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Shearer statue finally to be completed and erected

Shearer statue model, created by Tom Maley Credit: ITV News

It looks as though a statue of Alan Shearer is finally to be erected somewhere in Newcastle.

That is according to Newcastle United's former chairman Freddy Shepherd, although, who originally commissioned the sculpture eight years ago.

Although he isn't quite sure where yet it will be erected.

See what Freddy Shepherd says here:

Shearer in classic goal-scoring pose Credit: PA

Shearer scored 206 goals for the club during a 10-year career on Tyneside.

The Northumberland artist, Tom Maley, who was initially commissioned eight years ago, will now complete the 9’6“ statue, which will take four months to cast, with Shepherd’s family business, Shepherd Offshore, covering the cost.

Gutierrez back in Newcastle squad

Jonas Gutierrez will be back in the Newcastle United squad this weekend for the first time since overcoming testicular cancer.

The Argentinean midfielder returned to action in an under-21 Premier League Cup win over West Ham in December. But he could finally make his first-team comeback when the Magpies welcome Aston Villa to St James' Park on Saturday.

Newcastle boss John Carver confirmed the 31-year-old could be on the bench for the Premier League clash.


UK becomes first country to legalise three-person babies

The UK has become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of IVF babies using DNA from three people.

It comes after peers in the House of Lords threw out an attempt to block the plan by 280 votes to 48.

Scientists at Newcastle University have developed the controversial technique, saying it could help women with genetic illnesses to have children.

MPs voted in favour of making it legal, but critics say it's unethical and a slippery slope to allowing designer babies.

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325 job losses at Wonga due to restructuring

325 job losses at Wonga due to restructuring Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Wonga has announced restructuring which expected to lead to the loss of 325 jobs.

The payday lender currently employs around 950 people and said the losses come as it aims to, "refocus on its consumer businesses."

Wonga can no longer sustain its high cost base which must be significantly reduced to reflect our evolving business and market. Regrettably, this means we’ve had to take tough but necessary decisions about the size of our workforce. We appreciate how difficult this period will be for all of our colleagues and we’ll support them throughout the consultation process.

– Andy Haste, Chairman, Wonga

The move is hoped to save the company £25 million over the next two years. Wonga said costs at the company tripled between 2012-2014.

There will now be a 30 day consultation period for those who are at risk of losing their jobs.

MH17 victim John Alder's NUFC memorabilia on show for charity

John Alder's large collection of Newcastle football memorabilia will go on show today, February 17, at Anderson and Garland ahead of its auction for charity.

John Alder missed only one Newcastle United match in forty years.

Mr Alder's family has donated his collection of 224 lots of match programmes, tickets and books, dating from the 1920s to the present day, to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Mr Alder and his friend Liam Sweeney were among 298 people killed when the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine last July.


Coloccini 'could have been blinded' by coin throw

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini could have been blinded during his side's match at Crystal Palace last night, according to the head coach. John Carver says a coin was thrown onto the pitch and missed the player's eye by an inch.

Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini Credit: PA

"It takes one idiot to throw a coin, I have seen it and it misses Colo's eye by an inch - another inch and it could blind him."

– Carver speaking to the press
John Carver Credit: PA

The game was the former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew's first against his old club. It ended in a 1-1 draw.

Pardew said it would be an isolated incident but hopes the club put in the necessary steps to identify the person responsible.

Alan Pardew Credit: PA

"I saw the referee come over to the linesman and hand him something," "It would be a shame if that was an incident - a random fan acting poorly if that is the case and that is unusual for this club if that is the case because we have a great record of behaviour so I am sure we will look into it."

– Pardew speaking to the press

De Jong closing on Newcastle return

Siem De Jong is in contention Credit: PA

Summer signing Siem de Jong could return to the Newcastle squad for their visit to Crystal Palace.

The Holland international has managed only three senior appearances since his £6million summer arrival from Ajax, and has been sidelined for more than five months with a torn thigh muscle.

Cheick Tiote is due back from the African Nations Cup, where he missed Ivory Coast's final triumph with an ankle problem, on Wednesday and will not be involved as his injury is assessed, while fellow midfielder Rolando Aarons is yet to return to the squad.

See the provisional squad.

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