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Newcastle supporting Gutierrez after cancer diagnosis

Newcastle United has confirmed that winger Jonas Gutierrez is receiving treatment in Argentina after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The club said it has been aware of his condition for some time, but respected his wish for privacy.

"We have and will continue to offer Jonas our full support.

"We thank our fans for their kind messages of support for Jonas and the thoughts and best wishes of everyone connected to Newcastle United are with him at this time."

– Lee Charnley, Managing Director


Fire on large forklift truck at Tees Port put out safely

A fire at PD Ports in Middlesbrough has been put out safely, with no injuries, Cleveland Fire Service said.

Crews were called to the site at Tees Port at about 5pm, to a rolling forklift truck, which was on fire.

Incident Commander Tony Suggitt said the crews were warned the containers around the truck may contain hazardous chemicals, but that turned out not to be the case.

Cleveland Police closed the roads around the site because of the danger of a large plume of smoke drifting away from the fire.

Machinery fire at Teesport confirmed by police

A machinery fire was started at Teesport around 5pm today. It is still unclear as to how the fire started or what machine was involved but police have confirmed the fire is now extinguished and no one was injured by the blaze.

Police were called to reports of a machinery fire at Teesport at around 5pm today. A number of fire appliances attended and police closed Tees Dock Road to the A66 as a precautionary measure. Cleveland Fire Brigade have extinguished the blaze, with no injuries reported to police as a result of the fire. Officers have now been stood down and the road is in the process of being reopened.

– Cleveland Police

Testicular cancer: Early detection is key and 'don't panic'

Newcastle United player Jonas Gutierrez is being treated for testicular cancer. The midfielder, who's been on contract to Norwich, hasn't played in a match since April but it has only just emerged that he's been receiving treatment for cancer.

The footballer has thanked fans for their messages of support. Dr John Frew, a consultant oncologist at Freeman Hospital, has said high profile cases are a huge help in raising awareness of testicular cancer and early detection is key for patients.

Andy McPherson, a 29-year-old from Wallsend, says he knows exactly what Gutierrez is going through, having suffered from testicular cancer himself.

Frances Read reports:


Man arrested after rape in Newcastle

Northumbria Police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with a rape in Newcastle.

It took place between 3am and 5am on Sunday, 14th September after a man and woman left the Pink Rooms nightclub together.

Police are still keen to speak to three women and a man who were outside the club at around the same time on Sunday, who may have information that can help the investigation.

The women, who were in a group, are described as follows: one with dark hair drawn into a bun and wearing a light blue dress, one with dark shoulder length hair wearing a dark or black skirt and a white blouse, and a woman with shoulder length blonde hair who was wearing a red top and black trousers.

The man is described as having short dark hair and wearing a distinctive hooped shirt beneath a short dark jacket, and jeans and trainers.

Over 80 jobs at risk as supermarket announces closure

Over 80 people are at risk of losing their jobs as the announcement comes that a supermarket will close in Crook in November.

The Co-operative on New Road employs 83 people, who are all at risk of being made redundant when the shop closes on 29th November.

The supermarket has been sold to Lidl, which intends to undergo "extensive works".

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Food said:

I can confirm that we have agreed to sell our food store in Crook to Lidl. The Co-operative Group continually reviews its retail estate, and we have made the decision to focus on smaller convenience stores and sell those trading outlets that do not align with our strategy.

All 83 staff will transfer to the new operator, and it will continue to trade as a Co-operative store until it transfers to Lidl. However, we understand that following completion of the acquisition Lidl intends to undergo extensive works at the store, after which it will be six months before it re-opens. Regrettably, this means that all staff are at risk of redundancy.

The consideration to sell the store is in no way a reflection on the hard work and commitment from colleagues working at the Crook store.

– The Co-operative Food
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