A new John Lewis store will open at Monks Cross on the outksirts of the city along with a Marks and Spencer store. The council has defended its decision but the local Chamber of Trade says it makes no sense
The shopping scheme will help fund a new sports stadium for York City and the city's rugby league club.
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The club says it is upset that comments made by its manager Ronnie Moore have been 'escalated'.
Most Sunderland fans have arrived at St James Park without any trouble, after a campaign for peace out of respect for the victims of MH17.
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