villa to St James' Park on Saturday.

Newcastle boss John Carver confirmed the 31-year-old could be on the bench for the Premier League clash.


Gateshead Council confirms cuts including job losses

The council has voted to back proposals including 193 job losses

Gateshead Council has confirmed a budget for the next year, which will include 193 job losses and an increase in council tax.

The authority said all libraries will stay open, although some may relocate to new buildings and have shorter opening hours.

Full council backed the proposals. The council has lost nearly half its central government funding over the last five years.

“Setting the Budget this year has been a huge challenge. These are tough times and we’ve had some hard decisions to make.

"Since 2010, government funding grants to the Council have been cut by 45% and we’ve had to find savings of nearly £110 million. But despite significantly reduced resources, we still have an ambitious vision for Gateshead and we’ll continue to work hard to achieve it.”

– Cllr Mick Henry, Gateshead Council

Man United 'not as bad as people think', says Poyet

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has defended Manchester United's recent performances, saying they 'are not as bad as people think'.

Louis Van Gaal's side came under criticism after last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Swansea. But speaking ahead of Sunderland's trip to Old Trafford on Saturday, Poyet backed Man United to recover from their recent dip in form.

He said:

I think people are being a little bit harsh on Man United at the moment.

They are not as bad as people think because they are in a good position and if they get into the top four there's a few that are going to have to recognise that they've done better than what people expected.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Sunderland won 1-0 at Old Trafford at the end of last season as the Black Cats avoided relegation from the Premier League. But Poyet expects a different encounter this time around. He added:

They were with Ryan Giggs as a caretaker at that moment in time. We were playing for our lives. They were just trying to change a little bit at the end of the season to have something to cheer about. It was a different game.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Man jailed for six years after manslaughter at party

A man has been sentenced to six years in prison after admitting manslaughter at a party in Newcastle.

Robert Littlefair died after the attack in September 2014

Danyl Dryden, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Robert Littlefair, from Whitley Bay, was punched and later died in hospital after suffering bleeding to the brain. The attack had happened at a house on Plessey Terrace in Heaton last September.

Dalton Park expansion to create 600 retail jobs

This artist's impression shows the extent of the finished development Credit: Dalton Park Retail

The Dalton Park retail outlet in County Durham is to be expanded over the next year, creating 600 jobs.

Work will start in May 2015 and end on May Day 2016. A further 400 people will be employed in construction jobs while the work is carried out.

It will cost £45m and create a cinema with seven screens and a new Morrisons supermarket, as well as a hotel, a pub and several restaurants and fast-food outlets.

The extension includes a cinema and restaurants Credit: Dalton Park
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