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Storms wreak havoc across the UK



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The UK are currently dealing with power cuts, travel disruptions and major damages from Storm Dudley as it is also hit by Storm Eunice.

Thousands are without power in the South of England and Wales after Storm Dudley’s gale force winds.

As companies race to restore networks, Storm Eunice has moved in causing further outages.

The Met Office warned of a danger to life, issuing rare Red Weather Warnings in Wales and the south because of the powerful winds.

The M4 Prince of Wales Bridge has been forced to close, as well as the M48 Severn Bridge, something which is thought to of never happened before.

Wales is over the the worst of it and has been downgraded to an amber weather warning after being battered by winds that reached up to 122mph.

The gust of wind, which set a new record, was recorded in the Isle of Wight.

The south and southeast are still suffering from the hazardous weather, with the life-threatening conditions expected to continue until 3pm Friday.

The London O2 arena has already been shredded by Storm Eunice as winds tore panels from the famous dome.

Witnesses watched in horror as the roof was ripped apart, revealing a gaping hole in the southern side of the roof.

The public are advised to remain indoors due to the risk of falling trees and flying debris, with numerous schools being closed to keep children safer.

Flights have been grounded, trains cancelled and ferry services stopped. Any non-essential travel has been strongly discouraged.

Thousands of people have flocked to a live stream of pilots trying to land planes at Heathrow airport.

The last time the UK faced a red warning was in November 2021 when Storm Arwen hit, but before that the UK hadn’t seen this type of weather since the “Beast from the East” in 2018.

BBC Weather said Storm Eunice “could well be one of the worst storms in three decades.”


Sunderland suspend Jack Diamond after player is charged with rape and sexual assault



A Sunderland football player on loan to Lincoln FC has had his loan terminated after he was charged with rape.

Jack Diamond, 23, had been arrested after a sexual assault in Washington, Tyne and Wear, last year.

Northumbria Police launched an investigation, but have now charged him with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Lincoln City FC said the player’s loan contract had been terminated “with immediate effect”.

His home club, Sunderland AFC, said he had been suspended pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

In a statement, it said: “Sunderland AFC has been notified that criminal charges have been brought against Jack Diamond by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

“As this matter is subject to a legal process, the club will not be making any further statement at this time”.

The incident is alleged to have happened in May last year.

Mr Diamond, of Fatfield, also Washington, is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in May.

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Paul O’Grady Dies Aged 67, Just Weeks After Newcastle Theatre Performance



TV presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady has died at the age of 67,  just weeks after starring in a Newcastle theatre production.

The TV star, who was from Birkenhead on Merseyside, died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday evening, a statement said.

His partner Andre Portasio made this statement: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.”

“We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.

“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.

“I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”

The TV star, starred in a theatre prodution of Annie just weeks ago in Newcastle as it returned to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal from March 7-11.

O’Grady starred as the role of Miss Hannigan, the head of the orphanage who hates children. He had been due to perform the show across the UK up until November this year.

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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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