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Sunderland skipper wants to "acknowledge" fans

Making amends: Sunderland skipper John O'Shea thinks it is right that fans should be paid back. Credit: PA

The Sunderland captain John O'Shea has said he wants to "acknowledge" the fans who made the 700-mile round trip to see their team lose 8-0 at Southampton.

It was announced this afternoon (Tuesday 21 October) that those the 2,500 fans who made the journey would have their costs reimbursed.

We win and lose as a team, players, staff and fans, however we wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who travelled such a long way to give us their backing and despite everything, stayed with us until the final whistle.”

– John O'Shea, Sunderland captain

Sunderland fans offered refund after 8-0 defeat

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Dedicated Sunderland fans who travelled to Southampton to watch their team lose 8-0 have been offered a refund.

The idea was initially suggested by goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

Speaking on behalf of the squad, Sunderland AFC’s captain John O’Shea said: “We win and lose as a team, players, staff and fans, however we wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who travelled such a long way to give us their backing and despite everything, stayed with us until the final whistle."

Details of how to claim a refund are on the club's website.

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Councillors to vote on London-style bus network

If the vote goes ahead, councils in the region could be responsible for running all local bus services. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
If plans are approved, North East transport could be run in the same way as Transport for London, with a universal travel ticket, similar to the capital's Oyster card. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The plans could eventually lead to a North East version of the Oyster card, which is used in London. Credit: PA

A controversial vote is taking place this afternoon to decide if Tyne and Wear's councils will take over the running of all buses in the area.

If plans are approved, North East transport could be run in the same way as Transport for London, with a universal travel ticket, similar to the capital's Oyster card.

The Oyster card allows travellers in London to load pay-as-you-go cash or season tickets on to them.

The meeting is being held at 2pm today (Tuesday 21 October) in Newcastle.

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Ebola 'must be combated in west Africa to limit UK risk'

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said it was vitally important for the UK to support countries in western Africa to defeat Ebola to prevent further loss of life and ensure it does not spread into the UK.

Speaking as she set off for Sierra Leone with around 100 RAF medics being sent to build a training academy and field hospital she said:

"If we don't combat Ebola it will take many more lives, but also it can pose a risk to the UK".

Two arrested after Sunderland stabbing

Police have arrested two people after a man was stabbed in Sunderland.

A33-year-old man was stabbed in the arm just before 1.20am, on October 21, at an address on Eden House Road.

He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment where his condition is not thought to be life threatening.

Police have arrested two men, aged 49 and 32, on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit GBH.

A knife has been recovered by police.

"I'd like to reassure residents that this appears to be an isolated incident.

"We have officers on patrol and anyone with concerns should speak to them.

"Anyone with any information on the incident should also come forward."

– Detective Sergeant Simon Auty, from Northumbria Police's Major Crime Team
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