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Karanka: Boro 'can compete' in top flight

Aitor Karanka says Middlesbrough FC "can compete" despite losing their last 3 successive games.

Boro have gained five points out of a possible 18 and are currently teetering above the relegation zone in 16th place. Their manager says their performance against Tottenham proves they can keep up with Champions League pedigree teams.

The starting point this week has to be the second half against Tottenham (Hotspur) because once against we showed everybody that we can compete against a team that has played in the Champions League, is unbeaten in the Premier League and a team who was fighting for the title last season."

– Aitor Karanka

Middlesbrough travel to West Ham on Saturday and who are also hoping for a change of form having only picked up three points since moving to the London Stadium this season.

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Men appear in court over Newcastle city centre death

Newcastle Crown Court Credit: PA

Three men have appeared in court after the death of a man in Newcastle city centre.

Scott Brannen, 40 from Blakelaw, died after being assaulted in Times Square, Newcastle on August 21.

Daniel Ree, 22, of Brecon Close, Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to manslaughter and affray . He has been remanded in custody until his next appearance at court.

Jordan Craggs 22, of Finsmere Place, Newcastle, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter and affray. He has been remanded in custody until his next appearance at court.

Connor Stewart, 20, of Burners Close, Newcastle, has had his original charge of assault changed to affray and has been bailed until his next appearance at court.

Payphone stolen in Wallsend

Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a payphone in Wallsend.

It was ripped off the wall in the lobby of the Wallsend Engineer's Club on Coach Road in North Tyneside at approximately 9.05pm on Wednesday, September 28.

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