A photo made available by Northumbria Police of internet troll Reece Elliott

British internet troll Reece Elliott jailed for two years after making threat to kill 200 US children on Facebook

Father-of-one admits one count of making a threat to kill and eight of sending grossly offensive messages

Vicky Pattison of UK reality TV series, Geordie Shore, who has been 'removed' from the show following her arrest

Geordie Shore filming suspended as stars Vicky Pattison and Holly Hagan arrested for assault

Geordie Shore depicts the city of Newcastle’s young people as airheaded hedonists with the sexual decorum of bonobo chimps, The Independent’s TV critic once remarked.

Martin Castrogiovanni pictured after his move to Toulon

Martin Castrogiovanni has 'lost all respect' for Leicester Tigers' director of rugby Richard Cockerill

Italian prop speaks out over move to Toulon and claims there are 'very few happy players' at the club

Grey matters: Tominator (centre) finishes strongly in Newcastle

Doubles all round as Tominator leaves it late to claim marathon victory

The victory of 8-1 shot Tominator in the Northumberland Plate, by a short-head after a steely-nerved ride from Graham Lee, neatly ticked some statistical boxes.

The national trust Holy island castle from Lindisfarne Priory

Walk of the Month: Bamburgh, Northumberland - a thousand tales lurk among these dramatic cliffs and crags

There’s plenty of history to discover on this dramatic walk along the Northumberland coast, says Mark Rowe

Uncooked curry leaves caused mass outbreak of salmonella in Newcastle, say health officials

Uncooked curry leaves in a chutney left more than 400 people who ate at a street food festival with diarrhoea and vomiting or salmonella poisoning, health officials have found.

George North, the standout Lion, has a hamstring injury

Brian Smith: Opponents panic every time George North gets the ball - he just has to be Test fit

Cheika will not run up the white flag. His Waratahs are a clever side

Sam Warburton

British and Irish Lions 2013: Brian O'Driscoll, George North and Manu Tuilagi among those rested for match against New South Wales Waratahs

Simon Zebo will make his debut on Saturday in a team captained by Sam Warburton

Nottingham: Labour romps home in city's last Tory stronghold

Labour's embattled leader Ed Miliband received a surprise boost when his party stormed the last remaining Tory stronghold at Nottingham in the latest council by-elections.

Lottery sailors back on dry land after scooping £6m jackpot

The couple had only made it as far as Newcastle marina when they discovered they had scooped Wednesday's £6,123,395 jackpot

D-day veteran Gordon Hornsby at his home in North Shields

Normandy veterans speak: Gordon Hornsby - ‘There are so few of us left to tell the tale’

Gordon Hornsby, 89, from North Shields, North Tyneside, was a Driver Mechanic with 203 Field Ambulance Unit, Royal Army Service Corps. He came ashore at Gold Beach on D-Day, and drove a series of ambulances all the way from Normandy to the Netherlands, where he was himself wounded in the Battle of Arnhem

Beckett lands Classic one-two as hidden Talent upstages rivals

As every trainer knows, when you win a race in which you have two runners you must always go and deal with the beaten owners first. And that applies especially when they have just written out a fat cheque for a half-share in a Classic favourite, only to see her run down in the final furlong by your other filly. Sure enough, Ralph Beckett was yesterday alive to his obligations as he celebrated a dramatic consolidation of the breakthrough he made here five years ago.

Dianne Illingworth in Newcastle upon Tyne yesterday: ‘My health is poor, and I can’t walk far’

At what cost? Life-saving drug withheld

Woman's kidney transplant is cancelled as minister refuses to fund anti-rejection Soliris

Three arrested ahead of EDL march over 'racist tweets'

Police have arrested three people ahead of an EDL protest for allegedly making racist tweets.

Flybe hits out at Gatwick over 'discrimination'

Flybe has hit out at the owners of Gatwick, claiming the airline's decision to sell 25 take-off and landing slots at the base to easyJet for £20m was due to the airport's "discriminatory" treatment of smaller airlines.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?