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CCTV images of men wanted over £30,000 theft

Police have released CCTV images of two men, after watches and jewellery worth £30,000 were stolen from a Post Office van.

Police said this man was in Grey Street around the time of the theft

The van was parked on Grey Street in the centre of Newcastle, when watches and jewellery were taken.

Northumbria Police said enquiries were ongoing and they want to hear from anyone who recognises the two men pictured, who were in the area at the time, but may be from Manchester or Liverpool.

Police believe this man could help them with their enquiries

Anyone with information should contact 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 873 24/03/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mignolet completes transfer to Liverpool

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 25, completes transfer to Liverpool. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has completed a big money transfer to Liverpool this evening, June 25.

The 25-year old Belgian International was the Black Cats' outstanding performer last season.

He has moved to Merseyside for an undisclosed fee, which is thought to be in excess of £10 million.

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Barton arrested after nightclub brawl

Former Newcastle United footballer Joey Barton was arrested and released on bail last night after being involved in a fight in Liverpool.

The 29-year-old was arrested on suspicion of affray after the incident outside Garlands nightclub in the city centre at 5:30am yesterday morning.

A 20-year-old man was also arrested and bailed yesterday afternoon.

Earlier, two 21-year-old men had been detained on suspicion of a public order offence. Both were released on police bail.

A Merseyside Police statement read:

"Merseyside Police can confirm that the 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of affray has been released on bail pending further inquiries."

– Merseyside Police statement

Barton later tweeted that he was going on holiday to Portugal on Tuesday.

Barton plays down assault

Joey Barton has confirmed on twitter that he is okay after being assaulted in Liverpool.

The 29-year-old also said he has no plans to press charges against the two men that were arrested.

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I got sucker punched in the back of the head. Not injured as reported just a

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...Small bruise on rear of head/ear. I've had worse. Life goes on! Thanks for the concern. Have a good day people.

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Not planning on pressing charges as its not that serious. The police have also got better things to do with their time.

QPR statement on Barton assault

Queen Park Rangers spokesman Ian Taylor said:

"Joey Barton was involved in an incident in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Monday morning.

"Barton was on his way home from a night out with his girlfriend when two men sang offensive chants and then proceeded to hit the Rs midfielder.

"Police were immediately on the scene and arrested one man.

"Barton decided not to press charges and left the scene with his girlfriend soon after.

"The club will be making no further comment."

– Ian Taylor, QPR spokesman

Barton assaulted in Liverpool

Joey Barton was assaulted in Liverpool this morning Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has been assaulted outside a nightclub in Liverpool.

The 29-year-old, who spent four years with the Magpies, was allegedly involved in a fight with two men outside Garlands nightclub in the city centre.

Police were called to the scene at around 5:30am, and arrested two men, both 21, for a public order offence.

Queens Park Rangers confirmed the player suffered facial injuries before leaving with his girlfriend.

Barton left St James' Park for QPR on a free transfer in August 2011.

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MEP says plans will affect Tyneside

A North East MEP says Liverpool's plans to start and end cruise holidays will affect business at the Port of Tyne.

The city council was given a £20 million grant to build a new terminal at Pier Head, which port chiefs want to use for turnaround cruises.

The move would normally breach state aid rules. But the Department for Transport has said it would allow the rules to be lifted if the council repays some of the money.

Conservative MEP Martin Callanan says the plans are "unfair" to ports who have not received similar funding, and that Liverpool should be forced to pay back the UK and EU grants in full before proceeding.

Port criticised over cruise ship proposals

A cruise ship enters the Port of Tyne Credit: ITV

A decision to allow Liverpool to operate turnaround cruises has been criticised as unfair.

The city council was given a £20 million UK and EU grant for its new terminal at Pier Head in 2007. But strict rules mean't it could only run as a stop-off point, as it had been funded using taxpayer cash.

However, the Department for Transport has said Liverpool can now use the terminal for the start and end of voyages if it repays £8.8 million as a lump sum, or £12.6 million over 15 years.

The move has received widespread opposition from ports, including the Port of Tyne, who argue that it have a detrimental effect on business as holidaymakers head to the North West instead.

North East MEP Martin Callanan said Liverpool should be forced to repay EU money in full before continuing with its plans.

Liverpool City Council says it is still deciding on a repayment option.

Newcastle take the points as Reina sees Red

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Pepe Reina was given the red card after confronting Newcastle's James Perch Credit: PA

Pepe Reina was sent off for a head butt during a stormy few minutes at St James' Park. The player will now miss Liverpool's FA Cup Semi Final against Everton.

Goal Machine
Goal Machine: Papiss Cisse continues his goalscoring form for Newcastle United Credit: PA

Two goals by Papiss Cisse continued Newcastle's dreams of a European spot.

Unhappy Homecoming
Unhappy Homecoming: Andy Carroll was substituted on his first return to his old club Credit: PA

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