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Two arrests after city centre disturbance

Two men have been arrested after a disturbance in Newcastle. At 1.49am on Easter Sunday police received a report of an assault at The Gate complex in the city centre.

A man aged 33 was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit GBH, and a 23-year-old man on suspicion of assault.

They are both in custody helping with enquiries.

The 23-year-old received hospital treatment for cuts to his face.

Any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 140 20/04/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Bishop leads Dawn Vigil at Durham Cathedral

Dawn Vigil fire is lit. Credit: Keith Blundy

The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, led a dawn service of Initiation and Communion at Durham Cathedral today in which he Baptised five people.

The dawn service, often called the Dawn Vigil, was the first service of Easter Day at the cathedral.

Bishop Paul lights the Easter Paschal Candle. Credit: Keith Blundy

In his first Easter Day service since being enthroned as Bishop of Durham, Bishop Paul gave a sermon in which he spoke of fear and what makes us afraid saying:

"We live in a world where there is much fear. So too on the streets of our communities like Jarrow, Hartlepool, Stockton, Sunderland, Easington and the farms of the Dales there are people who live with deep fears."

"Fears of domestic abuse and violence; fears of long term illness; fears of failing to be able to heat the home and feed the children adequately; fears of no job on leaving school or college; fears of loneliness and hopelessness.”

Bishop Paul concluded by saying: “But there is a fear that takes us forward; it is the 'fear of the Lord'. This is not being afraid of God but it is, in Eugene Peterson's words, 'living responsively and appropriately before who God is, who he is as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.'

Congregation at Dawn Candlelight Service of Light. Credit: Keith Blundy

Bookmakers armed robbery: man charged

A man has been charged in connection with a bookmakers robbery in Northumberland.

It happened around 8.45pm on Wednesday, April 9, when a man went into Chisholm bookmakers in Elsdon Avenue in Seaton Delaval and threatened staff with a knife.

He left with an amount of cash.

The staff member was left shaken by the incident but unhurt.

Christopher Waddell, 28, of Kearsley Close in Seaton Delaval, has been arrested and charged with robbery.

He is due before North Tyneside magistrates on Tuesday morning, April 22.

Hundreds take part in 10k Run on Tyneside

Crossing the finishing line at Whitley Bay. Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of runners have crossed the finishing line at Whitley Bay after taking part in the North Tyneside 10k Run event on Easter Sunday.

It is not yet known how many people competed, or ran for charity, but organisers said 2,000 people had registered to take part.

An energetic start to Easter Sunday. Credit: ITV News

The route started at the Parks Sports Centre in North Shields before heading down to the Fish Quay, up a challenging climb to Tynemouth Priory and Castle, a dash along a stretch of coastline before finishing in the shadow of St. Mary's Lighthouse.

Hope there's a chocolate egg waiting for these guys - they deserve it! Credit: ITV News

Two years on - do you know this woman?

Woman wanted in connection with alleged racist incident. Credit: Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police has issued cctv pictures of a woman they want to speak to in connection with an alleged racist incident outside a pub almost two years ago.

It happened at Manhattens, formerly The Steam Elephant, on Wallsend High Street.

A second cctv picture of the woman. Credit: Northumbria Police

A door supervisor was subjected to racial abuse by people he had ejected.

A man, 30, has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

This is what the woman looked like two years ago. Credit: Northumbria Police

The incident happened in the summer of 2012. Anyone who recognises the woman in the images is asked to contact police quoting reference 12099S/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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