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Darlington to host All Blacks in Rugby World Cup

It's been confirmed that Darlington will be an official team base for the Rugby World Cup in 2015, hosting the All Blacks.

Tyneside's training facilities will be used by the stars of next year’s Rugby World Cup. Four venues in Newcastle and Gateshead, and the fifth in Darlington, have been chosen to host the athletes when the world’s third largest sporting event comes to St James’ Park in 2015.

Councillor Ged Bell, Simon Culley, Councillor Peter Mole, and Judith Doyle

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Gateshead kidnap claim - four men charged

Police have charged four men following an alleged kidnapping incident in Gateshead.

It happened between 2.30am and 3am, on Sunday, August 10, when a 28-year-old man was taken against his will by a group of men from an address on Croft Close, in Ryton, in a vehicle.

He managed to escape and reported the incident to the police.

Four people have now been charged with kidnap. They are:

William Black, 30, of Grange Crescent, Leam Lane, Gateshead; Jordan White, 28, of Elswick Road, Newcastle; Jordan Reynolds, 21, of Willow Grove, Felling and Andrew Hall, 19, of Avalon Walk, Newcastle.

Woman's body found in Gateshead park

A man has been arrested after a woman was found dead on a patch of land in Gateshead. The body of the 28 year old was found outside a former school building, and former care home, on parkland at Windmill Hills, just off Bensham Road.

A report is being prepared for the coroner.

A man aged 41 has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the offer to supply drugs. He is currently helping police with enquiries.

Police are continuing to investigate the death and are keen to speak to anyone with information.

"We're piecing together the circumstances surrounding this woman's death. She was found in the early afternoon when many people were going about their daily business. I'd urge anyone who was in the area of Bensham Road, on Thursday, July 31, and who may have seen this woman to come forward as their information could assist our investigation."

– Det Sgt Andy Groundwater, Northumbria Police

This is the second suspected drugs death on Tyneside this week.

On Monday Bradley Dodds, aged 18, was found collapsed on a street at Kingston Park, Newcastle.

He died in hospital later the same day.

Phone stolen in Newcastle

A phone was stolen in Newcastle.

In the early hours of Saturday, July 12, a handbag containing a mobile phone was stolen inside Powerhouse nightclub on Westmorland Street.

The owner of the phone had a security feature activated which sends any images taken on the phone to her cloud account.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police.

MH17 dad heads to Downing Street to demand action

The father of one of the two Newcastle United supporters killed in the Flight MH17 disaster is travelling to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.

Barry Sweeney caught a train at Newcastle Central station shortly after 9am today, for a pre-arranged meeting at Downing Street.

Mr Sweeney wants the government to do more to ensure that the bodies of all 298 victims are returned to their loved ones as soon as possible.

Barry's son Liam died alongside his friend John Alder.

They were onboard a plane which crashed after apparently being struck by a missile over Ukranian airspace. There were no survivors.

Speaking to ITV Tyne Tees as he waited to board a train this morning, Barry Sweeney spoke of his hope that today's meeting with David Cameron would result in concrete action.

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Tablet theft: do you know this man?

Cctv image of a man police would like to speak to. Credit: Northumbria Police
Do you know who this is? Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to after a theft in Newcastle.

It happened at a Post Office at Moulton Court, on Thursday, June 5, when a white Samsung tablet was stolen from inside the shop.

It is believed this man may have information which will help the investigation.

Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 30421N/14 , or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Floral tributes to River Tyne victim

Safety warnings are being repeated, following the death of a man who was pulled from the River Tyne at the weekend.

The man, who was in his forties, went into the water at the Fish Quay in North Shields to retrieve something he had dropped.

He got into difficulties, and efforts to revive him failed.

A poignant tribute to the River Tyne victim. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Rape investigation launched in Newcastle

Police are investigating an alleged rape in Newcastle.

The 26 year old victim is said to have been attacked some time between 11pm on Friday, July 25, and 4am on Saturday, July 26, in the Westgate Road area, near to the bowling alley.

A spokesman says the investigation is in the early stages and specially trained officers are supporting the victim.

The alleged rapist is described as being in his 20s or 30s, white, around 5ft 8 to 5ft 9ins tall, thin, with dark brown or black hair.

He was wearing a pale coloured short-sleeved t-shirt, jeans and trainers.

Tyneside to be lit up by man-made lightning strikes

More details have been released about the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony, due to take place on September 4th.

Organisers Nova International say the event on the Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside will include fireworks and man-made lightning strikes.

Man-made lightening will illuminate the night sky. Credit: Great North Run

The fireworks will be provided by pyrotechnic wizards, Alchemy, who have lit up the skies above some of the UK’s most iconic venues, including Tower Bridge for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

They will create a large-scale fire sculpture, close proximity pyrotechnics and aerial fireworks in a variety of locations on the river, bridges, and the Quaysides.

Alchemy, the pyrotechnics people, will put on the display. Credit: Great North Run

A group called Lords of Lightening will also make an appearance.

Described as one of the most unique and fascinating shows on the planet, this show was created by New Zealand born Carlos Van Camp.

The crackle of Lightning Bolts will crash into the Tyne from two towers as two people, dressed in metal suits, interact with the power of lightning.

Lord of Lightening will entertain crowds. Credit: Great North Run

Harnessing 4 million volts of electricity, this performance has seared itself into the memory of audiences

worldwide and is set to dazzle and amaze the audience at this year's Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony.

4 million volts of electricity will be harnessed. Credit: Great North Run

Described by organisers as the biggest party in the North East, the Great North Run opening ceremony will also feature live performances from local hero and Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler, plus multi-platinum selling dance duo, Chase & Status.

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