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How police plan to keep Sunderland Airshow disruption to a minimum

Sunderland airshow, 2015. Credit: ITV News

Northumbria Police are offering reassurance to people living in and around Sunderland, ahead of the International Airshow. Officers say plans are in place to keep disruption to a minimum.

Each year the city hosts the international event that attracts huge numbers of spectators who visit the seafront for the air display.

"The airshow attracts huge crowds and is a fantastic event for the city and one we're really proud to be a part of. We've been working closely with the organisers and Sunderland City Council to ensure plans are in place to make sure the event runs smoothly and that any disruption to our local residents is kept to a minimum.

Officers will be on patrol in and around the city, in particular in Seaburn and Roker, throughout the weekend - they are there to offer our local communities reassurance and I would urge anyone who does have any concerns not hesitate to speak to an officer.

Our local residents play a crucial role in helping us as they are familiar with the area, they know what seems out of place or suspicious and I would anyone who does see something that they think looks out of the ordinary to please get in contact with us, they can either tell an officer on patrol or ring us.

Some of the officers members of the public see on patrol may be armed but people should not be alarmed about this, more than anything they are there to reassure our local communities, they are not there in response to any increased threat. Please stop and speak them!

We're really grateful to our local communities for the support they show us and their understanding throughout these events, it really is important to us and something we very much value.

– Superintendent Sarah Pitt

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Sunderland release statement over Allardyce 'speculation'

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce on the phone during the pre-season friendly match at Victoria Park Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager despite speculation that he is set to become the next England manager.

The 61-year-old was at Victoria Park for the club's opening pre-season match against Hartlepool United. But widespread reports suggest the Football Association will announce him as Roy Hodgson's successor in the next 24 hours.

However, Sunderland have played down those reports with the following statement:

Naturally we are aware of the intense media speculation this evening, however, at the present time Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager.

We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC.

– Sunderland AFC

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Sam Allardyce could be appointed England manager in next 24 hours

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce could be appointed England manager within the next 24 hours.

That's according to reports from Press Association Sport.

Sam Allardyce is with SAFC tonight as they take on Hartlepool tonight at Victoria Park.

He has been interviewed for the role left vacant by Roy Hodgson.

Families struggling to meet childcare costs in the North East

According to a survey by the Family and Childcare Trust - childcare places are only available to a third, of working families in the North East. That's down from 45 per cent last year.

And there's a big difference in cost in the region.

Childcare provided by the public sector costs an average of 82 per week in the region.

Privately run facilities cost an average of 125 pounds per week per child. That's a rise of 43 per cent since 2010.

Our correspondent Rachel Bullock spoke to Mark Bou Monsour from the Family and Childcare Trust which carried out the survey:

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