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Newlywed Cheryl Cole bags fourth solo number one

Newlywed Cheryl Cole has celebrated a ninth career chart-topping single as Crazy Stupid Love became her fourth solo number one.

The former Girls Aloud star joins Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora as only the third British female to claim the solo feat.

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Cheryl Cole married French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in a secret ceremony in Mustique earlier this month. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Cole said it was "so exciting" to see the track, which features British rapper Tinie Tempah, top the charts two years after releasing her last single.

"It feels great to be back but even more special to have achieved my fourth number one," the 31-year-old said.

Newcastle United beat Wellington Phoenix 1-0 at Westpac Stadium

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Alan Pardew Credit: PA

Newcastle United beat Wellington Phoenix 1-0 in New Zealand.

Liam Sweeney and John Alder were travelling to watch this match - and Tuesday's 4-0 win against Sydney FC - when they were tragically killed when their flight came down in eastern Ukraine.

Alan Pardew has dedicated the season to the two men, he said: "None of us would be sitting here without the fans.

"Owners and managers come and go, as do players, but the fans are always there, and these two guys in particular, to go to the lengths that they did to get out here, has brought home just how important supporters are to us.

"Sometimes when you lose lives in that manner, it puts into context what we do.

"This season we want to give their families something to remember them by, by having a successful season."

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Gaza protests planned in Newcastle and Middlesbrough

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Today's protests come after a vigil was held by Grey's Monument on Tuesday 15th July. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Protests are expected in Newcastle and Middlesbrough today to show solidarity with people affected by the current conflict in Gaza.

Both events are planned to start at 11.30am. The one on Teesside will begin at the One Life Centre on Linthorpe Road. Meanwhile, the protest in Newcastle will start at the City Pool on Northumberland Road.

This comes after a vigil was held outside Grey's Monument in Newcastle on Tuesday 15th July.

County Durham businessman jailed as part of Operation Sanctuary

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Gurhan Sayan. Credit: Northumbria Police

A businessman from Chester-le-Street has become the first to be sent to prison as a result of Operation Sanctuary, a major Northumbria Police investigation into allegations of a series of sexual offences.

Gurhan Sayan targeted his victim in Newcastle city centre when she stumbled and lost her shoe. The 28-year-old woman, who had been drinking, could not remember how she got into his car, but woke to find she had been driven some distance from the city centre.

She was then attacked inside the vehicle. At Newcastle Crown Court today Guhan Sayan was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison. He was also given a 10-year Prohibition Order, banning him from transporting females he does not know in his car. He'd pleaded guilty to an sex assault charge at at earlier hearing.

Virgin Money to create 200 jobs after Osborne's visit

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George Osborne speaking at Virgin Money's site in Newcastle.
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Can I help you? The Chancellor was shown the ropes at Virgin Money's branch in Newcastle city centre.
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The Chancellor chatting to Virgin Money staff.
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Something to smile about: Virgin Money has announced it will pay the Treasury a further £154.5 million.

Virgin Money has announced that it will create 200 new jobs, 120 of which will be based in the North East.

The announcement was made earlier today when the Chancellor, George Osborne, visited Virgin Money's site in Gosforth, Newcastle. The visit also included a tour of the bank's high street branch in Newcastle city centre.

Virgin Money bought Northern Rock from the Government in 2011. As part of that deal, Virgin Money will pay a further £154.5 million to the Treasury.

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Police release 'selfie' taken on stolen mobile phone

Police investigating a phone theft in Newcastle have released a 'selfie' of a man they want to speak to.

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Selfie taken on phone

A number of images were uploaded to the phone and a comment mentioned Aberdeen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

"A number of enquiries have been carried out and we now have an image of a man we need to contact.

"We're keen to speak to the man in the image as it's believed they may have important information about the theft or the whereabouts of the stolen phone.

"They may have come into possession of the phone in good faith and I'd urge them or anyone who recognises them to contact police as soon as possible so they can help with our enquiries."

– PC Emma Tatusko

NE1's Restaurant Week returns

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The Broad Chare Credit: NE1

NE1's Restaurant Week is back from August 4 - 10 where across Newcastle you can get two courses from £10.

You can dine out at some of the city's best restaurants for a fraction of the price including The Broad Chare, Malmaison and Cafe 21.

The scheme was launched in 2011 and is modelled on a similar initiative that takes place in New York.

Find out more here.

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