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North Shields Football Club are hoping to continue the region's great tradition in the FA Vase.
Northern League Clubs have lifted the trophy in five of the last six years.
They have the advantage going into the second leg of their semi-final on Saturday - and they've also got their own theme tune!
Watch Simon O'Rourke's report here:
North Shields Football Club are ninety minutes from Wembley.
They have a one goal advantage going into the second leg of their FA Vase Semi-Final against Swindon-based team Highworth.
North Shields are nicknamed 'the robins' and local band the Middens have recorded a version of the 1926 song "The Red, Red Robin" which the team has adopted as it's theme tune on the road to Wembley.
The band performed the song for us in the North Shields dressing room.
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John Rudd, jailed today for trying to groom a child online, isn't the first man to be successfully convicted as a result action taken by the group calling itself Dark Justice. Here, they show how they trap suspected paedophiles, and explain their motives to our reporter Kenny Toal.
Northumbria Police say they do not condone the actions of 'Dark Justice' - the group which has brought a paedophile to justice by tricking him online.
John Rudd, 57, from Stockton, was jailed for a year today and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for ten years after admitting a charge of attempting to meet a child after secular grooming.
He'd been snared by Dark Justice, after members of the group posed as a 14 year old girl online, and arranged to meet Rudd.
The say Dark Justice should have carried out such an operation themselves.
We note the sentencing today at Newcastle Crown Court. We'd like to make it clear that Northumbria Police does not advocate people carrying out such 'investigations' themselves. There are many risks associated with this - these groups are not aware of full details of the person they are dealing with, they have no way of safeguarding potential child victims and their actions could jeopardise ongoing police investigations, not to mention the risks posed to themselves. They can also lead to the diverting of significant resources into protecting suspects, which would be better invested in investigating and prosecuting suspected offenders. We have specialist officers who are trained to deal with and investigate this type of crime working alongside partner agencies - I'd urge people to leave it to the police. Cases involving child sexual abuse have a huge emotional impact on not only victims and families, but also on the general public who may not be directly involved and we understand the desire to protect children. However, we would urge anyone with information on crimes of this nature, online or otherwise, to contact police. We rely on the assistance of the public in preventing and detecting crime. Working closely with communities is a vital way in which we gain information, and their active engagement in fighting crime and bringing offenders to justice."
A man has escaped with a community order after sexually assaulting a woman in a care home.
Stephen McDonnell admitted pinning the victim to a resident's bed before trying to kiss her while stroking her leg.
The 44-year-old carried out the offence last year at a care home in South Tyneside.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how the victim, who was not a resident, has been left depressed and "crying every day" following the attack.
McDonnell admitted sexual assault on the day of his trial.
Judge Robert Adams told McDonnell of Galsworthy Road, South Shields: "You certainly should be ashamed of your activities."
Judge Adams handed McDonnell a three year community order with supervision and ordered him to attend a sex offenders programme for 54 days.
He also told McDonnell he would appear on the sex offences register for five years and gave him an indefinite restraining order against the victim.
This is the moment that John Rudd realised that the 14 year old girl he thought he was meeting on the Millennium Bridge turned out to be members of paedophile-hunting group Dark Justice.
'You can hide but the police are on their way' he is told.
Thanks to their efforts, Rudd, from Stockton-on-Tees, was today jailed for one year and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for ten years.
A man who thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl but was being tricked by a group of internet paedophile hunters has been jailed for a year at Newcastle Crown Court.
John Rudd, 57, from Appleton Road, Stockton, Teesside, contacted a fake profile set up by the group Dark Justice, and arranged a meeting even after being told the "girl" was under-age.
When Rudd travelled to Newcastle for the illegal rendezvous, he was shocked to find two men in their 20s armed with a video camera waiting for him on the Millennium Bridge.
Rudd was arrested minutes later, and Dark Justice made statements to the police.
The sex offender was charged with attempting to meet a child after secular grooming.
He admitted the offence and was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court, just yards from where Dark Justice's sting operation took place in November.
Judge Penny Moreland jailed him for a year and placed him on the Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years.
The vigilantes, who describe themselves as concerned citizens, set up a profile on the site Badoo in the name Donna.
When Rudd was caught, Dark Justice filmed him saying: "I just feel stupid."
Dark Justice revealed outside the court that members wear bullet-proof vests for their meetings.
They hope publicity might make paedophiles reconsider trying to meet children, and raise awareness among parents.
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ITV News Tyne Tees presenter Ian Payne was at St Aidan's Catholic Academy in Sunderland last night to host our Election 2015 School Debate. The aim was to encourage young people to engage in politics and parliament ahead of the election on May 7th. Earlier in the week, students were given the opportunity to question party representatives.