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Man charged over death of Ryan Charlton

A man has been charged over the death of Ryan Charlton, who was involved in a fatal road collision near the Angel of the North on April 19th.

Ryan was described as a 'funny, happy boy' by his family

Ryan was 23 and from the Low Fell area of Gateshead. He was known as "Curly" to his friends.

Mohammed Abdul-Wahid, 31, of Cambridge Road, Middlesbrough, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at an accident. He is due to appear at Gateshead Magistrates' Court on October 29th.

RWC 2015: Serfontein joins South Africa squad as De Villiers replacement

Jan Serfontein has joined the rest of South Africa's Rugby World Cup squad in Gateshead after being called-up as a replacement for injured captain Jean De Villiers.

The Springboks skipper suffered a broken jaw during last weekend's Pool B win over Samoa, ruling him out for the rest of the tournament. Serfontein then flew over to Newcastle from South Africa after being called-up to replace the 34-year-old.

Serfontein, who spoke to the media today, will be hoping make his Rugby World Cup 2015 bow in South Africa's next game against Scotland at St James' Park in Newcastle on Saturday.


Burger saddened by De Villiers retirement

South Africa loose-forward Schalk Burger has spoken of his sadness after team captain Jean De Villiers announced his retirement from international rugby.

De Villiers suffered a broken jaw during the Springboks' Rugby World Cup win over Samoa on Saturday, ruling the 34-year-old out for the rest of the tournament. De Villiers has since announced his retirement with immediate effect.

Burger, who is a close friend of De Villiers, was speaking at a team press conference in Gateshead ahead of this weekend's Pool B match against Scotland at St James' Park.

NUFC Blog: Lee Charnley's declaration that 'we are all in this together' made it a pretty nervous walk to the park today

By Andrew Davis

Another crisis, but at least fans get an email nowadays.

After two defeats in a week including a humiliating display against Sheff Wed Reserves, there's a glimmer of hope of Tyneside.

Knowing Chelsea could probably field three stronger teams than us, there were contrasting reactions before Newcastle even kicked a ball today.

The anger had barely subsided from midweek. Jeering at Half and Full-time in the Cup game and Steve McClaren's nod to a crisis, as well as Lee Charnley's declaration that we're all in this together made it a pretty nervous walk to SJP today.

What we witnessed was an excellent performance from all 11 players with great footwork by Perez. In one slick movement he dispatched a beauty, and then a great free header from Wynaldum almost made us hopeful.

The way we got at Chelsea at every turn in a fantastic first half makes you wonder what we've missed in not having a front player who has height and presence and a team who play with so much aggression and commitment.

Even though Chelsea came back to snatch a point with a wonder strike and a fortunate free kick, a heartening Geordie roar rang out today when our team finally seemed to wake up.

Next up Manchester City. Same passion and desire please lads.

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