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Live News: October 24, 2012
10:20am Wednesday 24th October 2012 in News
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Hartlepool United boss Neale Cooper resigns after his second spell at the club.
Ex #Darlington defender Scott Harrison, 19, has joined Sunderland, signing a contract with #SAFC until the end of the season. #echosport— @CStoddartEcho 24 October 2012
@CStoddartEcho good signing?— @marcallanftm 24 October 2012
@marcallanftm I hope so for him. Looked good enough at Conference level when only 17/18, hopefully he will develop. Liddle rated him highly.— @CStoddartEcho 24 October 2012
They only managed to get me in a few of the cars for a passenger experience! Scariest thing I've ever done! http://t.co/Fh2jyJaP— @StephClarkEcho 24 October 2012
Sports Reporter Steph Clark
My head is so big, they had to get me an XXL helmet. Steph got one made for kids. Bless!— @banks_photo 24 October 2012
Photographer Tom Banks
Riding shotgun in a 600bhp Focus round Croft (in wet conditions) definitely makes a change from driving Hugo Aygo. #exhilarating— @StephClarkEcho 24 October 2012
Back in the office from a fantastic few hours @Croft_Circuit previewing this weekend's British Rallycross finale.— @StephClarkEcho 24 October 2012
Joseph Turner, 61, the man accused of murdering great-grandmother, Pamela Glen, in her Darlington home has made his first appearance before a judge today.
SIR PAUL NURSE: Universities are critical to Britain and must be cherished, valued and properly supported, the Nobel Prize winning scientists says, as he opens Durham University's new £50m Palatine Centre HQ.
Waiting to hear if there's any news on Yorkshire's bid to host the opening stages of the Tour de France in 2014 or 2016.
French organisers giving a presentation in Paris now on next year's race, but could be some news on whether it's coming to this part of the world as well.
DURHAM UNIVERSITY: Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse has opened Durham University's Palatine Centre this morning. The building brings together student services, the careers service, administrative offices etc under one roof for the first time.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Alan Pardew is quoted in today's Northern Echo admitting that Cheik Tiote must improve his dreadful disciplinary record.
Pardew is conducting his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow's Europa League tie with Club Brugge later this afternoon, so expect more discussion about the Magpies' pursuit of a place in the knock-out phase.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Hartlepool boss Neale Cooper is on the brink after last night's defeat at Bury left Pools on the bottom of the League One table.
Developments are expected later today, and it remains to be seen whether Cooper will still be in his position ahead of Saturday's trip to Brentford.
Stick with The Northern Echo website for all the latest breaking news.
Be a shame if the reports Neale Cooper is set to leave #HUFC Do well to compete at that level on the attendances they get compared to rest.— @OscarBrownsword 24 October 2012
Think Neale Cooper will be gone by today - “It will be hard to get out of this position, but THEY have to stick together.’’ Not WE.— @PaulHUFC 24 October 2012
I couldn't give a monkeys about this second spell. Neale Cooper will always be a legend in my eyes. #HUFC— @GilbFromUpNorth 23 October 2012
Speaking to Hitachi Rail Europe about major changes to its senior management team as it gears up to start building a train factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.
Artist's impression of what a Hitachi plant at Amazon Business Park could look like
High street and online retailer Argos will close or relocate at least 75 stores and reduce the catalogue circulation over the next five years as it looks to concentrate on the online side of its operation.
The chain, owned by Home Retail Group, plans to downsize its 739-shop network, shift stores to shorter leases and use them as pick up points as part of the new business plan.
The firm has not earmarked particular shops for closure and has said it will look at stores on a case by case basis as leases come up for renewal.
As well as 28 North-East stores, Argos has a distribution centre in Darlington which employs about 470 people at the Faverdale Industrial Estate, pictured above.
Lauren Pyrah, Deputy Business Editor
Olympic Gold medallist Kat Copeland set to open a new outdoor sporting facility at Hartburn Primary School this afternoon. The golden girl is returning home.
Thanks to the Northern Echo for reminding us all what a celebrating badger looks like. http://t.co/Dgfg6haY— @kevindonald70 24 October 2012
British Transport Police (BTP) is issuing a stark warning of the dangers of using the railway lines as a shortcut, after a man was captured on CCTV running across the tracks between platforms at Durham railway station.
GHANA TRIP: Speaking to Shaun Campbell, of The Arthur Wharton Foundation, shortly, about his forthcoming trip to Ghana, where he will present a statue of the football pioneer to the country's sports authorities.
PIONEER: Arthur Wharton
If you see a white flatbed vehicle in D'ton acting suspiciously, with occupants looking for scrap, please report this to us on 101.— @Darlo_Police 24 October 2012
Action Fraud UK: Beware of email offering a free gift card from Asda http://t.co/8VwKdeeq #ActionFraudUK— @ClevelandPolice 24 October 2012
Update to A690 Brancepeth - road cleared at 0915hrs, one vehicle had collided with another which was parked. No injuries reported.— @DurhamPolice 24 October 2012