The comedian and television star Jimmy Tarbuck was arrested by North Yorkshire Police in connection with an allegation of the sexual abuse of a young boy in the 1970s. He has been released on bail as inquiries continue.
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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.
The Met Office have issued a yellow "Be Aware" warning of strong winds for the region for Sunday into Monday