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Jonny Evans denies spitting at Papiss Cisse

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has denied spitting at Newcastle forward Papiss Cisse during the Barclays Premier League match between the sides on Wednesday night.

Newcastle United's Papiss Demba Cisse has words with Manchester United's Jonny Evans Credit: PA Wire

In a statement issued on the club website Evans has said:

Having woken up this morning I am shocked to have seen the media coverage from last night’s match. I would like to make it clear that I did not spit at Papiss Cisse.

I was totally unaware of any spitting incident and had assumed that the issue at the time was with the challenge and his attempted retaliation to the tackle from the floor.

During the game Papiss Cisse and I spoke about the incident and it is clear by my reaction in the television footage that I was totally surprised by any suggestion of spitting.

It is not in my character or in my nature to spit at anybody nor is it something I have ever done or would ever do. It is certainly not something that I did last night."

– Jonny Evans, Manchester United

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Teesside girls takes stand for equality

An eight-year-old girl from Teesside has made a stand against gender stereotypes.

Sophia Trow was disappointed find there were no dinosaur themed shoes for girls while out shopping with her mum Jane.

The Stomp Claw range by Clarks are only available in sizes designed for boys.

Sophia decided not to take this lying down and wrote to the shoe company, letting them know that she was unhappy.

She wrote “Dear Clarks, I don’t like how girls have flowery shoes – I like dinosaurs and fossils, so I think that other girls might as well.”

Jane Trow, who tweeted on her daughter’s behalf, said, “I don’t want them hampered by expectations that tell them how they should behave as girls – I want them to be able to do whatever they want to do and become strong women.”

A spokeswoman for Clarks said the company offered a wide range of children’s shoes to meet “varied tastes and needs”.

“We are sorry to hear that our product range didn’t suit Sophia’s personal tastes.”

Tonight's Around The House

Around The House, tonight at 10.40pm on ITV. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Our political correspondent Paul Brand is joined by four new election candidates for a lively debate on immigration and the economy.

Paul Brand and guests (l to r): Lib Dem Julie Pörksen (on screen), Tory Will Goodhand, Lee Sherriff (Labour) and Phillip Broughton (UKIP) Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Around The House is on ITV tonight (Thursday 5 March) at 10.40pm.

Woman charged in relation to Operation Sanctuary

Police on Tyneside have charged a woman in relation to Operation Sanctuary, the police investigation into crimes of a sexual nature against vulnerable women and girls.

Carolann Gallon, 20, of Hareside Court, Newcastle has been charged with trafficking people within the UK for exploitation and causing or inciting prostitution for gain.

She will appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court on March 9.

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Plans on track to celebrate 200 years of the railways

Stockton Darlington Railway

Plans are underway to mark the 200th anniversary of the world's oldest railway.

In 1825 the Stockton Darlington Railway became the first public line to use steam locomotives.

It is still ten years until the historic North East railway reaches its second century.

The three local authorities through which the line passes are preparing to celebrate the landmark date with special events every year until 2025.

Treasury responds to IPPR report

"Rebalancing the economy and creating a northern powerhouse of jobs, investment and prosperity is a key part of our long term economic plan.

"We have made great strides and already created Transport for the North to speak with one voice to government on the big decisions to benefit the entire region.

"It is crucial we work together to deliver a world-class transport network for the North that reduces journey times, increases capacity and connectivity and enables growth and that's why we will be setting out our strategy for transport in the North in the next few weeks."

– HM Treasury spokesperson

Teesside dance teacher creates international performance video

Dance teacher Heike was invited to America

A dance video created by a Teesside performing arts teacher is being given its international debut this month.

Heike Salzer, who is Dance Programme Leader at Teesside University, was invited to Texas State University to take part in a ten day artist residency earlier this year.

Their brief was to create original choreography about the Greek God Zefiro.

The result is a performance video named 'Extreme Landscapes', which was shot on location in America, Iceland and North Yorkshire.

Heike on location in Iceland

Teesside University dance graduate Jessica Smith, who was taught Heike, was brought in to perform in the caves of North Yorkshire, while Salzer danced in extreme conditions in Iceland.

Heike Salzer said: “I feel privileged to be able to travel and work with artists from all over the world - it enriches my art and also allows me to bring work from international collaborations to Teesside.”

The video will be shown as part of an art installation at Dance City in Newcastle.

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