Sol Campbell talks to ITV News Tyne Tees exclusively about the day he was racially abused in Hexham.
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The charity Show Racism the Red Card says it's sadly not surprised at the racist abuse suffered by Sol Campbell.
It works in communities to address the issue among young people and says education is key to changing how people act.
One of the things it's important to recognise is that anybody is capable of exhibiting prejudice. It's something that is almost human nature to people and it's how we deal with that and what we do when we feel that prejudice.
Sol Campbell has spoken exclusively to ITV News Tyne Tees after he was racially abused in Hexham. The incident has been reported to the police.
Former England footballer Sol Campbell has spoken publicly for the first time about being racially abused in Hexham. In an exclusive interview, the former Arsenal and Newcastle defender told ITV News Tyne Tees about a confrontation with a man who commented on the colour of his skin. The star, who now lives in Northumberland, says he has reported it to the police.
Former Newcastle United player Sol Campbell has tweeted about being racially abused while walking through a market square in Hexham:
In the market square a man passed me & said 'I like your tan'. He didn't think I'd react. I did. I told him to stop racially abusing people.
He openly admitted he had & didn't care. He offered a fight. His wife asked me to stop drawing attention to them. He didn't know who I was.
If he had, would he have done it? How often does this happen to people not in the public eye who don't fight back or question it?
It doesn't matter about wealth or where you're from. No one should have to put up with this kind of abuse.
And this was in the centre of Hexham market square. It was not a figment of my imagination.
A demonstration will take place today against the proposed closure of Hexham bus station. Campainers have submitted a petition signed by 4,000 people. Northumberland County Council is seeking further consultation on the decision.
On the eve of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War the region has marked the conflict with a number of services and parades.
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Donald Graham has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering Janet Brown and he will serve a minimum of 32 years.
This comes after a jury found Donald Graham, from Sparty Lea near Hexham, guilty both of murdering his lover Janet Brown and perverting the course of justice.
The court previously heard that Graham convinced Ms Brown to transfer £300,000 into his account, in the days before she went missing.
The prosecution said Graham went on to befriend Ms Brown's parents, and drain their accounts as well.
He used the money to buy a series of luxury cars and a house for his new lover.
Janet Brown's body was never found, and the court heard she simply “disappeared off the face of the earth”. Police searched the area around Donald Graham's house, in Sparty Lea near Hexham, but failed to find a body.
Donald Graham, who was convicted of murdering Janet Brown yesterday, has been given a life sentence and will serve a minimum of 32 years in prison.