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Ashley protest a washout

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There was a small turn out to a protest organised by Newcastle United fans outside the Sports Direct store in Newcastle this lunch time.

The pressure group, Ashley Out, had called for peaceful demonstrations before today's match outside every Sports Direct store within a 20-mile radius of St. James' Park.

The chain of sports shops is owned by the football club's owner, Mike Ashley.

A handful gathered outside the store on Northumberland Street in the rain this afternoon. There were no shows at other shops.

Some fans are planning to boycott the match for the second week in a row, while others intend to stand up en masse for one minute during the game against Swansea.

Car damaged in South Shields

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was damaged in South Shields.

The front window of a car was smashed in Hudson Street between 4.30pm on Monday April 20 and 12.55pm on Friday, April 24.

Officers are carrying out enquiries and appealing for any witnesses.

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Prudhoe rape took place in house, detectives say

Police investigating the rape of a woman in Prudhoe say they now think the incident took place in a property the Northumberland town.

It was thought the woman was attacked in a alley between Holyoake Street and Neale Street.

Detectives now think the incident, which happened on Sunday, April 12 took place at a nearby address.

It Is believed those involved know each other. A man and woman, have attended a police station voluntarily to speak to police.

Woman sexually assaulted in Byker

A 23-year-old woman has been left shaken after she was sexually assaulted by a man in Newcastle.

The incident happened at 10.45pm on Friday, April 17, outside Scarborough Court in Byker.

A man grabbed the woman and touched her inappropriately.

She was not injured in the incident but was left shaken.

Police are carrying out enquiries to trace the offender who is described as white, 6ft and 25 to 40 years.

He was wearing a navy puma tracksuit with a black fleece over the top, a black woolly hat and black trainers.

The tracksuit bottoms had a puma logo in white on the left leg.

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