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Allardyce thanks 'magnificent' Sunderland supporters

England manager Sam Allardyce during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel, St George's Park Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sam Allardyce has paid tribute to Sunderland supporters after departing the club to become England manager.

In his first press conference as England boss at St George's Park, Allardyce said:

I had a really good time at Sunderland. The fans were magnificent for me.

Hopefully the England fans will enjoy my time with them just as much as the Sunderland fans did last season.

– Sam Allardyce, England manager

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Shopkeeper left 'incredibly anxious' after masked gunman burst into her store

A shopkeeper has said she thought she might be killed after a masked gunman burst into her convenience store on North Road in Darlington last night.

Seema Dhutti says it's left her 'incredibly anxious' but she refused to hand over any money and he fled empty handed.

No one was hurt.

Police say a 34-year-old man has been arrested and is helping them with their inquiries.

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Hartlepool & South Shields BHS stores close today

Credit: PA

Two BHS stores are set to close in the region for the last time this weekend.

The store in Hartlepool's Middleton Grange Shopping Centre will close its doors today, as well as the store in South Shields' Waterloo Square.

The two North-East locations are part of 20 national closures happening this weekend, affecting 580 BHS employees.

Councillor Kevin Cranney, Hartlepool Council's chair of Regeneration Services Committee, said:

It is a hugely disappointing to see BHS close and our thoughts are with the staff affected and their families.

As a Council we will help in whatever way we can to help and support staff through this difficult period.

There are a number of ways in which the Council can help whether its support to get back into work, setting up your own business, re-training as well as benefit advice.

– Councillor Kevin Cranney

Man charged with attempted murder after Darlington restaurant stabbing

Police officer outside Shapla Tandoori Restaurant on Northgate, Darlington Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man has been charged with attempted murder after two men were stabbed in an Indian restaurant on Thursday evening.

Durham Constabulary said that a 43-year-old man has been charged after the attack at Shapla Tandoori Restaurant in Darlington in County Durham.

A 17-year-old man was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital with serious abdominal injuries where his current condition is described as serious but stable.

A 39-year-old man was also taken to hospital and treated for injuries to his arm.

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