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Rafa: Gayle can continue good form in Premiership

Rafa Benitez believes Dwight Gayle can continue his fine run of form in the Premier League if his side get promoted from the Championship this season.

Gayle leads the list of Championship top goal-scorers with 11 in as many games and has efforts have not gone unnoticed by the Newcastle United supremo.

Benitez said:

He has pace, ability and accuracy when he's in front of goal. He can scores goal so it does not matter what division he is in.

It depends on the number of chances that you have and the way that you play.

Hopefully we can talk about that next year which will be really good and he can score in the Premier League.

– Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United face Ipswich Town tomorrow afternoon who currently are managed by ex Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy. McCarthy will be looking to build on the three points gained against Burton Albion in their last game after a barren spell without scoring in over 500 minutes of football.

Daryl Murphy has been ruled out by Benitez to face his old side with a calf injury but former Newcastle United forward Leon Best will make his return to Tyneside with the Tractor Boys since leaving the club in 2012.


Two men arrested over dog found buried alive

Credit: RSPCA

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty following the discovery of a severely injured dog in Redcar.

The dog was found buried alive and with a nail through its head, and was only found after a couple stumbled across the gruesome sight in Kirkleatham Woods in Redcar, Cleveland, while they were out walking.

The arrested men are aged 60 and 59 respectively and are from the Redcar area.

They are currently being interviewed by the RSPCA officer investigating.

Cleveland Police: Two sheep beaten to death in Redcar

Credit: Cleveland Police

Two sheep have been killed in an attack in Redcar.

A ram and a lamb were both attacked with a blunt instrument, which may have been a piece of wood, leaving them with head injuries which killed them both.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened on Wilton Lane between Bank Top Farm and Court Green Farm.

It is believed the incident occurred overnight on Tuesday 18th October into Wednesday 19th October.

The incident comes just days after a dog was found buried alive and with a nail through its head in Redcar, but police say that the deaths of the sheep are not being linked to any other incident at this time.

Mental health charity doubles its work in the North East

Children North East Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Charities and schools are improving the support they offer young people suffering depression and anxiety.

The charity Children North East has more than doubled the amount of work it does with mental health in recent years offering drop-in sessions for advice and information.

Sometimes they're only seeing people in their own little world so to see someone on the television who says I don't know exactly what you're going through but I know what mental health struggles you're going through sometimes can help a little bit.

– Denise Welch, Children North East Patron


A jungle message from Ant & Dec

Ant & Dec are lost in the Jungle. Will they make it back to camp in time for the celebrity arrivals?

The new I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! promo will launch tomorrow night during The X Factor on ITV.

In the meantime, here's a video message from Ant & Dec:

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The new series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! starts next month on ITV.

The line-up announcement will be revealed closer to transmission.

Nissan: Decision on Qashqai in Sunderland due next month

Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn with a Qashqai model. Credit: PA

Nissan say they'll make a decision on the future production of their new Qashqai model as early as next month.

It comes after the company's Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn told reporters in Japan that he can now "look at the future of Sunderland with more ease" following reassurances from the British government.

A report by the news agency Reuters says that Carlos Ghosn will make a decision as early as next month:

We're not asking for any advantage (from the British government), but we don't want to lose any competitiveness no matter what the discussions,"

Ghosn said he had received reassurance that the British government would be "extremely cautious" in "preserving the competitiveness" of the Sunderland plant.

"As long as I have this guarantee ... I can look at the future of Sunderland with more ease," he said.

– Carlos Ghosn, Chief Executive of Nissan

Last week Ghosn met with the Prime Minister Theresa May after suggesting the company will halt new investment in its plant in Sunderland, unless it can agree a compensation deal with the Government.

Following the talks the Nissan Chief said he is confident the UK will remain a "competitive place to do business".

The Sunderland plant, which has been active since 1986, employs almost 7,000 people producing around 500,000 Juke, Qashqai and Leaf motors a year - about a third of the UK's total car manufacturing.

Body of seaman recovered after ship fall

The body of a young seaman, a Ukraine national, has been recovered and taken to North Shields.

Northumbria Police received a report from the coastguard about the death of a man on a ship close to Tynemouth at 3.30pm on October 20.

The body was recovered on October 21.

It's believed he fell from a height onto the deck of the ship and sustained fatal injuries.

His family in the Ukraine have been informed of the death.

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