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Live News: November 23, 2012
10:30am Friday 23rd November 2012 in News
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Let's play Arry transfer bingo ahead of 1st QPR presser: Defoe 2-1, little Joey Cole 9-4, Becks 3-1, Frankie (Lampard) 4-1, all of above 9-1— @Scottwilsonecho 23 November 2012
Cyclists please use lights and hi-vis clothing to ensure you can be seen #roadsafetyweek http://t.co/TjPnDEBZ— @NYorksPolice 21 November 2012
Caught on camera. Can you help us identify these Whitby fraud suspects? http://t.co/6i5DKq11— @NYorksPolice 23 November 2012
Congrats to Boro swimmer @aimee_willmott who's claimed first senior medal of her career with 800m freestyle bronze at European Short Courses— @Scottwilsonecho 23 November 2012
Blow to #Boro. Friend, Woodgate and Haroun unlikely to play in next week or more. Mowbray has a decent squad now to cope though.— @paulfraserecho 23 November 2012
Off-duty officer arrests imitation gun threat man in #Scarborough http://t.co/UgX2VMYt— @NYorksPolice 23 November 2012
FRAUD PROBE: Police have arrested five people as part of an ongoing investigation into suspected fraudulent insurance claims in Sunderland. Officers raided an accident management company in the city on Wednesday.
Three men and two women arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation have all been bailed pending further enquiries.
NUFC: Nile Ranger returns to the Newcastle squad this weekend for Sunday's trip to Southampton.
The controversial striker scored in midweek for the reserves at Sunderland and a growing injury list has forced Alan Pardew's hand.
XMAS FEST: Durham Christmas festival returns next weekend, with more than 200 retailers and thousands of shoppers expected. Events across the city.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Darlington town centre today.
Pease Place has been cordoned off while workmen erect a huge Christmas tree.
Later this afternoon from 3.15pm, TFM Radio presenter Tim Lichfield will visit Market Place with Darlington College students who will be singing festive tunes to get us in the mood.
Santa is also expected to make an appearance.
Collision on A66 Westbound, #Middlesbrough http://t.co/ne2k5RDc #police— @ClevelandPolice 23 November 2012
DURHAM police dogs and handlers are at the official opening of the new Pets at Home store, at Bishop Auckland Shopping Park, County Durham, until mid-afternoon today.
The store is helping the force set up a benevolence fund for retired canine crime-fighters.
So Mark Hughes departs QPR, Harry Redknapp set to step in and watch tomorrow's game from the stands.
Then all eyes nationally will be on the Stadium of Light on Tuesday, when Redknapp is expected to take charge of his first QPR game - at Sunderland!
By that time Sunderland could have won two games in a row if they defeat West Brom tomorrow, which would make for a pretty interesting and intriguing night's football.
#NUFC's Demba Ba has made shortlist of the Africa Player of Year award. No Papiss Cisse. It is Drogba, Yaya Toure, Andre Ayew and Alex Song.— @paulfraserecho 23 November 2012
Queens Park Rangers Football Club has today (Friday) terminated the contract of manager Mark Hughes with immediate effect. #QPR— @OfficialQPR 23 November 2012
An English football fan remained in hospital today recovering from a stabbing at the hands of Italian thugs who are believed to have launched an anti-semitic attack.
Ashley Mills, 25, was in Rome to watch Tottenham Hotspur play Lazio - who have a renowned fascist following - when he and 10 other Spurs fans were ambushed by up to 50 hooligans.
Middlesbrough fans were attacked in the same pub six years ago. Read their reaction here.
Mowbray: Half Premier League would want Downing #Boro #EFC #SAFC #LFC http://t.co/NPTmRizR …— @paulfraserecho 23 November 2012
Interesting O'Neill stuff on Sessegnon from @stephclarkecho. Could Sess be as important as Cazorla or Mata for #SAFC http://t.co/AVh61TYC— @paulfraserecho 23 November 2012
TEESSIDE JOBS LOSS: Steel giant Tata is cutting 900 jobs, including 30 on Teesside, and closing 12 sites under plans to improve competitiveness, the firm announced today.