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Sam Lavery's mum: "I had goosebumps!"

Tracey Lavery is back from London after watching her daughter Sam cruise through to week four on The X Factor. She told ITV News Tyne Tees that a standing ovation from Simon Cowell is a dream come true for the 17-year-old singer from County Durham.

"I was immensely proud watching my little girl perform one of Michael Jackson's biggest songs live on stage in London. I had goosebumps. The atmosphere is electric when it's live. I left Sam last night feeling elated. She loved doing that performance and to get Simon Cowell on his feet for her was her biggest dream come true. She said the support from home is so inspirational, she wants to do this so much, and thanks everyone from the bottom of her heart."

– Tracey Lavery

Sam made it through to next week but had to say goodbye to fellow contestant and friend Relley C.

£600 community garden fence stolen

Police are appealing for information after a fence was stolen from a community garden in Gateshead.

Thieves stole a fence and bird box from the Silverline Memories community garden at Blackhill Crescent. It happened between October 13 and October 15.

The fence was worth £600

The fence was around 3ft by 20ft in length and was worth around £600. The fence and bird box were paid for by the charity.

Anyone who has any information about the theft is asked to contact police on 101.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101

Sam Lavery: "Thank you from the bottom of my heart"

Sam Lavery, 17, sailed through to week four of The X Factor competition on ITV. The singer, from County Durham, belted out a rock arrangement of Michael Jackson's The Earth Song for Diva Week. She made it through to Fright Night next weekend based on the public vote.


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