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North Yorkshire Police asks BBC for its Clarkson report

Jeremy Clarkson

North Yorkshire Police says it has asked the BBC for its report on the Jeremy Clarkson incident.

In a statement the force said: "North Yorkshire Police is liaising with the BBC regarding the alleged incident in North Yorkshire involving Jeremy Clarkson.

"We have asked the BBC for the report which details the findings of their internal investigation into the matter.

"The information will be assessed appropriately and action will be taken by North Yorkshire Police where necessary."

Today's report said Jeremy Clarkson subjected BBC producer Oisin Tymon "to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack".

It said Tymon was struck by Clarkson, which resulted in swelling and bleeding to his lip, at Simonstone Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire found.

The attack lasted around 30 seconds and only stopped when a witness intervened, the report found.

Comedy star Sarah Millican to play Whitley Bay

Sarah Millican

North East comedy superstar Sarah Millican has announced that she will take to the stage at the Whitley Bay Playhouse.

It will be the smallest venue as part of her 'Outsider' tour, with 633 tickets due to go on sale this Friday.

In just seven years the South Shields lass has gone from winning the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to becoming one of the UK’s most successful and multi-award-winning comedians.

She also holds the record as the highest selling female comedian in the DVD market.

Her Whitley Bay gig is scheduled for November 17th.

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini talks about tax and voting Labour

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini grew up in Newcastle and had been a lifelong Labour supporter Credit: PA

It's being reported Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is considering changing her life long allegiance to Labour because of the proposed mansion tax.

Mrs Fernandez-Versini has told the Sunday Telegraph's Stella Magazine:

"It's hard for me because all my friends and family vote Labour."

"I've always been Labour all my life but I want to hear what they've got to say for myself, now that I'm a mature woman. I feel like a greater responsibility now to vote for who runs our country. And I pay a ******* lot of tax. So I think that I need to have a really well informed, well educated opinion."

– Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

But when asked if she would consider voting for David Cameron, she said"

"Not really. I want to hear what everyone's got to say."

– Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

The mansion tax would affect people who own houses worth more than £2 million.

One Direction's Zayn quits tour due to 'stress'

Zayn Malik declared his love for fiancee Perrie Edwards after pictures emerged of him apparently close to another woman. Credit: PA Wire

One Direction star Zayn Malik has quit the boyband's world tour after being "signed off with stress" and is coming home to the UK.

It comes after the singer was forced to defend himself online and declare his love for Little Mix fiancee Perrie Edwards from South Shields after pictures emerged of him apparently close to another woman.

Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate.

The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.

One Direction are due to play gigs in Manila and Jakarta before moving on to play three gigs in South Africa next week.

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Hartlepool's Kieran Bew to star in ITV's Beowulf

Hartlepool's Kieran Bew has been cast to play the lead role of Beowulf in ITV’s epic re-imagining of Beowulf - a series shot in a County Durham quarry.

ITV Studios used the quarry to recreate the mythical Shieldlands, a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures.

This is the first look at the set:

Exterior set

Kieran will star alongside multi award winning actor William Hurt who will play Hrothgar and Joanne Whalley who takes on the role of Rheda.

“Hundreds of years ago our ancestors listened to the story of Beowulf because it was a great adventure story - it scared them, thrilled them, made them laugh and cry. But they also listened because they recognised themselves and their fears in it. By holding a mirror up to them this story helped define them and thus - us. So it’s incredibly exciting to have the opportunity to make it relevant again for a wide audience - to let them own it again. To let them see themselves in it.”

– James Dormer - Writer and Executive Producer

Stephen Smallwood will produce on location in County Durham and Northumberland.

“Beowulf is a series with a charismatic protagonist at its heart,”

“Equally it’s a spirited and fascinating ensemble drama with each character taking their own emotional and sometimes perilous journey. We’re delighted to be commissioning Beowulf and to be working with Tim Haines and his production team.”

– Director of Drama Steve November

Filming will begin in the North East later this month for transmission on ITV.

Ant and Dec to host Prince's Trust Awards today

Clarence House has tweeted a photo of the Prince of Wales with Geordie presenter due Ant and Dec. They will host the annual Prince's Trust Awards today.

Top Gear presenter reported to be staying in North Yorks hotel at time of 'fracas'

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There have been reports that the incident that led to Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson being suspended by the BBC took place at a hotel in North Yorkshire.

Initially it had been reported that 'fracas' between the 54-year-old presenter and programme producer Oisin Tymon took place after filming in Newcastle.

However, a spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: "It does not appear to have been reported to us and we are not aware of any incident."

It now turns out that the presenters and the crew are believed to have been staying at Simonstone Hall Hotel in Hawes, North Yorkshire, at the time of the incident.

A spokesman for the 15th century hotel confirmed that Top Gear staff stayed in the 18-bedroom property from March 3 to 5.

He added that Clarkson, Hammond and May only stayed for one night, on March 4.

But the spokesman would not confirm whether the alleged incident took place there.

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