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Celebrities tweet support for Gazza

After Paul Gascoigne has appeared to suffer a relapse in his battle with alcohol, celebrities have tweeted words of support for the former Newcastle United star.

Piers Morgan tweeted in the late hours of last night:

Followed today by soul singer Steve Brookstein:

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The Sun's coverage of Gazza is awful. Leave the guy alone. If you buy The Scum you are part of the problem.

And Chris Hodgson, Director of a football training programme and 1st team manager, has posted a picture of Gazza that was retweeted by his daughter, model and reality TV star, Bianca Gascoigne:

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Not liking the pic of Gazza being circulated, SO let's post ones of how he shud be remembered! Destroying opposition http://t.co/eCwAoI2De9

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RNLI: Yacht fire was a 'very frightening situation'

The RNLI has described a yacht fire 10 miles off the North East coast as a 'very frightening situation'. The sailor abandoned the yacht and was unhurt.

Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat and the burning yacht
Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat and the burning yacht Credit: RNLI/Hartlepool

‘Fortunately the sailor was uninjured but it was very sad to see his yacht burn and then sink so quickly. We understand the boat was his home and he was sailing from Iceland to Holland, but it looks like he’s lost nearly everything.

‘He seems to have done all the right things in what must have been a very frightening situation. He launched the liferaft correctly and had everything he needed to keep safe, including a lifejacket, flares and water. He’s now being looked after by the Coastguard and we wish him well for his journey home.’

– Hartlepool RNLI coxswain Robbie Maiden

Sinkhole swallows County Durham farmland

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Sinkhole swallows County Durham farmland Credit: John Hensby

A sinkhole has appeared on farmland in County Durham.

On Wednesday landowner John Hensby found a hole of about five metres in diameter on his land near Cowshill- he says that has now increased to around 30 metres.

It appears to be extremely deep

This is an ex-lead mining area and prone to holes appearing - but nothing on this vast scale; its rate of growth is quite alarming.

– John Hensby
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Sinkhole swallows County Durham farmland Credit: John Hensby

A temporary closure is now in place for the nearby public footpath over fears the hole could increase in size

Sailor escapes burning yacht 10 miles off coast

A sailor had to abandon his yacht 10 miles off the North East coast after an explosion started a fire on board.

Hartlepool RNLI helped the man at 5.50am this morning (August 22). When volunteers arrived, the 38ft yacht was well alight.

Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat and the burning yacht
Hartlepool RNLI all-weather lifeboat and the burning yacht Credit: RNLI/Hartlepool
Hartlepool RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats and the burning yacht
Hartlepool RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats and the burning yacht Credit: RNLI/Tynemouth

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Paul Gascoigne taken to hospital in health scare

Paul Gascoigne is recovering in hospital this evening after the emergency services were called to his home in Poole. Police and the ambulance service were seen outside his penthouse flat in the luxurious Sandbanks area earlier this afternoon. The star's battle with alcohol addiction has been well documented with him entering a rehab clinic in Southampton earlier this year.

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Police want to speak to this man in a penguin onesie

Police want to speak to a man, who was dressed as a penguin, after a shop theft.

It happened at Sainsbury's Local store, on Collingwood Street, in Coundon, County Durham, on August 18. He stole lager.

"He would be quite conspicuous and made off on foot so may have come to the attention of someone in the area."

– Acting Inspector Vicky Guthrie, of Durham Police

Durham Police are asking anyone with information to call 101.

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Gazza's daughter thanks fans for support after setback

Paul Gascoigne's daughter has thanked fans who offered sympathy after shocking photographs showed him looking gaunt and frail as he was helped into an ambulance.

The ex-England footballer, now 47, has a long history of problems with alcohol and was reportedly found slumped outside his home.

Bianca Gascoigne, 27, received messaged of support from fans who remember him fondly from his time at clubs including Newcastle, Tottenham and Rangers.

John Rae's tweet was one of the ones she retweeted:

Bianca, a model and reality TV star, wrote herself:

Earlier this week it was reported that Gascoigne could return to football after signing for a Sunday league club in Bournemouth.

GCSE help for North East pupils at The Stadium of Light

The Stadium of Light is holding an event for pupils who didn't get the GCSE grades they were hoping for, giving them information about their options including training and apprenticeships.

Options available include the YES Automotive Manufacturing Programme, which starts this September and is for 16-year old schools leavers who are interested in car manufacturing. The programme is hands-on, interactive and based around the automotive manufacturing industry.

The Traineeship is available to 17 - 18 year olds and covers a qualification in BTEC Lean, functional skills in Maths and English, simulated production line work training and paid work experience.

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