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'Invest in the north of England' PM tells south-east Asia

Prime Minister David Cameron also visited the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister has urged south-east Asian investors to pump money into the cities of the "Northern Powerhouse".

As part of his four day trade mission to the region, David Cameron told investors in Singapore that he wanted them to look at the UK "in a new way" and consider cities like Leeds and Manchester for their plans rather than just London.

I really would encourage you to look at Britain in a new way...

We want to re-balance our country and we want Singaporean and other south-east Asian investors to help us do it. That is what the Northern Powerhouse is all about.

From the North Sea to the Singapore Strait, let's get more trade flowing.

– David Cameron

York City to face Newcastle United in friendly

York City's ground Bootham Crescent Credit: PA

York City face Premier League side Newcastle United in a pre-season friendly at Bootham Crescent tonight.

The Minstermen haven't won any of their opening five pre-season fixtures. While the Magpies have won just twice, a 1-0 win away to Gateshead and a 1-0 victory against Sacramento Republic on the club's tour of the USA.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough face Barnsley at Oakwell in a pre-season friendly this evening.

Both matches are scheduled for a 7:45pm kick-off.


PM welcomes new of North East jobs and investment

A Malaysian company has announced plans to create a rubber recycling plant in the North East, creating up to ninety jobs.

Petra Group is investing £12m to produce what it calls 'green rubber'. A site for the facility has yet to be confirmed.

The announcement comes as the Prime Minister and business people continue a trade mission to South East Asia, to encourage investment in Northern England.

Petra Group's announcement that it will open its pioneering manufacturing to the North East of England, creating up to 90 jobs, is testament to the skills and expertise the North East has to offer.

– David Cameron

Newcastle striker Armstrong makes Coventry loan switch

Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong has joined League One side Coventry City on loan Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong has joined League One side Coventry City on loan until the New Year.

The 18-year-old academy graduate will work under former Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray at the Ricoh Arena until 16th January 2016.

Armstrong joined the Magpies aged nine and progressed through the youth ranks before making his first-team debut against Fulham in March 2014, becoming the second youngest player to represent the club in the Premier League.

He is expected to make his Coventry debut in a pre-season friendly against Cambridge tonight.

Police: How to avoid being the victim of a phone scam

Northumbria Police are investigating 35 incidents of phone scamming Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Northumbria Police say they are investigating 35 incidents where people have been tricked into handing over personal details, including bank account details, over the phone.

Fraudsters have called victims and pretended to be police officers or internet providers. It has cost victims thousands of pounds.

Police have advised people to take the following steps to avoid becoming a victim of the scam:

  • Be aware that fraudsters often use techniques to hold your phone line open, so that when you try to dial out to verify the caller, they intercept and re-answer the call, claiming to be the bank or law enforcement.
  • To ensure that your phone has not been compromised, we recommend using a different phone line to verify the caller. Where a second phone line is not available, try calling a family or friend on the line first, as the fraudster will find it difficult to impersonate a voice that is known to you.
  • Never disclose your PIN or online / telephone banking log-in information or card reader codes to anyone, even if the caller claims to be from the bank or police. Remember, banks NEVER call and ask you to disclose these security details.
  • If you receive a call requesting your PIN, card details or online / telephone banking log-in information, end the call immediately.
  • If you receive a suspicious or unexpected call, always verify the caller by taking their phone number and getting it checked independently.
  • Ensure elderly relatives and neighbours are aware of the fraud and crime prevention advice.

Report any suspicious phone calls to police straight away on 101 ext 69191.


Teen admits to Newcastle park rape

A teenager has admitted to raping a woman in a park in Newcastle.

The victim was a attacked as she walked through Exhibition Park in the city centre in the early hours of June 21.

Bobby Barclay, 18, of Edgeware Road in Gateshead, pleaded guilty to a single charge of rape at Newcastle Crown Court. Barclay will be sentenced in September after the preparation of reports, which will include an assessment of dangerousness.

Buying gun was like 'buying a bar of chocolate'

A teenager accused of plotting a mass killing spree in Newcastle has told jurors that buying a gun off the internet was like "buying a bar of chocolate".

Liam Lyburd, 19, was caught with bombs, a gun and ammunition in November 2014. He is accused of planning an attack at Newcastle College in revenge for being kicked out two years earlier.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that Lyburd had boasted online about his plot to target the college and murder passengers on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

But he told jurors at his trial that he was simply a "troll" who wanted to cause people to panic.

When asked about sourcing the gun, he said:

Buying a gun was like buying a bar of chocolate. I didn't see it as a big deal at the time.

– Liam Lyburd

Lyburd, who admits possessing the weapons but denies having a desire to kill or cause harm, said he wanted people to believe he was about to do something but told the court that in reality he was too scared to leave the house.

The trial continues.

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