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Newcastle and Sunderland on list of potential venues for 2015 Rugby World Cup - council responds.

"I am delighted that Newcastle has made the long list of venues to host the Rugby World Cup 2015.

As shown with the Olympic football, the city council and its partners can deliver world class events which put the city on an international stage and bring huge benefits to businesses, residents and visitors.

We would be delighted to be a part of the Rugby World Cup and look forward to the announcement of the shortlist."

– Leader of Newcastle City Council, Coun Nick Forbes

Newcastle tops North East fly-tipping league

Fly-tipping problem Credit: ITV News

More than 22,000 fly-tipping incidents were reported in Newcastle in 2010-2011, an increase of more than 3,000 on the year before.

That's the highest number of fly-tipping cases in the North East. 64,000 incidents were reported across all 12 North East councils, 10,000 up on the previous year.

The Environment Agency says it is costing the country up to £150m a year to clean up.