Two men from the North East have been charged with assault by beating after a man was reportedly attacked in Liverpool city centre.
Ryan Harrison, 21, of Garesfield Gardens, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Ryan Mason, 20, of Mowlam Drive, Stanley, County Durham were arrested along with another man from the North East after a 24-year-old man was allegedly assaulted at around 5am on Saturday morning.
They are due before Liverpool City Magistrates Court today.
Police have released CCTV images of two men, after watches and jewellery worth £30,000 were stolen from a Post Office van.
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.
Anyone with information should contact 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 873 24/03/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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.
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:
Barton later tweeted that he was going on holiday to Portugal on Tuesday.
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.
Queen Park Rangers spokesman Ian Taylor said:
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.
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.
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.