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South Shields' Katy McLean captains winning World Cup side in Paris

England celebrate the win
England win the Rugby World Cup in Paris Credit: ITV News/Melissa Wright

England have won the Rugby World Cup in Paris.

The side, captained by Katy McLean, from South Shields, beat Canada 21- 9 in the final on Sunday, August 17.

Katy's dad Dave McLean spoke to ITV News while traveling back from the French capital.

He said: " It's been amazing. Absolutely fantastic.

"I've been here for the whole tournament and they're worthy winners.

"I was here when they lost four years ago so this is brilliant. I am so proud of her.

"An MBE at the start of the year, a World Cup Winner's medal now, what can we expect at the end of the year? Brilliant."

South Shields college "devastated" by death of student in Tanzania

The head of a South Shields college says the death of one his students in Tanzania has left the community "devastated".

Sir Ken Gibson, Executive Headteacher of Harton Technology College, added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends".

We were devastated to hear the awful news about one of our sixth form students. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and with the students and staff who are still in Tanzania. I have been in touch with the family and the parents of the other students, and will be keeping in close contact with the staff in Tanzania. We are hopeful that they will be flying home as soon as possible and we will have professional support in place for all concerned."

– Sir Ken Gibson, Executive Headteacher, Harton Technology College

Enquiries to continue into student's death in Tanzania

Enquiries are set to continue today after an 18-year-old student from South Shields was found dead whilst on a school trip to Africa.

The student, from Harton Technology College in South Shields, was in Tanzania on an expedition.

A spokeswoman from South Tyneside Council confirmed that counselling will be offered to anyone affected by the incident.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time. We will be offering counselling and any other support that we can to those affected by this tragic incident.”

– South Tyneside Council spokeswoman
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