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Cheryl Cole thanks fans for their support

The North East's own Cheryl Cole has thanked the fans who both were and were not able to make the final Girls Aloud's ten year celebration tour.

The band have announced that they will be splitting after their time together.

Girls Aloud split: Full statement

Girls Aloud have announced that they will split after ten years together. The announcement came through the band's official Twitter page late last night,.

A tweet sent said: "We have now come to the end of our incredible time together."

You can read the full statement below:

The message posted by the band's official account on Twitter Credit: Twitter/@GirlsAloud

The message was sent after the girls came off stage in Liverpool on the last night of their 10-year celebration tour.

The band had previously hinted of a split after confessing they had no further plans past the tour.

Girls Aloud perform on the Graham Norton show in December last year Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

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Girls Aloud confirm split on Twitter

Entertainment website Digital Spy has reported that pop group Girls Aloud have confirmed that they have split up.

A tweet sent by the band's official account said: "Your love and support will stay with us forever but we have now come to the end of our incredible time together."

Police call on Girls Aloud fans to help solve crime

Police on Tyneside say Girls Aloud fans could have vital information after shot gun raid took place near to where the girl band launched their come back tour.

The daylight heist happened outside the Grosvenor Casino on St James' Boulevard in Newcastle at about 3.50pm on Thursday, 21 February.

"On the day the robbery took place there was a Girls Aloud concert at the Metro Arena.

"There were lots of people making their way there and who would have been in the area just next to the casino and who could have potentially seen something.

"It was also approaching rush hour and in that part of the city centre there would have been lots of people leaving work and driving on St James' Boulevard.

"If anyone saw anything I'd urge them to contact us as soon as possible."

– Det Insp Andy Fairlamb - Northumbria Police

Girls Aloud fans asked to help solve a crime

Girls Aloud started the 'Ten' tour in Newcastle Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Girls Aloud fans are being asked to help detectives solve a crime in Cheryl Cole's home town.

A shot gun raid took place at outside the Grosvenor Casino in Newcastle on Thursday 21st February, just metres from where the girl band performed at the Metro Radio Arena.

Girls Aloud fans outside of Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Three people have been arrested but police think there may have been more people involved.

Detectives investigating the robbery are asking fans who may have seen anything to contact them.

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Amelia Lily set to support Girls Aloud on tour

Amelia Lily performing on last year's X Factor tour Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Former X Factor star, and Middlesbrough lass, Amelia Lily has announced that she will be supporting Girls Aloud on their UK tour.

Amelia Lily was a finalist in the 2011 series of X Factor and has gone on to release two hit singles.

The girl from Boro' will join Girls Aloud on their UK tour Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

The "typical northern lass" will be joining Girls Aloud on their tour across the UK to mark ten years since the band was put together on 'Popstars: The Rivals.'

Amelia Lily will share the stage with geordie royalty Cheryl Cole as they kick off their tour in Newcastle tomorrow (February 21st).

Girls Aloud are set to mark their ten year anniversary with a nation-wide tour Credit: ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

For more details on the tour, click here.