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Two arrests after city centre disturbance

Two men have been arrested after a disturbance in Newcastle. At 1.49am on Easter Sunday police received a report of an assault at The Gate complex in the city centre.

A man aged 33 was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit GBH, and a 23-year-old man on suspicion of assault.

They are both in custody helping with enquiries.

The 23-year-old received hospital treatment for cuts to his face.

Any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 140 20/04/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cyclist may have seen armed robber

Police say they want to hear from a cyclist who was riding along Two Ball Lonnen just after a robbery at a Nisa convenience store in Newcastle at around 5.30am on Thursday.

The robber is believed to have run across the road in front of him.

Police believe this man may have information which would help enquiries.

"Extensive enquiries continue to take place into this robbery and we're making a fresh appeal for information. We've released CCTV of the incident in ongoing efforts to trace the man in the footage and would urge anyone who recognises him or knows who he is to get in touch with police. In particular, the man was wearing a fluorescent jacket which had a missing silver panel at the back and anyone who knows the whereabouts of this jacket should also contact police. "

– DC Keith Howells, Northumbria Police Major Crime Team


Dramatic cctv of armed robbery in progress

Police have released cctv footage of an armed robbery in progress at a convenience store in Newcastle.

It shows a man in a flourescent jacket, armed with two knives, man-handling two members of staff at a Nisa store in Two Ball Lonnen early on Thursday morning.

He tied the workers together before making off with cash and cigarettes.

No one was injured during the robbery, but staff were left distressed by the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police.

Police urge missing Newcastle man to contact them

Police are trying to find a man from Newcastle who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Gary Smith, 52, from Wideopen has been missing since March 31.

"It's been more than two weeks since Mr Smith was last seen and ourselves and his family are increasingly concerned for his welfare.

"His family miss him, they want to know he is safe and to have him back at home and they ask him to get in touch with them as soon as possible.

"I'd urge anyone who sees him or has seen him since Monday, march 31, or has information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police."

– Detective Sergeant Nick Walker


AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young 'too ill to play live'

Malcolm Young (far left) with AC/DC bandmates Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Brian Johnson Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young is "unable to perform any more" due to illness, according to a friend of the musician.

Mark Gable, the frontman with fellow Australian group Choirboys, claimed that Young "will probably not be able to record" any more.

AC/DC have been fronted by Gateshead-born singer Brian Johnson since 1980.

The band has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide.

There had been rumours that AC/DC might perform at Newcastle's St James' Park this year as part of a tour to mark the band's 40th anniversary.

It is unclear whether the tour will now go ahead.

However, music magazine Billboard has said there is "no truth" to rumours that AC/DC will be forced to retire.

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