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No high fives for biking bobbies during Tour de Yorkshire

Police bosses in Yorkshire have warned that officers patrolling the Tour de Yorkshire route in May will not be able to high five spectators as they did during last year's Tour de France.

An officer reaches for a high five during last year's race

In a newspaper interview, West Yorkshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom said there would be fewer officers on duty this year, and that those who were working would be "earning their corn". He warned that officers would be busy and might not have the time to take part as much as last year.

This time round, instead of road closures, rolling road blocks will move across the county lasting for around 30 minutes per location as the race passes through.

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Darlington v Spennymoor: match report

Darlington Football Club are on the rise again !

The Quakers are on course for their second promotion in three years after winning a dramatic play-off semi-final against their local rivals Spennymoor Town.

The teams met in the Evostik Division One North play-off semi-final at Heritage Park, Darlington's temporary home in Bishop Auckland.

The Quakers won 3-2 and now face Bamber Bridge in the play-off final on Saturday. It's another step forward for a club that's suffered it's fair-share of heartbreak in recent years.

Our Sports Correspondent Simon O'Rourke was at the match.

Spennymoor Town defender ALMOST scores goal of the season contender

A non-league footballer ALMOST scored a goal of the season contender during last night's Evo Stik Division One North play-off semi-final between Darlington and Spennymoor Town.

With the game all-square at 2-2, Spennymoor Town defender Kallum Griffiths tried an audacious 40-yard effort that cannoned back off the crossbar with just five minutes left to play.

Darlington went onto win the match 3-2 to progress to the play-off final.

Carver invites Newcastle fans for 'cup of tea' after touchline spat

Newcastle United boss John Carver has invited two supporters for 'a cup of tea' in his office after a heated exchange with fans during last weekend's 3-2 home defeat to Swansea City.

The 50-year-old found himself at the centre of allegations that he swore at fans during the match at St James' Park. However, Carver was adamant he did not use foul or abusive language and responded by arranging a meeting with two of them at the training ground on Friday.

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Carver 'understands' Pearson ostrich rant

Newcastle United boss John Carver says he 'can understand' why Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson launched into a bizarre rant towards a journalist during a press conference.

Speaking after his side's 3-1 Premier League defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night, Pearson took exception to being asked what criticism of his players throughout the course of the season had upset him.

The former Newcastle caretaker then said the journalist was "an ostrich" with his "head in the sand".

Carver, whose Newcastle team face Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday, said he "can understand why he [Pearson] loses his temper with journalists" and that criticism of Pearson is "unfair".

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Newcastle players are an embarrassment - Shearer

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has described the current crop of players as 'an embarrassment'.

The North-East club have now lost seven consecutive games following their 3-2 home defeat to Swansea at the weekend and are now just five points above the relegation zone.

Alan Shearer has slammed the players. Credit: PA

"Have no doubts about it - Newcastle are now in real danger of going down," Shearer wrote in his column in The Sun.

"I didn't think so until Saturday but after that performance I can't actually say with any certainty that we will get another point this season.

"Carver himself has been getting some stick. But he loves the club and I know he is hurting.

"Why don't the Newcastle players start taking some responsibility? Because right now they are an embarrassment."

Protest at St James' Park

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Newcastle fans have held a protest at St James' Park during the Magpies home game against Swansea.

Many stood up in the 34th minute and some help up cards showing they want Mike Ashley out.

An earlier planned demonstration outside Sports Direct shops was less successful.

A handful gathered outside the store on Northumberland Street in Newcastle.

There were no shows at other planned protests including one in London and another opposite the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

Ashley protest a washout

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There was a small turn out to a protest organised by Newcastle United fans outside the Sports Direct store in Newcastle this lunch time.

The pressure group, Ashley Out, had called for peaceful demonstrations before today's match outside every Sports Direct store within a 20-mile radius of St. James' Park.

The chain of sports shops is owned by the football club's owner, Mike Ashley.

A handful gathered outside the store on Northumberland Street in the rain this afternoon. There were no shows at other shops.

Some fans are planning to boycott the match for the second week in a row, while others intend to stand up en masse for one minute during the game against Swansea.

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