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Hundreds of sci-fi and comic book fans vented their frustration after being forced to wait for hours outside the Newcastle Film and Comic Con, one of the first and largest conventions of its kind in the North East.
People from across Britain - many in fancy dress and with children - descended on Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena for the event, the Newcastle Film and Comic Con 2014, but some told ITV Tyne Tees the event was a "shambles", as they spent the afternoon queuing outside.
Dan Ashby reports.
@itvtynetees I left the queue after waiting for 90 minutes, by far the most badly organised event I've ever been to.
@itvtynetees absolute joke. No communication; no explanations; very badly organised & a very upset 6 yr old.explanations are needed.
@itvtynetees been queuing for almost 3hrs and still nowhere near the door. Used to queuing for cons but this is terrible.
With the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike approaching, an exhibition of mining history has been held in County Durham.
Hundreds of people visited Easington's Welfare Club to see memorabilia and hear brass band music. The town's pit was the scene of many protests during the 1984 strike.
Queues for a film and comic convention stretched around the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle as families were made to wait for hours to go in.
Fans on social media complained that their children were in tears and some had left the Newcastle Film and Comic Con without ever getting inside - even though they had bought tickets in advance.
A spokesperson from Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena said selling tickets and managing the event was the responsibility of the promoter, not the arena's management.
Comic fans have complained of waiting for hours to get into a convention at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.
Two queues stretched the length of the building and several fans said they had not been able to get in at all - even though they had bought tickets in advance.
Newcastle Film and Comic Con Fiasco. Organisation non existent and queuing shambles. No communication A lot of angry people. Off to pub
Well, that was a waste. Don't bother gping to Newcastle Comic Con even if you do get tix in advance - no guarantee you'll get in!!!
Well I was going to go to Newcastle Comic Con but the queues are REDONCULOUS! Need to get my money back! Poor organisation! #gutted
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This model of St Pancras railway station in London is made out of 180,000 Lego bricks and took its creator Warren Elsmore, 37, more than 500 hours to build. It is five feet tall and even has details such as a guest in a hotel bath.
The St Pancras model is one of 70 models at a Lego exhibition at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, which also features miniature versions of London's Olympic Park and Buckingham Palace - with a tiny Duke and Duchess of Cambridge waving from the balcony.
A police operation in Northumberland has resulted in arrests and officers have recovered drugs. Officers from Bedlington carried out four search warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act at properties in Bedlington and Cambois.
Three people were arrested: a 28-year-old man on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug, amphetamine, and a 33-year-old woman on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug Class B, amphetamine both.
Both were bailed pending further enquiries.
Another woman aged 30 was arrested and charged with possessing cannabis and another woman also 30 has been reported for summons on suspicion of possessing a Class C drug, cannabis. Officers also seized a quantity of cannabis and diazepam tablets and amphetamine powder during the house searches.
– PC Steven Nicklin, Bedlington Neighbourhood Policing Team
"We regularly speak with our communities and we know that illegal drug use is an issue that causes concern which is why we are carrying out this operation. Drug use, cultivation or supply all cause misery to our communities and will not be tolerated. We want to encourage people who have information about illegal drugs use to contact their neighbourhood officers. Anyone suspected of being involved in illegal drugs activity should be aware that officers will target them. "