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North East’s Students Boycotting Nightclubs in Fight Back Against Spiking



Students in Newcastle and Durham have organised the boycotts on Tuesday and Thursday respectively.


Students in Newcastle and Durham have spoken of their concerns following reports of the increase in number of spiking incidents across the country. Various social media posts have raised awareness in regards to the worrying rise of spiking incidents that are occurring on a night out. Further concern is being raised over the reports of spiking by injection.


Thousands of students are expected to take part in the boycotts: Durham on Tuesday, 26th October and Newcastle on Thursday, 28th October. The boycott action, called ‘Girls Night In Newcastle,’ is encouraging drinkers to stay home instead of visiting the city’s nightspots. Many young women have enjoyed the idea of going to University to return to normality following a year of lockdowns and social distancing.


However, many young women haven’t had this chance to enjoy their experience due to the risk of being spiked. Primrose Sparkes, who helped launch the boycott in Durham, said that previously the main factor she considered before going out was whether she had an early morning class.


“Now it’s: do I feel safe?” she said. “There’s an element of fear that wasn’t there before,” she added.


In response to reports in Newcastle, three Newcastle venues, The Market Shaker, The Dog and Parrot and Pumphreys Newcastle, have increased security measures in an effort to protect drinkers.


Market-Shaker Newcastle Statement.

Market-Shaker Newcastle Statement.


The owners have not had any confirmed cases of spiking related incidents however they are being proactive regarding the safety and well-being of their customers.


Alternatively, Jimmy Allen’s, situated on Elvet Bridge, Durham, was one of the first venues to announce the measures it was taking to increase security in the club. The club also said it is also allowing customers to bring their own capped cup and is currently looking to purchase lids to fit all of its glasses.

David Bullock, who is the co-manager said: “We needed to do something because people need to feel safe when they come out – it’s not right.”

However, the ‘Girls Night In Newcastle’ Instagram page is taking action as they say nightclubs aren’t doing enough to offer protection. In a post, they said:

“Never before have we heard of so many students waking up with no memory of what had happened the night before.

This is not getting ‘blacked-out drunk,’ this is getting drugged and is something that can be changed.

This is not a stay-at-home message.

This is asking our students to protest against the clubs and bars.

They are not responding to our complaints so we must make them.

We are asking clubs and bars to increase their entry security.

We are asking clubs and bars to provide free drink protection devices.”


Dog and Parrot Newcastle introduces ‘Spikeys to be inserted o the tops of bottles to prevent spiking

Dog and Parrot Newcastle introduces ‘Spikeys to be inserted o the tops of bottles to prevent spiking


The group said that while it is called ‘Girl’s Night In’ it wants to see men and women support their campaign.


The incidents have been acknowledged by Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham Universities.

Newcastle University commented: “We’re aware of an increase in reports of spiking and want to reassure students we’re working closely with the police and other colleagues in the city to keep you safe.”

They also added a link for students to report the crimes.

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Fenwicks Announce Ticketed Christmas Programme



Tickets are to go on sale this morning for the hugely popular Santa on the Roof events which are a highlight of the festive season at Fenwick in Newcastle.

The city centre store announced the return of the children’s treat as part of its Christmas programme which, besides the grand unveiling of its annual window display, will include the popular Santa’s Cinema, breakfast and supper clubs with the big man and – new for this year – an afternoon tea event.

Santa on the Roof is an immersive experience which sees elves accompany ticket-holders on a Santa’s Express Elevator ride to the store’s rooftop to meet singing reindeer before they take an ‘elf-mobile’ to meet Santa in his cabin. It will be back this year from November 7 up until Christmas Eve, December 24 and this will go on sale first.

Tickets, costing £17.50, will be available from Thursday, September 29. And families will need to be quick off the mark as they are always quickly snapped up.

Sales of Fenwick’s other seasonal experiences, running November and December, will follow in October. These will include tickets for Santa’s Breakfast Club, Santa’s Supper Club, Santa’s Cinema and the new event, Afternoon Tea with Santa.

This year, Fenwick’s says that all restaurant experiences do not include a visit to Santa on the Roof as part of the experience so this must be purchased separately. And, due to the acticipated high demand, Fenwick ticket provider Ticketsource will be providing a virtual queue to help manage bookings. The advice for keen customers – from the moment they join the queue – is to avoid loading multiple tabs or refreshing their browser.

The Santa on the Roof experience will also offer youngsters a chance to enjoy craft activities with the elves, including decorating a bespoke ceramic plate to take home, and there will a stop-off too at Café Claus for winter-warming drinks and sweet treats along with an opportunity to take an ‘Elfie’ inside Santa’s sleigh, says the store.

Santa’s Cinema, screening festive family films, will be located on the fifth floor of the department store from Thursday, November 10 and will cost £17.50. Adults will be able to choose between a complimentary mulled wine or spiced apple juice and young ones can enjoy hot chocolate or juice plus plenty popcorn.

There also will be a Roof Thirty-Nine Pre-Cinema Experience available for £35 where, before the film screening, guests will be able to take in the view from Fenwick’s roof-top restaurant alongside a cocktail, nibbles and a main course.

This year the festive breakfast and supper club events will take place inside Fenwick’s new Arthur’s Restaurant on the first floor. Santa’s Breakfast Club will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from Friday, November 9 until Friday, December 23, offering waffles, eggs and sausages. Young guests will receive elf hats and colouring books before meeting the mischievous elves and Santa for a picture and Christmas gift. Tickets will be £20.

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Sam Fender: How Much Are Tickets?



Sam Fender has delighted fans by announcing a huge stadium show at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park. The North Shields singer will play at the home of Newcastle United on June 9, 2023 and fans can sign up for pre sale tickets now.

The 28-year-old singer will follow in the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, for his performance and becomes the first Geordie musician to headline the iconic stadium.

It’s been a huge 2022 so far for the ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ singer, picking up BRIT, NME, and Ivor Novello Awards, and a first nomination for the prestigious Mercury Prize next week, for his second album, the critically acclaimed number one album, ‘Seventeen Going Under’.

Tickets for the huge stadium show go on general sale at 10am on Friday, September 9 via Ticketmaster and See Tickets. Pre-sale goes live at 10am on Wednesday, September 7.

But how much are tickets? Pitch standing tickets are £57.50 (plus fees) and seating tickets start from £47.50 (plus fees).

Speaking of the show, Sam Fender said: “Ever since I started this band, I always used to joke with the boys that one day we might play St James’ Park in Newcastle.

“It’s a childhood dream come true, and we’re actually gonna play it on the 9th June. This is literally gonna be the biggest show we’ve ever done – our first stadium show, which is so weird to say! I can’t wait, it’s gonna be absolutely lush and I hope to see yas all there.”

Support for the show will come from Inhaler and Holly Humberstone.

Will you be trying to bag tickets? Do you think they are a reasonable price?

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Top Gun star Tom Cruise spotted at Teesside Airport



An A-list actor has been seen stepping off a jet at a North East airport.

Top Gun star Tom Cruise was seen just before 11:30am on Tuesday 6 September at Teesside airport.

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, said: “Another day, another Hollywood superstar flies into Teesside Airport.”An eagle eyed Teessider caught Tom Cruise flying into the airport before he boarded a helicopter.”

He added: “Apparently he was piloting the helicopter when he got on, not sure about the plane though.”

The Hollywood actor had previously been spotted in the region filming the newest instalment of the Mission Impossible series in the village of Levisham, near Pickering, North Yorkshire.

According to a source, Cruise was “very friendly” and had waved and smiled at onlookers as he made his way across the tarmac. After a few friendly exchanges from afar, the star was whisked away in a car before boarding a helicopter bound for an undisclosed destination.

It is thought that Mr Cruise arrived to and from the Mission Impossible set in this helicopter.

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