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'Get him out' say fans as pressure on Pardew grows

Under-pressure Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew, remains in charge after the Magpies lost 1-0 away to Stoke last night.

It is understood that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will not be holding crisis talks with Alan Pardew.

United are currently joint bottom of the Premier League, leaving fans hoping for improvement away to Swansea this weekend.

ITV Tyne Tees spoke to Newcastle fans today:

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Bike theft crackdown sees reduction in crime

A crackdown on bike thieves in Newcastle has seen a reduction in offences across the city centre.

In September last year, a team of officers tackling thieves in the city launched a crackdown on bike thefts after an increase. Now, the team has seen almost a 50% reduction compared to the number of thefts reported two years ago.

The crackdown is part of Northumbria Police's Operation Soundwave, aimed at turning up the volume on crime and silencing opportunist thieves and burglars across the force.

Newcastle Area Command Chief Inspector David Felton said: "Activity has included extra patrols, targeting known offenders and ensuring cyclists have crime prevention advice either through bike marking events or patrols. Bike theft across the whole of the area command is also down this year compared to last. But we're not complacent, activity will continue to tackle thieves."

New charity to help North East residents with fuel debts

A new charity advice service is to be launched in Newcastle to help people with fuel debts.

Newcastle CAB Fuel Debt Advice will be provided by the charity from October thanks to £35,000 funding from Northern Powergrid.

The company, which manages and invests in the North of England’s electricity network, is funding the project for two years, enabling Newcastle CAB to provide free, confidential and independent advice to local people who are struggling to pay their gas and electricity bills.

The service is based at Newcastle CAB, but will be available to residents throughout Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, via their local CAB. A specialist debt advisor will help people who are in arrears with their gas or electricity supplier, and are unable to pay the debt. They will also provide expert assistance to help local people find the best energy deal for them, and help them access energy saving measures including better insulation and new boilers.

Shona Alexander, Chief Executive of Newcastle CAB, said: “We see people struggling with fuel bills every day here at the bureau. Many people are very confused about their bills and find it very difficult to manage them. This new project will really help us to help them.”

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Pressure on Pardew: what the papers say...

Hitting the headlines - Alan Pardew

THE CHRONICLE: Mike Ashley faces a big decision after Alan Pardew's Magpies crash again. He would be taking the biggest gamble of his Newcastle United tenure if he sticks with under-pressure Pardew.

THE JOURNAL: Club owner Mike Ashley is set to have crisis talks with his manager and it could mark the end of Pardew’s four-year stint.

THE TELEGRAPH: After Newcastle's latest collapse, it is time for Mike Ashley to put Alan Pardew out of his misery? The Newcastle United owner claimed his threat to sack the manager was a joke - for everybody's sake, it would be better if he were serious.

THE TIMES: It was difficult to tell what was louder at the Britannia Stadium last night: the clap of thunder that could be heard midway through the first half or the vitriol directed by Newcastle United followers towards Alan Pardew. Either way, Peter Crouch’s first-half header pushed the Newcastle manager closer to the St James’ Park exit door.

DAILY MAIL: Alan Pardew was still absorbing the impact of Peter Crouch’s goal when lightning flashed over the Britannia Stadium and the rumble of thunder drowned the sound of ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’. Another defeat reopens the debate over his future.

THE GUARDIAN: Alan Pardew vowed to keep on fighting but has also conceded that there is a “big question mark” about his future as Newcastle United manager after a 1-0 defeat at Stoke City left them joint-bottom of the Premier League.

Robson Green calls tax-dodging celebrities 'shameful'

Actor and presenter Robson Green Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

TV star Robson Green has hit out at tax-dodging celebrities, saying that they should "hang their heads in shame".

The actor and presenter, 49, singled out particular criticism for comedian Jimmy Carr, who previously admitted making a "terrible error of judgment" after his arrangements - he was said to be using an aggressive but legal tax-avoidance scheme - came to light.

Earlier this year, multi-millionaire Take That star Gary Barlow was also accused of being involved in a tax avoidance scheme and later broke his silence to "apologise" on Twitter.

Green, whose father was a miner, told the magazine that he was "very proud" to be a 50% tax-payer.

Do you know what, anybody who tells me they're not going to pay tax... we've got an NHS system on its knees....I tell you what, my son was in real trouble when he was young and we took him to the hospital, there were four specialists waiting for him. That's why you pay your taxes. We've got a police system who protect us, we've got firemen who put out fires. We've got defence, man. That's what tax is for.

Why don't you want to invest in that? I don't get it. These f*****s who try to avoid it should hang their heads in shame.

That comedian... What's his name? Carr? W****r. I mean, just w****r. No, he's not getting away with it for me.

Sorry, there are people dying because we don't pay our taxes. I'm proud to be a 50% tax-payer, very proud of it. Sorry, you're not getting away with it. Shame on you... because you didn't pay your tax.

– Robson Green
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