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Safety of Sunderland Empire is assessed

Sunderland City Council has met with the Empire Theatre in Sunderland to assess the safety of the statue on the roof. It became loose because of strong winds. It is too dangerous to put up a crane now but this could be a possibility tomorrow if the weather settles for long enough.

Two shows were cancelled at the weekend. Muriel Harrison - Everybody Dance on Saturday and Bobby Dazzlers on Sunday.

Muriel Harrison has been re-scheduled for Jan 16th. Bobby Dazzlers is being rescheduled for a date in March.

Sunderland Empire closed after wind damage

The statue at the top of the Sunderland Empire Theatre was damage in strong winds Credit: ITV

A police cordon has been placed around the Sunderland Empire Theatre after a statue on top of the building was damaged by strong winds.

The cordon is expected to remain in place until Tuesday.

A cordon has been put in place around the theatre Credit: ITV


Sunderland theatre closed after wind damage

The Sunderland Empire Theatre has been forced to close after wind damage caused a statue on top the of the building to break loose.

Work is ongoing to make the statue safe again and a cordon remains in place around the theatre. But organisers have announced that the show Bobby Dazzlers has been cancelled and will be rescheduled with a new date.


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Cheryl's husband wins payout over 'upsetting' marriage story

X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and her husband Jean Bernard Credit: PA

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's husband has accepted a payout from Bauer Media over an "upsetting" Heat magazine article that speculated about their "secret" wedding.

Businessman Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini, who married the 31-year-old singer and X Factor judge - better known as Cheryl Cole - in July, brought proceedings for invasion of privacy and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 against the publisher at London's High Court.

The four-page article claimed that Mr Fernandez-Versini's wife had paid for her wedding ring and that her mother was to live with the couple, his solicitor, Callum Galbraith said.

The upset and distress caused by the article was compounded by the fact that Mr Fernandez-Versini, 33, had sought to avoid the media's glare, Mr Galbraith told Mr Justice Dingemans.

The article, published in August, also contained inaccuracies which the magazine did not put to him in advance of publication, the solicitor said.

He added that the publishers now accepted that the article amounted to an unjustified intrusion into Mr Fernandez-Versini's private and family life.

Bauer Media has apologised and agreed to pay him damages and contribute to his legal costs.

Neither Mr Fernandez-Versini nor his wife were at the hearing.

Louis Walsh predicted Teesside singer Kerrianne Covell to win X Factor

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Ben Haenow won X Factor 2014 last night, but Irish judge Louis Walsh had Teesside singer Kerrianne Covell down as his pick to win.

The 23-year-old from Norton was delighted with the news:

Every year before the start of the series the four judges and presenters make their predictions:

  • Mel B: Andrea Faustini
  • Cheryl Fernandez-Versini: Lauren Platt or Stereo Kicks
  • Louis Walsh: Stereo Kicks or Kerrianne Covell
  • Simon Cowell: Jay James or Stereo Kicks
  • Dermot O’Leary: Lola Saunders
  • Sarah-Jane Crawford: Stereo Kicks
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