Live News: November 23, 2012

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Darlington and Stockton Times:

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Darlington and Stockton Times: FLYING THE FLAG: Aimee Wilmott

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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.

12:41pm

NUFC: Nile Ranger returns to the Newcastle squad this weekend for Sunday's trip to Southampton.

Darlington and Stockton Times:

The controversial striker scored in midweek for the reserves at Sunderland and a growing injury list has forced Alan Pardew's hand.

Paul Fraser

12:04pm

XMAS FEST: Durham Christmas festival returns next weekend, with more than 200 retailers and thousands of shoppers expected. Events across the city.

Visit: www.durhamchristmasfestival.com

12:00pm

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.

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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.

11:47am

Paul Fraser

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.

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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.

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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.

Read the full story here

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