Live News: November 8, 2012 (James Allen Murder Trial)

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: Thousands of Newcastle United supporters are congregating in Brugge's main city square ahead of this evening's Europa League game between the Magpies and Club Brugge.

With up to 5,000 Newcastle supporters believed to be without a ticket for the game at the Jan Breydel Stadion, the authorities have constructed a giant fan park with outdoor screens and open-air bars.

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The park is likley to be packed by kick-off, which is at 7pm local time, and the atmosphere is currently good natured with English and Belgian fans socialising together.

Newcastle will qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League with two group games to spare if they win tonight's game and Bordeaux claim at least a point from their home game with Maritimo.

Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson, in Brugge.

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Tour de France winner and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins has been released from hospital after receiving treatment for injuries suffered in a collision with a van.

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A man from Bishop Auckland has died after his car collided with a van on the A68 at Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, at about 5.15pm last night.

A black renault clio was heading south in the direction of West Auckland when for unknown reasons it crossed the centre line and went into the opposite carriageway.

It collided with a white Mercedes Sprinter van.

The driver of the car, who is in his 20s but has not yet been named was pronounced dead at the scene.

The van driver, a 55-year-old man from Rotherham, was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital with internal injuries which have been described as 'serious but not life threatening.'

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Darlington reporters are checking out reports of a fire at a chip shop in Cockerton.

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BISHOP OF DURHAM: Bishop Welby today said he was unable to comment on speculation about the appointment.

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Speaking during a break in the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards inquiry, of which he is a committee member, he said: “I am not able to comment, only Lambeth Palace can.”

A police officer at Portcullis House in Westminster, where the inquiry is being heard, congratulated the Bishop on his new post to which he laughed and raised his hands in defence.

The commission was set up to consider and report on professional standards and culture of the UK banking system. It is due to publish its first report next month.

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The Government has announced that Durham Prison will stay in the public sector.

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