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Hartlepool's Great Escape suffers setback

Hartlepool's Great Escape plans in League Two took a knock today.

They suffered a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Luton. However, that does not change their standing in the table as the two teams below them, Cheltenham and Tranmere, also lost their games today.

Meanwhile York were beaten 1-0 by Shrewsbury. The Minstermen are already safe from relegation.



Police praise fans after 'peaceful' derby

Police have praised the majority of North East football fans after what they say was 'a passionate and peaceful derby' on Easter Sunday.

There were only 25 arrests out of the near 50,000 people who watched the game at the Stadium of Light.

Chief Supt Steve Neill said: "The vast majority of fans were great today; they represented themselves and their clubs impeccably and enjoyed the Wear Tyne derby for the great occasion that it is."

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