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Former Sunderland Ladies boss 'proud' of England North East five

Former Sunderland Ladies boss Mick Mulhern says he's proud of the five North East girls in the England Women's squad who have made it to the Women's World Cup Semi-Finals in Canada.

The Lionesses face Japan tonight in the second Semi-Final at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Captain Steph Houghton, from Durham, Jill Scott, from Sunderland, Lucy Bronze, from Northumberland, Jordon Nobbs, from Stockton and Carly Telford, from Newcastle, could all feature.

Mulhern, who stepped down from his role as Sunderland Ladies manager in November 2014 after spending 15 years with the club, also had some advice for his former players.

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Bronze goal puts England into World Cup semis

Lucy Bronze, from Berwick, put England 2-0 ahead against Canada Credit: Vaughn Ridley/EMPICS Sport

A headed goal from Berwick's Lucy Bronze helped put England into the Semi-Finals of the Women's World Cup after a 2-1 win over host nation Canada in Vancouver.

Bronze, 23, put the Lionesses 2-0 up inside 14 minutes after Jodie Taylor's goal after 3 minutes had given England a dream start.

Lionesses Captain Steph Houghton, from Durham, also featured in the match at BC Place Stadium.

England now face reigning World Champions Japan in the Semi-Finals at the Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton on July 1.

Man's ear bitten off in Berwick

A man's ear was partly bitten off during an incident in Berwick.

Police say that at around 9.10pm on Friday, June 19, two men were involved in an altercation outside the Farmfoods store on Northumberland Road.

During the incident a 23-year-old man had part of his right ear bitten off and was taken to hospital for treatment.

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

North East women help England to World Cup quarter final

Emotional scenes in Canada as England Women's secure quarter final place. Credit: Lynsey Hooper

Two north east girls have fired England through to the quarter finals of the women's World Cup.

Steph Houghton from County Durham and Lucy Bronze from Northumberland got the goals as England came from behind to beat Norway 2-1 and set up a quarter final against the hosts, Canada.

They were joined by fellow former Sunderland players Jordan Nobbs, Jill Scott and Carly Telford, as they secured their place in the next round.

Goals from former Sunderland players fired England through to the next round. Credit: Lynsey Hooper

Fire at Berwick printers

The fire service and the police rushed to the scene in Berwick this morning. Credit: Mark Davenport

Staff had to be evacuated from a Berwick printers because of a fire this morning.

Police and the fire service attended Martins The Printers at around 11.30 this morning. Around 30 members of staff had to be evacuated.

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Teenage boy dies after falling from cliffs at Berwick

A 16-year-old boy has died after falling from cliffs at Spittal Point, in Berwick.

There was no sign today of the rescue that happened overnight at Spittal Point

Police named him as Joshua Smith, who was from the Berwick area.

Emergency services were called at just after 3am, along with the RNLI.

They recovered him from the sea and took him to Wansbeck General Hospital, where he later died.

Northumbria Police said they were working to establish what happened, but believe there was no third party involvement.

The force has referred itself to the police watchdog, the IPCC, as is protocol.

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