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Monkseaton Man Avoids Jail After Biting Metro Worker



A drunken yob who sank his teeth into a Metro worker and assaulted two others has been spared jail.

Disgraceful John Moon turned aggressive onboard a train and on a platform when he was asked to produce a ticket.

A court heard that the 32-year-old was spitting and had to be detained by three Nexus employees while the police were called but refused to calm down. Instead, he bit one worker and shoved the other two during a shocking outburst of violence. Moon, was arrested and pleaded guilty to three counts of assault by beating and a public order offence.

Magistrates in North Tyneside were told that the victim of the bite was left with a puncture wound to his hand.

Rebecca Gibson, prosecuting, said that one of the victims approached Moon at around 6.15pm on February 14 and asked to see his ticket. He immediately became verbally aggressive, tried repeatedly to grab her body-worn camera and told her to “get the f**k away from me”.

Mrs Gibson continued: “[The victim] explained to him that she had activated her body-worn camera. The defendant tried to grab it again.

“Her colleague then came from behind and asked the defendant to sit down. He screamed “get the f**k away from me”. He then picked up a can, which was open, and threw the contents of it over the carriage.

“The colleague radioed for assistance and another staff member appeared. He pushed the defendant up against he carriage doors.”

The court heard that the three workers detained Moon while the train pulled into West Monkseaton Metro Station but he continued to be abusive and tried to break free on the platform.

Mrs Gibson added: “The defendant then assaulted one of the staff members by biting him. The victim described that he bit his left hand and broke the skin.

“The defendant was also spitting. He doesn’t spit at the victims but is spitting in general.

“The other two employees were pushed by the defendant.”

The police were called and Moon was arrested but claimed he had little recollection of events. In a statement, one victim said: “I strongly believe that, had we not managed to detain John Moon, me or my colleagues could have ended up on the tracks.”

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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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Peter Kay halts Newcastle show and ‘rushes off stage to help as fans fall ill’



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Peter Kay’s Newcastle show was thrown into chaos when three audience members fell ill.

According to the Sun the Phoenix Nights star halted his latest show and rushed to assist when he spotted a fan on the front row had become unwell and needed assistance.

Minutes later, a member of the audience was escorted out of the venue in a wheelchair.

An onlooker told the Sun: People near the front started shouting for an ambulance.

‘Peter asked if they were being serious, then he asked for the big lights to go on and stewards ran over to see what was going on.

‘He then went off stage for around 10/15 mins and one person was seen getting wheel-chaired out.’

After the situation was under control he got on with his show, but two more audience members then reportedly become unwell.

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International Women’s Day – The North East’s Most Influential Women – North East Updates



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On this International Women’s Day, March 8, we highlight the extraordinary contributions made by women in the North East throughout history and the present. For hundreds of years, the women of the North East have shaped our world, and without them, things wouldn’t be the same.


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