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Middlesbrough FC issues statement over racist gesture conviction

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Middlesbrough FC has released a statement after long-time fan Ernest Goult was found guilty of making a racist gesture towards Blackburn Rovers players at the Riverside in March last year.

"Middlesbrough Football Club has never hesitated to take strong and decisive action with supporters who have been identified as participating in racist incidents, and will continue to do so. We adopt a zero tolerance policy towards racism and proactively encourage supporters to report incidents of unreasonable and offensive behaviour within the Riverside Stadium.

"We have worked closely with Cleveland Police and Blackburn Rovers on this case to provide as much supporting evidence as possible and will continue to do everything in our power to help bring offenders to justice.

"We will now seek to arrange a meeting with Mr Goult to review the case before deciding on further action."

– Middlesbrough FC

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North East culture campaign launches 15-year vision

A campaign has been launched to make the North East the UK's leading cultural capital.

The 'Case for Culture' manifesto outlines the region's cultural vision for the next 15 years. It says investment in culture will benefit people, places and the economy in the North East, helping to build and sustain a better future for the entire region.

The 'Case for Culture' manifesto has been launched by the North East Culture Partnership, which is formed of 12 local authorities alongside arts and cultural organisations, sport and tourism, and businesses and educational organisations.

The partnership aims to spread the benefits of arts, culture and heritage across the region by reaching an extra 500,000 people per year, boosting economic growth and job creation.

It is hoped the campaign will increase access to culture for young people across the North East.

The partnership says they will achieve their aims by increasing the planned funding from £100 million to at least £300 million over the next five years.

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Rise in North East phone scams

Phone scams are on the rise in the North East

Police are warning the public of an increase in phone scams in the North East.

Some fraudsters have even been pretending to be police officers, Last week three men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud.

They have been released on police bail.

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