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Tyne & Wear Metro to Crack Down On Anti-Social Behaviour With Launch of Operation Hermes



Author: Jonny Maddison

Plain-clothed officers are to work with partners as the initiative has been launched to tackle troublemakers using the services in an attempt to reassure commuters. Northumbria Police, Nexus and local councils have joined together in an attempt to tackle the volume of anti-social behaviour taking place on the Tyne and Wear Metro network.

The initiative has been launched as concerns from users of the service have grown wary of the disruptive anti-social behaviour taking place, including young people meeting in groups and hanging around stations. Northumbria Police has stated that they will use a wide range of tactics across a number of locations, at times when there has been an increase in incidents being reported, and will include increased engagement to steer youths away from using the stations as social hubs.

Martin Kearney, of Nexus, said some Metro workers had reported being verbally abused in recent weeks. He said: “Unfortunately we do have some anti-social behaviour taking place. “We do have vandalism and we have had assaults including spitting, verbal assault and physical abuse; that’s just not acceptable and it has to change.” Northumbria Promise to knuckle down on crime has resulted in them also carrying out ‘targeted search operations’ at the selected stations.

Chief Inspector Ron Charlton, who is leading the operation, said: “In the past month, officers have noticed an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour on the Metro services and at stations. “A considerable proportion of these reports are linked to groups of young people congregating in and around stations or travelling on the system and acting in an unacceptable way. “Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and we will take action against anyone who is intent on causing disruption.”

The operation began on the 27th August. Operation Hermes, named after the Greek God of travel – it is a two-day initiative which will see officers team up with colleagues from Metro operators Nexus, local councils, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and British Transport Police to target troublemakers and help ensure the safety of other commuters. Already in place is a dedicated team from Northumbria Police which works with nexus on the handling of the behaviour on the metro, this operation is to build on top of that.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “We’re in a situation where anti-social behaviour is on the up, so we are quickly ensuring the policing response is on the up too – which I hope will reassure those who use the service and understandably have concerns.” “Alongside our officers, youth workers will be there to talk with those seen to be causing trouble and encourage them to consider other local opportunities and better ways to spend their time.”

Northumbria Police also note that anybody with any concerns should speak to the Police directly.

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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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