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Force pays tribute to the ‘kind and fearless’ Jane Munro



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Police Chief Constable Winton Keenen has paid tribute to officer Jane Munro who is sadly no longer with us.

The Chief Constable said Motor Patrols Sergeant Jane’s “passion and dedication” has left an “amazing and far-reaching legacy.”

Unfortunately Jane died from cancer in August last year. Whilst her passing has devastated her loved ones and colleagues, her kindness and passion will forever remain with them.

Her contribution to road safety earned her a well-deserved Pride in Policing Award, with the audience rising to their feet as they applauded her.

Jane first became part of the team at Northumbria Police back in 1992, taking on various operational roles before achieving her dream of becoming a Motor Patrols officer.

When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019, Jane refused to let that slow her down.

After receiving treatment, she was back with the team determined to continue her exceptional work.

During the Covid pandemic, Jane took on the role of Road Safety Sergeant, which provided an opportunity for her to extend the benefit of her experience across the Northumbria police area.

In so doing, she delivered numerous awareness campaigns, worked with partners, co-ordinated targeted patrols and supported operational activity – all with the aim to make the roads a safer place for everyone.

Sadly, the cancer returned, and she tragically passed away a day after her 50th birthday.

Jane’s legacy was recognised with the presentation of the Roy Toogood Memorial Award for road safety, leading to a standing ovation when her name was announced at the ceremony.

Chief Constable Keenen QPM said: “Jane’s drive and enthusiasm were evident in all that she did. She was truly passionate about policing, and so very proud to be a police officer.

“Over the years, Jane was a role model to many – she was a determined, kind and fearless person, who always had a welcoming smile for everyone.

“Her enthusiasm, strength and commitment were always apparent, and it is a privilege to honour her memory with this award.

“There can be no doubt, thanks to her passion and dedication, Jane has left an amazing and far-reaching legacy.”

Jane was nominated for the award by Superintendent Sam Rennison who spoke of her selfless approach and passion for keeping our roads safe.

She said: “Jane battled adversity and was incredibly resilient and determined – she was an inspiration to me and her fellow colleagues.

“She worked hard and selflessly, supporting colleagues, partners and the public to make the roads a safer place for everyone.

“Those of us who were privileged to have worked with Jane over her career had the pleasure to be around her infectious energy and enthusiasm. We all lost a friend.”

Jane’s husband added: “Jane lived for the job, both on and off duty, she was passionate about any role she undertook and gave it her all.

“She was always willing to help people again both while at work and in her own time.”

Northumbria Police are encouraging anyone inspired by Jane’s story and her passion to help others and support communities to head over to their careers website to see how to join #TeamNP.


Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United



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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..


“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”


Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.


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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living



A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue



The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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