The news that average rail fares could increase by around 3.5% next year sparked anger but also understanding among passengers in the region. Unions claim costs are rising too quickly for people, while the government says extra money is used to improve services.
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A 48-year-old man has been arrested after an assault in Newcastle's east end.
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27-year-old Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a “prolonged and harrowing” attack in front of her two young children.