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Metrocentre Shoppers Were Shocked As Knife Fight Broke Out



Shoppers were left shocked when a fight broke out in the Metrocentre over a knifeman’s girlfriend being insulted.

Harry Hamblett had gone to the shopping centre on a Saturday afternoon armed with a hunting knife when trouble flared. A court heard three men ended up fighting in front of shocked families just before 3pm on May 29 last year.

When police turned up, Hamblett tried to flee but was apprehended and found to be carrying the knife, which had an eight inch blade. Although he didn’t use it in the fight, Judge Tim Gittins, at Newcastle Crown Court, told him: “It doesn’t matter who started it, you seem to have thought it was an appropriate chivalrous response to an insult aimed at your girlfriend that you should challenge those responsible.

“Violence is not the answer. As we have seen on the public stage more recently, it doesn’t help matters and it certainly didn’t help your girlfriend. It was made much worse by the fact you were carrying a knife at the time. It was an unpleasant hunting knife, eight inches long.”

The judge said he accepted Hamblin, 21, had mental health issues and had been attacked previously in a separate incident. But he told him: “The irony is, carrying a knife doesn’t make you any safer, in fact it makes you less safe. It is, regrettably, an all too common feature of young men’s lives and it seems to have become a routine behaviour as a show of bravado that they feel the need to carry knives.

“The result, all too often, is someone is killed or seriously injured. You and others need to appreciate how seriously the courts view the carrying of knives these days.”

Judge Gittins added: “You were carrying it in a public space where there were vulnerable people present, families and children. Because you got yourself into that altercation, whether you intended to use that knife or not, anything could have happened. Fortunately it did not but it could have fallen out of your pocket and been used by someone else or you, becoming overwhelmed, could have decided to use it.”

The court heard the fight came to light on CCTV at the Metrocentre and a female security guard witnessed part of it. Police were called and prevented Hamblett’s attempts to avoid them and he was restrained and taken to the floor. It was at that point they noticed he had the knife. When interviewed, he said he got involved in the fight after one of the other men called his girlfriend a “s**g”.

Hamblett, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to having a bladed article in a public place. He was sentenced to eight months suspended for 12 months with £300 costs.

Glenn Gatland, defending, said Hamblett was in the army for a time. He added: “He has expressed remorse, he is very sorry about it and accepts full responsibility.” Mr Gatland said two weeks before this, he was attacked and it left him “extremely fearful”.


Karen’s Diner on Tour is BACK IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE!!



Karens Diner on Tour Newcastle upon Tyne

Karen’s Diner on Tour coming to town on tour and ‘well if y’all show up in force we’ll either come as a longer term pop up or simply just stay put for a while until we’ve insulted everyone in the North East!’


Get your tickets here: Karens Diner Newcastle tickets


We have spoken to the top Karen who assures everyone who went last time that Bottomless means BOTTOMLESS!

At our pop-up Karen’s you will be greeted and waited upon by rude waiters who in return are expecting you to give it full Karen. A place where you can complain until the cows come home because we literally don’t care. You can expect good food, good fun and a dining experience like you’ve never had before. Let us know if it’s your birthday, if your name is Karen and for the love of Karen don’t ask to speak to the manager….

Your ticket includes a delicious BOTTOMLESS pizza and BOTTOMLESS prossecco or select spirits and mixers as well as select soft drinks drinks for a full 90mins

*We cater for all allergens

You will get full and authentic Karen experience – our games, our waitstaff and the full works. Decent food provided by the venue (we hope) and BOTTOMLESS booze for those who love a drink. This is a dining experience like no other – literally. Come enjoy the OG Karen’s from OG Karen’s.

Don’t accept imitations – book now to avoid missing out!

See our two below YouTube videos from the last time they were in the toon to see what to expect…

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Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV



It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.

It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.

From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.

ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.

ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.

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Jason Miller’s Story with Stage 4 Cancer – How positivity is key in every cancer journey



Jason Miller’s story on staying positive 

Although thinking and acting positively might help you cope with cancer, it’s normal and sometimes unavoidable to feel angry and scared.

Positive thinking is frequently urged on those battling with cancer. But, it is not always simple. It might be terrifying to deal with cancer and its treatment. All effected can experience low moods and worry about the future especially how your loved ones will cope.

Being upset and scared can be a sign of courage and can show that you are ready to face an uncertain future. Nonetheless, there are occasions when it can be beneficial to make an effort to replace negative thoughts with more uplifting ones.

We sat down with Jason Miller who takes us through his journey after discovering he had an aggressive stage 4 tumor. We learn how not only the diagnosis was a sign for him to put affairs in order for his family but also how he ended up surviving through his positive outlook!


Are you or anyone else effected by the content raised in this video?

The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones.

Call free on 0808 239 06 25


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