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Remembering the WW1 Christmas truce

Young footballers from Sunderland and Newcastle have just returned from what was, in their own words, the trip of a lifetime.

They were playing in Belgium to mark the centenary of The Great War with other under-12 sides from The Premier League for The Christmas Truce National Tournament.

Held in Ypres, the site of many battles and, now, countless war graves, the three day trip was about testing their football skills but, more importantly, opening their eyes to the horrors of The First World War.

Our reporter Jonny Blair was given full access to the teams and tournament.

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Defiant synagogue worshippers return to scene of killings

Worshippers have today returned to a Jerusalem synagogue where four rabbis and a policeman were killed by armed raiders yesterday, vowing they would not be intimidated.

The bloodstains have been washed away and four memorial candles lit, with officers now stationed outside the Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue amid fears of growing violence.

Worshippers have returned to the synagogue in Jerusalem where the fatal attack took place yesterday Credit: Reuters

Among the dead was British-Israeli rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, originally from Liverpool. He and three American rabbis were killed during morning prayers by two Palestinian militants, while the policeman died later from his injuries.

One member of the synagogue, Avraham Burkei, said the congregation would not be cowed into changing their routine.

It's a little scary, but we're going to have to go on with our lives.

We're staying here, we're not moving anywhere. This terrorist attack is not going to change anything.

– Avraham Burkei, synagogue member

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Young footballers commemorate WWI Christmas Truce match

Troops met in no-man's land to play football on Christmas Day 1914 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Young footballers from Sunderland and Newcastle taken part in a special tournament in Belgium marking the centenary of World War One. They joined 18 other Premier League sides in Ypres. As well as playing football, they visited historic sites to learn about the horrors of The Great War.

Sunderland Under 12 players took part Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Christmas Truce Tournament was inspired by Christmas Day, 1914, when British and German soldiers met in no-man's land and bonded through playing football.

Newcastle Under 12 players took part Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

20 under 12s Premier League Teams took part. The tournament was eventually won by Chelsea who, along with runners up Liverpool, will return for the European version of the event in December.

However, it was really all about learning the history and effects of The Great War. Young players visited War Graves at Tyne Cot Cemetery and attended a service at the Menin Gate memorial.

Young footballers laid wreaths at the Menin Gate Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
They visited War Graves laying wreaths Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
One of the sites where a Christmas football match took place, 1914 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Christmas Day football matches took place in several locations in no-man's land Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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Family tribute to Liverpool-born Rabbi killed in Jerusalem

The family of Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg said they could not understand how the men that killed him could have such a disregard for human life.

Mr Goldberg, who was born in Liverpool and holds dual British-Israeli citizenship, was among four people killed after militants stormed a synagogue in Jerusalem. In a statement to ITV News, his immediate family said:

It's a massive waste of life, we cannot understand how people have no value for human life.

– Goldberg family
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Brit killed in synagogue attack 'only wanted peace'

The British man who was killed during the Jerusalem synagogue attack "only wanted peace", his relatives said.

Avraham Shmuel Goldberg Credit: Family handout.

Avraham Shmuel Goldberg was one of four people murdered when two militants stormed the building and attacked worshippers with knives, axes and guns before being shot by police.

Mr Goldberg was 68 and was married with six children, as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

His cousin Michelle Hirschfield told the BBC:

He was a peaceful man, not politically involved. He only wanted peace.

– Michelle Hirschfield

It is thought Mr Goldberg moved to Israel from Golders Green, north London, in the early 1990s. He held dual British-Israeli citizenship.

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Cousin of UK Rabbi killed in Jerusalem 'shell-shocked'

The cousin of the British Rabbi killed in the synagogue attack in Jerusalem said she was very privileged to have known him.

In an interview with ITV News Michelle Hirschfield described her cousin as "caring and peaceful", and said the whole community was shell-shocked by his senseless murder.

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British Rabbi killed in Jerusalem studied in Gateshead

Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg was one of four people murdered when two militants stormed a synagogue in Jerusalem Credit: Family handout

It's been confirmed a British Rabbi who was killed in an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem studied in Gateshead.

Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg studied at Gateshead Talmudical College in the late 50's and 60's.

Do you recognise these men? CCTV released after theft from bookies

CCTV image of man police want to trace Credit: Northumbria Police

Police investigating a robbery at a bookmakers in Newcastle have released CCTV of a man they need to trace.

It happened at 6pm on Sunday, November 16, at William Hill at Westgate Road, when a man went into the shop and demanded staff hand over cash.

He lunged over the counter at a staff member but made off without stealing anything. He met up with a second man outside before leaving the scene. No weapons were used in the incident.

Police investigating have released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to who may be able to help with their enquiries.

DS Nick Walker said: "We're carrying out enquiries into this robbery and we need to speak to the man in the images as we believe he can help with the investigation. Anyone who recognises him or anyone with information is asked to get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 1036 16/11/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

CCTV image of man police want to trace Credit: Northumbria Police

Newcastle poet shortlisted for 2014 Costa Book Awards

Colette Bryce Credit: Costa Book Awards

Newcastle based poet Colette Bryce is shortlisted for the 2014 Costa Book Awards.

Costa announced the shortlists last night in the First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book Award categories.

Colette Bryce’s The Whole and Rain-Domed Universe is shortlisted for the 2014 Costa Poetry Award.

The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize that is open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland.

This year’s Costa Book Awards attracted 640 entries, the highest number of entries ever received in one year.

Judges on this year’s panels included authors Maggie O’Farrell, Elizabeth Buchan, Bernardine Evaristo and Wendy Moore, children’s author Jonathan Stroud, poet and author Owen Sheets and Radio 2 Book Club Producer, Joe Haddow.

Winners in the five categories, who each receive £5,000, and will be announced on Monday 5th January 2015.

The overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2014 will receive £30,000 and will be selected and announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony in central London on Tuesday 27th January 2015.

The winner of the Costa Short Story Award, voted for by the public, will also be announced at the ceremony. The shortlisted six stories for the Costa Short Story Award, now in its third year, will be revealed on the Costa Book Awards website, on Tuesday 25th November.

Recent winners of the Costa Book of the Year include Nathan Filer for The Shock of the Fall (2013), Hilary Mantel for Bring Up the Bodies (2012), Andrew Miller for Pure (2011), Jo Shapcott for Of Mutability(2010), Christopher Reid for A Scattering (2009) and Sebastian Barry for The Secret Scripture (2008).

For additional information please visit www.costabookawards.com

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Jungle Jen completes seven day Amazon adventure

Jen Adair from Harrogate has just completed 284km seven day challenge through the toughest terrain of the Amazonian jungle.

Jen Adair from Harrogate Credit: Alex Beer

But only two years ago Jen was undergoing a 10 hour operation on her back for scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, and was in so much agony she had to take a huge cocktail of painkillers every day.

We spoke to Jen about her amazing story on the programme.

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