From pub singer to super star

James Arthur from Saltburn has won this year X Factor. The 24-year-old won the public vote at a live final in Manchester.

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James Arthur confirms split with Simon Cowell

Saltburn's X-Factor winner James Arthur has confirmed that he is no longer with Simon Cowell's company, Syco.

There was speculation earlier this year that he had been dropped by the record label.

Last night, though, James Arthur posted these messages on Twitter:

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Just to clear things up - I am no longer with Syco. I would like to thank all at the label for making a great record with me.

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I now have to move on and do something different - the future is bright! #LOVE

Saltburn 'yarnbombers' strike again

A topless fan is one of the creations by the Saltburn yarnbombers.
A topless fan is one of the creations by the Saltburn yarnbombers. Credit: ITV

With less than a month to go until the World Cup in Brazil, Saltburn's mystery knitters have been getting delighted fans in the mood.

The collection of figures stretches along the beach railings, and includes both footballers and their armies of fans.

A woollen player warms up in Saltburn.
A woollen player warms up in Saltburn. Credit: ITV
Some of the multi-coloured creations by the mystery knitters.
Some of the multi-coloured creations by the mystery knitters. Credit: ITV
Let's hope Brazil's hotter than this! A fan relaxes with a World Cup magazine.
Let's hope Brazil's hotter than this! A fan 'sunbathes' with a World Cup magazine on a cloudy day in Saltburn. Credit: ITV
Tug of war: Teams fight over the World Cup. Next month, they'll do it for real.
Tug of war: Teams fight over the World Cup. Next month, they'll do it for real. Credit: ITV

This isn't the first time the so-called 'yarnbombers' have decorated the town - but their identity has always remained a secret.

Do you know the Saltburn yarnbombers?! Email pamandian@itv.com

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Mystery knitters bring World Cup fever to Saltburn

Football's coming home: An optimistic woollen figure of an England player holding the World Cup.
Football's coming home: An optimistic woollen figure of an England player holding the World Cup. Credit: ITV

Mystery knitters have been busy in the run up to the Bank Holiday - delighting a seaside town with World Cup inspired creations.

The pop-up exhibition appeared in Saltburn yesterday morning.
The pop-up exhibition appeared in Saltburn yesterday morning. Credit: ITV

The railings along the beach in Saltburn are adorned with wool figures from different nations playing in the World Cup.

Yarnbombers bring World Cup fever to Saltburn.
Yarnbombers bring World Cup fever to Saltburn. Credit: ITV

Among them, an optimistic England player clutching the World Cup.

Maradona's infamous Hand of God from the 1986 World Cup quarter final has also been recreated.

Hand of God: The infamous Maradona move from the 1986 quarter final against England.
Hand of God: The infamous Maradona move from the 1986 quarter final against England. Credit: ITV

Others playfully poke fun at national stereotype - the Frenchman has a striped jumper and a beret.

MORE: Saltburn 'yarnbombers' strike again

The Ivory Coast player, cheered on by an elephant and a frog.
The Ivory Coast player, cheered on by an elephant and a frog. Credit: ITV
The Frenchman in a striped beret.
The Frenchman in a striped beret pokes fun at national stereotypes. Credit: ITV

This isn't the first pop up exhibition by the clandestine creators - they also made figures for the Olympics, Queen's Jubilee and the Royal Wedding.

MORE: Mystery knitters choose Olympic theme

Their identity remains a closely guarded secret.

Collision leaves man with serious injuries

Police are appealing for information after a collision which has left a man with serious injuries in hospital.

The collision, which involved a Citroen Relay van and a Citroen C4, happened at around 11.10am on Thursday May 8 on Wilton Bank in Saltburn.

The 58-year-old man driving the Citroen C4 has been taken to James Cook University Hospital suffering from serious arm injuries as well as head and internal injuries.

He is in a stable condition.

Syco declines to comment on James Arthur

Saltburn's X Factor winner James Arthur said he was 'concentrating on his music' after reports that he had been dropped from Simon Cowell's record label.

The singer was reportedly dropped by Syco after it emerged his song Follow The Leader included the lyric "I'm gonna blow up your family like I'm a terrorist".

A spokeswoman for Syco declined to comment and James tweeted to defend the song, which he insisted was "not promoting terrorism".

James Arthur 'still with Syco'

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As far as I know I am still with syco but I am exclusively signed to Sony. People look too deeply into the media circus. It's about music.

Saltburn's James Arthur has denied speculation that he was dropped by Simon Cowell's label Syco. It has been reported that The X Factor winner was sacked because of controversial lyrics.

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Northern Lights over Saltburn-by-the-Sea

People across the North East were out late for a rare glimpse of the Northern Lights last night.

This picture was taken by one of our viewers, Nick Wesson, in Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire.

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Northern Lights in North Yorkshire: they are not normally seen this far south Credit: Nick Wesson

What did the Northern Lights look like where you live? Share your pictures with us on Facebook, on Twitter or by emailing pam&ian@itv.com.

'Neknomination' teen threatened to jump in sea

Coastguards were called out to reports of a teenager threatening to jump in the rough sea at Saltburn after playing the "neknomination" drinking game.

The RNLI Lifeboat based in Redcar was also sent to Saltburn Pier after being alerted by Cleveland Police, but the teenager was later found to be at home.

After going to the pier, Redcar Coastguard Rescue Team found the male had posted his intention to jump from it on social media after taking part in the online game.

"The craze of neknominate is spreading virally through Facebook but before accepting your mission please just stop and think about what you are doing.

"If you have been drinking, your judgement will be impaired and you will be more likely to be overcome by the cold, dark sea. Your acceptance of the dare is highly likely to be life threatening.

"Alcohol is a contributory factor in a significant number of coastal drownings every year. Alcohol and sea water really don't mix."

– Humber Coastguard watch manager Bev Allen
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