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Newcastle Utd signs Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba

Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba has been signed to Newcastle United Credit: PA

20-year-old Chancel Mbemba has become Newcastle United's third summer signing, after completing the switch from Anderlecht.The DR Congo international defender has agreed a five-year deal on Tyneside.

The club announced the signing after receiving a Governing Body Endoresment for the player at an FA hearing held earlier today. The player is now required to apply for his visa overseas before he is able to rejoin his new teammates in Newcastle next week.

"I'm very, very happy to be here. This is the biggest league in the world and I'm very proud to wear the shirt for this team and play in this league.

“I'm going to do everything I can to help make the supporters happy, to help out my team-mates and to bring something extra to the team.

"I know the team very well. I've watched the Premier League and I know this is a massive team with big players and with a great coach.

“I've come here to Newcastle United because it's a very good move in my career to play for such a famous club. I am excited for the season ahead."

– Chancel Mbemba

"We are delighted that Chancel is now a Newcastle United player after it took a little longer than we had hoped.

“He is a proven performer at the highest level, he’s powerful, combative and will add quality to our defence. He also has an eye for goal which is an extra asset for us.

"We'll get him integrated into the squad quickly once he's with us. Unfortunately due to the time it takes to process the visa application that won’t be in time for our final friendly on Saturday, but our focus will be to make sure he will be ready and available as soon as possible.

"I'm sure our supporters will take to him very quickly, he's the sort of player fans will enjoy watching."

– Steve McClaren

Born in Kinshasa, Mbemba played youth football for a number of local sides in his homeland before joining Belgian giants Anderlecht in 2011.

After rising through the ranks at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, he became a first-team regular and played a key role in Anderlecht being crowned Belgian Pro League champions in 2014, as well as lifting back-to-back Belgian Super Cups in 2013 and 2014.

He played in all six of Anderlecht’s group stage games in the Champions League last season, scoring both goals in their 2-0 home win over Galatasaray in November 2014.

Man charged with murder of Liam Miller in York

Liam Paul Miller Credit: Family photo

A 19-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the death of Liam Miller in York on Monday (27th July) has been charged with his murder.

He has also been charged with the attempted murder of a man in his fifties who was found injured in the street.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at York Magistrates' Court on Friday 31st July.


Police appeal for information after woman raped in Middlesbrough

Cleveland Police have issued an appeal for information after a woman,34, was reportedly sexually assaulted and raped in Middlesbrough.

Police say the incident took place at around 10:40pm on Tuesday (28th July) when the woman left The Junction pub at the junctionsof Borough Road and Union Street.

The woman was approached by a male on a BMX bike and walked with him to meet a second male before going to an address nearby.

After leaving this address, they were walking along St Aidan's Drive when one of the males pushed the victim to the ground and sexually assaulted and raped her.

The victim managed to break free and run away. She suffered bruising to her arms and lumps to the back of her head.

“We would like to reassure the local public that we are doing everything that we can to trace this man. Anyone with information regarding him or anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of this incident is urged to contact us.”

– DC John Roberts, Cleveland Police

Police say the suspect has been described as a white male in his late twenties, 5ft 9" tall, and of stocky build. He was wearing a flat cap with green and beige checks on it and possibly a grey tracksuit. He was also pushing a mountain bike.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

WW1 poppy display to visit Northumberland

The 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation at the Tower of London in 2014. Credit: PA

More than 3,000 poppies from the Tower of London sculpture, which was installed to mark the centenary of World War One last year, will go on display in Northumberland.

The Woodhorn Museum in Ashington will be the first venue outside London to display the 'Weeping Window' section of the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' sculpture as part of the UK tour of the installation.

"Remembering WW1 through the poppies is very important to this part of the world because of our mining heritage. Thousands of miners went to fight in WW1.

"The Northumberland archives are here and it is a spectacular location."

– Woodhorn Museum
The 'Weeping Window' section of the installation will visit the Woodhorn Museum Credit: PA

Five million people visited the display in London, which was created by artists Paul Cummins and designed by Tom Piper, while it was at the Tower of London between August and November last year.

888,246 poppies were individually placed, each one to represent the death of a member of the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.

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