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Allardyce thanks 'magnificent' Sunderland supporters

England manager Sam Allardyce during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel, St George's Park Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sam Allardyce has paid tribute to Sunderland supporters after departing the club to become England manager.

In his first press conference as England boss at St George's Park, Allardyce said:

I had a really good time at Sunderland. The fans were magnificent for me.

Hopefully the England fans will enjoy my time with them just as much as the Sunderland fans did last season.

– Sam Allardyce, England manager

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Police investigate arson attack in Northumberland

Two people escaped uninjured after an arson attack in Ashington in Northumberland.

Emergency services were called to a house fire at 2am this morning (SAT) on Newbiggin Road in the town.

Two people were in the house at the time of the fire but escaped uninjured.

They were taken to hospital by paramedics to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Police and firefighters are treating the fire as a suspected arson.

"This is believed to be an isolated incident but extra officers are in the area to carry out enquiries and reassure any concerned members of the public.

– Northumbria Police
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