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Great North Snowdogs raise over £250,000 for charity

The final auction of the Great North Snowdogs in Gateshead raised more than a quarter of a million pounds for St. Oswalds Children's Hospice.

The sixty one sculptures have attracted thousands of people since they went on display in September but last night (6th December) they were auctioned off in a special event at the Sage in Gateshead.

252,200
The total amount raised by the auction of the Great North Snowdogs
Snowberry - one of the Great North Snowdogs Credit: Great North Snowdogs

The glittery 'Disco dog' sold for over £9,000!

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Newcastle United players' suspension overturned

Newcastle United have confirmed that two of their players' suspensions have been overturned.

Players Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett were given red cards within the first half of their game against Nottingham Forest, on December 2nd.

Today, it has been confirmed that their suspensions have been overturned by the Football Association's Independent Regulatory Commission.

Both players are now available for selection to play against Birmingham City at St James' Park on Saturday for the 3pm kick-off.

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Flood defences go up on Newcastle's Quayside

A 700 metre mobile flood barrier, which would be deployed in emergencies, is being tested on Newcastle's Quayside today.

It's the first time the temporary barriers have been deployed and tested in the North East.

Here's what the new defences look like:

Flood barriers going up on Newcastle's Quayside as a part of a training exercise by the Environment Agency. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
700m mobile flood barrier. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The Quayside is one of five locations in the North East where they could be deployed within 12 hours of a flood. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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