SAFC charity rewards children for courses

Some of the thousands of people who take part each year in courses run by the Foundation of Light attended an award ceremony at the stadium.

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South Shields' Katy McLean captains winning World Cup side in Paris

England celebrate the win
England win the Rugby World Cup in Paris Credit: ITV News/Melissa Wright

England have won the Rugby World Cup in Paris.

The side, captained by Katy McLean, from South Shields, beat Canada 21- 9 in the final on Sunday, August 17.

Katy's dad Dave McLean spoke to ITV News while traveling back from the French capital.

He said: " It's been amazing. Absolutely fantastic.

"I've been here for the whole tournament and they're worthy winners.

"I was here when they lost four years ago so this is brilliant. I am so proud of her.

"An MBE at the start of the year, a World Cup Winner's medal now, what can we expect at the end of the year? Brilliant."

Commonwealth athletes invited to Downing Street

Team England at the opening ceremony in Glasgow
Team England at the opening ceremony in Glasgow. The athletes are invited to meet the Prime Minister. Credit: Dean Lewins/AAP/PA

Athletes from the North East of England will join their national teammates at Downing Street later at the invitation of the Prime MInister. David Cameron is hosting a reception for the teams from the home nations to celebrate the success of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Competitors from the ITV News Tyne Tees region won 17 medals in total at the games.

Police to have 'proactive role in the football community'

Northumbria Police have kick started the season with a new Football Neighbourhood Policing Team.

The new NPT will oversee football-related policing in the force and provide policing support for local teams such as Newcastle United, Sunderland AFC, Gateshead FC and Berwick Rangers.

We've listened to what our communities want and have taken action. This is the first time Northumbria Police has had a dedicated Football Neighbourhood Policing Team and we're confident the experienced officers we have appointed will help keep one of the North East's favourite sports safe and enjoyable for all.

The team will have a proactive role in the football community and will be very much about engagement, while also continuing to deliver enforcement tactics.

The officers will not only manage expectations here in Northumbria but will also support some partner footballing operations regionally, nationally and even internationally.

– Chief Superintendent Neill

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Football Neighbourhood Policing Team in Northumbria

Northumbria Police have kick started the season with a new Football Neighbourhood Policing Team.

The new NPT will oversee football-related policing in the force and provide policing support for local teams such as Newcastle United, Sunderland AFC, Gateshead FC and Berwick Rangers.

Dedicated officers will work with supporters and the clubs to meet the needs and requirements for all fixtures.

The team will kick off this weekend with the first Premier League games of the season when Newcastle meets Man City at St James' Park and Sunderland take on West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Officers will also gather intelligence and information to prevent disorder at matches and ensure a safe and enjoyable game for all to enjoy.

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