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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

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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.

Emily Davison (1872 - 1913) is fatally injured as she tries to stop the King's horse 'Amner' on Derby Day, to draw attention to the Women's Suffragette movement

How Emily Davison and the suffragettes targeted sport to bring attention to their cause

The Derby was not the only sporting venue used to make their voices heard - golf courses, football grounds and Wimbledon were all targeted

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.

Newcastle lead in play-off final

Newcastle moved a step closer to a return to the Premiership after claiming an 18-9 lead over Bedford in the first leg of their Championship final.

Airline Flybe quits London's Gatwick Airport

The carrier currently runs about 340 domestice flights a week from the airport

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