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Live News: November 22, 2012
10:33am Thursday 22nd November 2012 in News
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Unpleasant driving conditions for northeast motorists tonight. Beware of standing water on roads. Reduce speed. Thank you. #drivesafe— @DurhamRPU 22 November 2012
The Football Association have decided Consett referee Mark Clattenburg will not face disciplinary action over a complaint of an alleged racist comment directed towards Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, Press Association Sport is reporting.
An ex-Newcastle footballer accused of sparking a brawl outside a nightclub has told a court he had nothing to do with violence that night.
Kazenga Lua Lua, now playing for Brighton and Hove Albion, also said he was not an arrogant man and did not do anything wrong.
On Downing front, TM admitted interest. What he said will be in Friday's Echo. Downing due to face Young Boys tonight #LFC #BORO— @paulfraserecho 22 November 2012
Mowbray has a couple of calls in to managers for defenders but not expecting anything to happen before loan window shuts. 70mins left. #Boro— @paulfraserecho 22 November 2012
Just had enjoyable chat with Newcastle #Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards - impressive bloke with hugely ambitious plans for club.— @Scottwilsonecho 22 November 2012
A new blog has now been added to the Northern Echo website from Darlington's Neighbourhood Police Team Inspector, Mick Button.
High winds are starting to hit the region. Keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news here
WEATHER WARNING: The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the North-East this afternoon.
They say: "A spell of very wet and very windy weather is expected to move west to east across many parts of the UK during Thursday.
"Coming so soon after the heavy rain which fell in places earlier in the week this is likely to provoke further issues with flooding.
"Additionally, winds will gust to 50 to 60 mph in places, and could exceed 70 mph in some exposed western areas.
"In view of the wind and rain combination, the public should be prepared for some transport disruption."
HIGH WINDS: Darlington Borough Coucil has warned people there might be delays or disruption due to high winds at the town's household waste recycling centre today.
Further details are available from the HWRC on 01325-354867.
The council has apologised for any inconvenience.
POWER CUT: A power cut is affecting businesses and properties at the southern end of Northallerton High Street. Between 50 and 100 properties are thought to be involved.
LEVESON INQUIRY: The report from the first part of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards is to be released next Thursday.
David Cameron set up the inquiry in July last year in response to revelations that the News of the World commissioned a private detective to hack murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowlers phone after she disappeared in 2002.
The first part, which started in September last year, looked at the culture, practices and ethics of the press in general and its final report will be published on November 29, the inquiry announced today.
SPURS STABBING: Five English football fans have been injured after being attacked by knife-wielding Ultras in Italy.
Up to 50 fans of the Rome club Lazio targeted a group of Tottenham Hotspur fans ahead of a Europa League match between the two clubs tonight in the Italian capital.
Confirmation that morally bankrupt @westaucklandfc will charge £2 on Sat, a fortnight after £10 v #Darlo. But will they need more stewards!?— @CStoddartEcho 22 November 2012
Clearly it's a moved aimed at compensating West supporters who suffered a 100% price hike, but what about #Darlo fans who were ripped off?— @CStoddartEcho 22 November 2012
Admission prices slashed to just £2 adults and £1 concessions for Saturday's home game against South Shields. Price is available to all.— @westaucklandfc 22 November 2012
Since everyone's talking about Zenden this morning, take a bit of time to watch this cracker http://t.co/uORosBfa Zenden>Bale— @MasonEcho 22 November 2012
Considering how England were constantly threatened with expulsion from tournaments during 80s and 90s, how do Italian fans get away with it?— @MasonEcho 22 November 2012
How long will Italian clubs be allowed to get away with such incidents occurring before their games? Same thing time and time again sadly.— @Scottwilsonecho 22 November 2012
Up at Hartlepool's training ground in Durham for John Hughes press conference - #echosport— @loughlinecho 22 November 2012
Pardew calls for end to the convoluted group stage and a return to straight knockout. #NUFC will have to negotiate 17 matches to win Europa— @Scottwilsonecho 22 November 2012