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Newcastle deal for Mbemba moving closer

Anderlecht's Chancel Mbemba Credit: VIRGINIE LEFOUR/Belga/Press Association Images

Newcastle United are closing in on a deal for Anderlecht's Chancel Mbemba.

The clubs have agreed a transfer for the fullback, and he has now agreed personal terms, and passed a medical in Newcastle.

The documents needed for Mbemba's visa have been submitted to the FA, but the governing body is unable to consider the club's application until Thursday 30 July.

Newcastle United says it'll update supporters as soon as it gets a decision from the FA.

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Thousands flock to Newcastle racecourse for Ladies Day

Racegoers have turned out in their thousands for the Collingwood Insurance Beeswing Ladies Day.

The first race of the day was at 2:10pm with the last of the seven race card set to take place at 5.40pm.

The most glamorous race day of the flat season is expected to see more than 20,000 visitors to High Gosforth Park.

Ladies Day at the races Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Body found after 'reports of concern for a man'

The body of a man has been found in the Scotswood area of Newcastle, police say.

At around 11:30am this morning, July 24th, officers were "informed of concern for a man" in Invincible Drive in the Armstrong Industrial Estate.

Emergency services attended where the body of a man was discovered.

His death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Police do not believe there was any third party involvement.

Bomb accused, Liam Lyburd paid tribute to US school gunman on Facebook

Liam Lyburd paid tribute on Facebook to an American teenager who carried out a school shooting, a jury heard.

  • Mr Lyburd, 19, is charged with possession of explosives, a gun and ammunition, and with intent to endanger life.
Liam Lyburd at a previous hearing. Credit: PA

Jaylen Fryberg, 15, shot dead four classmates at Marysville High School before turning the gun on himself last October, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Mr Lyburd, 19, wrote on Facebook: "If a person treats another like a piece of crap every day don't be surprised if the person comes in shooting. Always be nice to people."

He added: "No-one listens to you when you say you are going to kill people, they only listen to you after you killed the people. No-one takes it seriously anymore.

"RIP Jaylen Fryberg."

Also on Mr Lyburd's page was a reference to the Batman Dark Knight cinema shootings, with a picture of a corpse and the wording: "Don't pirate movies they said, go to the premiere, they said."

Under it, he wrote: "Batman Dark Knight Rises premiere..."

And in his Facebook description, he wrote: "I'm getting crazier everyday. My fantasies are becoming a reality... without question, im loosing (sic) my mind. I am going to snap very soon..."

Jury shown items recovered from Liam Lyburd's home

One of the items recovered from Liam Lyburd's home Credit: Crown Prosecution Service

Liam Lyburd, 19, has pleaded guilty to nine charges relating to making five pipe bombs, two home-made explosive devices, possessing a 9mm Luger Calibre Glock gun, 94 jacketed hollow point expanding bullets and CS gas.

He denies eight charges of possessing those items with an intent to endanger life at Newcastle College.

The trial, at Newcastle Crown Court, continues.

Credit: Crown Prosecution Service
Credit: Crown Prosecution Service
Credit: Crown Prosecution Service

Bomb accused teenager: Jury shown image from laptop found in Liam Lyburd's bedroom

A teenager accused of plotting mass murder at his former college wrote a note on a computer blaming the establishment for his "miserable life" and making him look a fool, a court heard.

The jury at Newcastle Crown Court were also shown this image from a laptop found in Liam Lyburd's bedroom:

Credit: CPS

His trial is expected to continue for around three more days.

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