Newcastle roads reopen after thunderstorm forces closure

Heavy rain and thunderstorms caused traffic disruption for a second day in Newcastle.

Newcastle council worker charged with voyeurism and child pornography offences after allegedly hiding cameras in public places

A council worker has been charged with voyeurism and making indecent images of children in offences alleged to involve hiding cameras in public places.

Man injured in suspected Newcastle gas blast

A 65-year-old man was injured after a suspected gas explosion which blew the roof off his bungalow.

Six hurt as gas blast destroys Gateshead home

A suspected gas explosion injured six people, including three police officers.

Suspected gas explosion injures six in Gateshead

A suspected gas explosion injured six people, including three police officers.

A view of what was formerly known as St James' Park

Man charged after painting 'St James' at Newcastle United's stadium

A 29-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage at Newcastle United's stadium after its old name was painted on a wall.

Sammy Ameobi could face a lengthy spell out

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Two teenage friends who racially abused Newcastle United footballer Sammy Ameobi on Twitter have been given final warnings by police, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Shola Ameobi

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi 'targeted by race hate'

Police are investigating reports that Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has been targeted by racists in an internet hate campaign.

Newcastle United footballer 'targeted by race hate'

Police are investigating reports that Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi has been targeted by racists in an internet hate campaign.

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Bendtner is on a season long loan deal from Arsenal

Sunderland players Lee Cattermole and Nicklas Bendtner held over damaged cars

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A 72-year-old man is in custody after being shot with a Taser by police following a stand-off.

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