Pensioner dies in crash while driving the wrong way down the A1

Car driven southbound on northbound carriageway crashed into a number of other vehicles, with two people taken to hospital as a result

Cafe @ Marshalls was the unlikely site of a five-hour siege

Quiche craving leads to armed siege in Northumberland

Five-hour stand-off as peckish raiders armed themselves with knives

Three-year football ban for Sunderland fan who made monkey gesture at Romela Lukaku

A football fan who directed racist monkey gestures at a striker who had just scored against his Premier League team has been banned from attending matches for three years.

River Wear tragedy: hero teenager lost her life trying in vain to save another girl

Two teenage girls found by police divers in named

Nile Ranger

Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger charged with rape

The 22-year-old will appear in court next month

Three arrested ahead of EDL march over 'racist tweets'

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

Four held after man found dead in North Shields

Detectives are questioning four people on suspicion of murdering a Lithuanian man whose body was found in a flat.

Ukip in chaos after leaked emails threaten to derail party on eve of election

Ukip’s ability to vet its own election candidates has come under intense questioning after a series of embarrassing leaked emails, campaign trail blunders, and allegedly racist and homophobic comments from their would-be councillors ahead of local elections this week.

Teenagers in hospital after taking 'legal high' Clockwork Orange Herbal Incense

Police have issued fresh warnings to teenagers about the dangers of “legal high” drugs after three 15-year-olds were rushed to hospital vomiting blood yesterday.

Andy Carroll tangles with Manchester United keeper David De Gea

Rampaging West Ham striker Andy Carroll posts reminder of his talent against Manchester United

Those of us who watched him grow into the Championship, the Newcastle number nine shirt and then into the Premier League, cannot help but feel frustrated

A Newcastle fan appears to aim a punch at a police horse

Video: Police horse punched on nose as Newcastle and Sunderland fans clash after Tyne-Wear derby

The horse in question is back in work today, unharmed

A Newcastle fan appears to aim a punch at a police horse

Newcastle 'embarrassed and appalled' by behaviour of fans

Premier League club vow to ban supporters who caused trouble after Sunderland match

Post-mortem of filmmaker Lee Halpin who died while making homelessness documentary 'inconclusive'

The post-mortem of a young filmmaker who died while making a documentary on homelessness has come back inconclusive, an inquest heard today.

Callum McManaman

Newcastle unlikely to sue Wigan striker Callum McManaman for 'horror tackle'

The Wigan player will not be punished for challenge on Massadio Haidara

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote arrested in fraud swoop

The Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has had his car seized by police after he was arrested on suspicion of fraud.

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But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
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The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable