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MORE than 100 people joined Ukrainian refugees for an anti-war rally in Newcastle at the weekend, to mark the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in which 10,582 civilians have been killed. The crowd gathered at Grey’s Monument in the city centre on Sunday (Feb 25), with Ukrainians draped in their national flags, […]

A new era began at Blyth Spartans yesterday as Irfan Liaquat’s takeover of the club was announced, but who is the new owner?  The takeover comes following a tricky few years at Blyth, the Spartans currently sit 15th in the National League North, having narrowly avoided relegation in the last two seasons with consecutive 19th […]

Police have launched a fresh appeal in the search for a Newcastle man who went missing in South Shields over a month ago.  There have been no sightings of Ray Johnson since the 48-year-old was reported missing on January 20. He was last seen on CCTV in the Temple Park Road area of South Shields […]

The British music industry contributed £6.7 billion to the UK economy in 2022. Yet, according to the Music Venue Trust, 66 venues have closed in the last 12 months. But why and what can be done? The origins of this crisis are due to rent increases with 125 UK venues abandoning live music in the […]

  At Northumbria University, students and staff gathered for a candle-lit vigil organised by the Friends of Palestinian Society, demanding a lasting ceasefire in Gaza. Over 28,000 Palestinians have been killed since the war broke out.  Similar vigils spanned across multiple cities globally for consecutive months, highlighting a unified plea for an end to the […]

International student enrollments saw a drop from last year, despite having 115,730 applicants from countries outside the UK this past academic year. A big deterrent for these students, who according to the government bring in massive economic support, are the ever-increasing tuition costs. Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Sunderland, […]

Northumbria Police are investigating an area of Roker Beach in Sunderland after “suspected human remains” have been found. The police were seen having a major search of the area on Tuesday, February 13, and it has been reported that searches have continued. A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Shortly after 10am on Tuesday, we received a […]

As The Angel of The North celebrated its birthday on Thursday, locals, including an Olympic torch bearer, shared their memories of the landmark.   The Angel turned 26 years old today and located on the side of the A1 motorway, it stands 65ft (20m) tall dominating Gateshead’s skyline.  Sir Antony Gormley was the designer behind the […]


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