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

Pair warned over Sammy Ameobi race tweets

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.

Pedestrian dies after police crash

A pedestrian has died after being struck by a police vehicle.

Bendtner is on a season long loan deal from Arsenal

Sunderland players Lee Cattermole and Nicklas Bendtner held over damaged cars

Martin O'Neill was today facing a decision over Lee Cattermole and Nicklas Bendtner after it emerged that the pair had been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

Police use Taser on pensioner

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

Coroner clashes with man cleared of three murders

Arran Coghlan's account of heavily armed boxer's death is described as 'difficult' to believe
Milly Dowler's phone was hacked during the search for her body

Milly Dowler detectives may have had phones hacked, inquiry told

Lawyers tell Leveson hearing that Surrey Police were 'likely' to have been victims back in 2002

Kazakhstan is a land of few freedoms – as I discovered

The news that Tony Blair was advising Kazakhstan on economic reform and how to improve its international image broke as a colleague and I from Human Rights Watch were researching violations of workers' rights in the western part of this oil-rich country. Throughout our trip we were under constant heavy surveillance by the authorities and at times subjected to outright intimidation.

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