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McClaren upbeat despite Arsenal defeat

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren remains upbeat despite his side's 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal.

An own goal from Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini was enough to secure victory for the away side. Newcastle were forced to play most of the game with ten men after striker Aleksander Mitrovic was sent off early on.

Watch Steve McClaren's full post-match press conference.

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Police issue warning over 'pinkie' drug

Police have issued a warning about a substance known as 'pinkie' Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are issuing a warning over concerns around a drug known as 'pinkie'.

The substance comes in pink coloured tablets and it is not known if the drug is illegal or an unprescribed medication.

Two men aged in their 30s died, and one woman aged in her 20s, is in a critical condition in hospital in Blyth after taking drugs. Although it is not known whether the three took the tablets in question.

Superintendent Lisa Orchard, from Northumbria Police, said:

Drugs are illegal for a reason they are simply not safe and drug users are taking a huge risk by taking them, likewise the consequences of taking medication that has not been prescribed can be very serious.

Our advice is simply do not take illegal drugs or medication that has not been prescribed. Anyone who has taken an illegal substance or medication that has not been prescribed to them and falls ill should seek immediate medial attention.

People who have prescribed medication should continue to take this as advised by their doctor.

An investigation into the supply of these tablets has begun and I would urge anyone who has any information to come forward and speak to us.

– Superintendent Lisa Orchard, Northumbria Police

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in drugs supply.

'No refund' for some Tom Jones concert-goers

The moment before the lights went out on Sir Tom Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

One of the companies which sold tickets for the Sir Tom Jones concert in Alnwick, has told its customers it will not be offering refunds.

The gig at Alnwick Castle, on 8th August, ended early because of a power failure. Around 7,500 people were in the audience.

The Teesside-based organiser, Loose Cannon, has since apologised for what happened, blaming the power cut on the failure of two generators which it says were provided by a contractor. Loose Cannon says it will not discuss the issue of compensation until more facts are known.

Now the ticket sales company Ticketmaster has e-mailed its customers to say it will not be offering a refund on the grounds that the 'majority' of the concert went ahead. Ticketmaster stresses that proceeds from ticket sales have now been passed to its clients and are no longer in its control.

Below is the full text of the e-mail from Ticketmaster to customers:

Loose Cannon have confirmed that the majority of the set did go ahead.

As a ticket agent, we sell on behalf of the event organisers, so now that the event’s passed the funds from ticket sales have now been forwarded to our clients and are no longer under our control.

We do understand that the main act started a little later than planned, and the end of the show was abrupt because of the power failure, so we’ve been liaising with Loose Cannon on your behalf regarding this matter – however, on this occasion we wouldn’t be in a position to offer a refund for your tickets as the majority of the event did go ahead.

As outlined in our previous response, if you’d like to discuss any other issues regarding the event, we’d recommend that you contact the event organisers directly by emailing alnwickenquiries@loosecannonevents.com.

I’m sorry again that we can’t help you further with this, but I trust that Loose Cannon will be able to fully address your concerns.

– Ticketmaster
Sir Tom entertains the crowds in Alnwick Credit: Jane Coltman, Northumberland Gazette

Team news: Newcastle United v Arsenal

Newcastle United: Krul, Haidara, Coloccini, Mbemba, Janmaat, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, Mitrovic. Subs: Darlow, Taylor, Tiote, Perez, Obertan, De Jong, Cisse.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlin, Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott. Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Chambers, Arteta, Campbell, Giroud.

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Lighting scheme on trial at Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument at night Credit: Sunderland City Council

A new high-tech floodlighting and CCTV system will be trialled at Penshaw Monument over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Eighteen LED lights have been installed at the base of each pillar to allow a softer, white effect. The floodlights can also be programmed to display colour changing light effects meaning special anniversaries or events such as football celebrations could be highlighted in colour on the landmark.

The £43,000 investment will reduce energy costs by up to 80 per cent and save around £8,000 a year in running costs.

Harrogate woman sets off on 40,000 mile sail challenge

Competitors preparing to set sail Credit: ITV News

A woman from Harrogate is preparing to embark on a year-long sailing challenge, despite having little previous experience of the sport.

Sue Ball is taking part in the Clipper Round the World Race, which will begin on Sunday 30th August.

The race is unusual because the crews are a mixture of novice sailors, led by experienced skippers.

Sue Ball is preparing to sail round the world Credit: ITV News

This will be a tough challenge; fewer people can claim to have sailed round the world than have climbed Everest. Sue, who is a nursery manager, told us it was an opportunity not to be missed.

I wanted a challenge. I've never had a gap year. I decided I was a but old to go backpacking round youth hostels. I can go with a group of people that I like and i just wanted to push myself to the limit.

– Sue Ball

Inquest rules Teesside University student's death was accidental

A coroner in Cumbria has returned a verdict of accidental death on Teesside University student Matthew Jordan.

The 20-year-old's body was found almost three weeks after falling into a beck leading into Windermere last year.

Matthew Jordan Credit: ITV News

He was trying to walk back to his bed and breakfast accommodation after he'd been out drinking.

Matthew had been visiting Bowness with friends in March 2014 when he became separated from them.

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