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Newcastle Arena transformed into dirt bike track

Newcastle Arena becomes dirt bike track. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Thousands of tonnes of dirt are being tipped into Newcastle Arena ready for motorbikes to race on on Sunday.

The dirt has to be a special mix of soil and concrete to make it the right consistency.

Newcastle Arena transformed into dirt track. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Newcastle Arena filled with dirt. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Motorcyclist dies on road

A motorcyclist died on the A68.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the rider, who's in his 40s, fell off his green Kawasaki motor bike.

The man, who is yet to be named, was riding on the A68 from West Auckland towards High Everly.

He had tried to overtake two cars at around 5.10pm yesterday near to a junction and collided with the off side of one of the cars.He was confirmed dead at the scene.