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Wallsend Mam’s Shock After Being Targeted By Sam Fender Fraudster



A North-East mother was left shaken after being targeted by a conman pretending to be award-winning singer Sam Fender.

The mother was sent disturbing messages on WhatsApp, including demands for cash and sexually explicit posts, from a fraudster purporting to be the North Shields star.

The woman, from Wallsend, said that her daughter, a big fan of Sam, was turning 16 in April. The mother wanted to organise something as a surprise for her daughter, who has been having mental health difficulties, was unable to get tickets for his concert.

The woman contacted someone who was leaving posts on Sam Fender’s Facebook page using the name Dru Michael. The mum thought this was Sam’s drummer, with the same name and asked if something from Sam could be arranged.

The person asked for her number, saying Sam would be in touch and she would be able to communicate with the star privately to arrange a “meet and greet”. The victim then received messages on WhatsApp from someone pretending to be Sam Fender, even using the star’s photo on his profile.

The fraudster demanded £1,500 to come and say happy birthday to her daughter, later dropping the figure to £500. When the demand was refused, the conman sent a raft of unsavoury messages, suggesting they have an affair and asking for pictures of the woman and her daughter. With some of the posts being sexually explicit.

The incident, which took place on February 13, was reported to the police and now the family want to warn others, urging people to be aware of such frauds.

Speaking of the experience, the mother said “It was sickening. I was shaking after reading the messages and my daughter was scared.

“I started getting messages from someone I thought was Sam Fender. I explained the situation and I was told it was going to be £1,500 to say happy birthday to her.

“That rang alarm bells straight away. He started asking for photos of me and my daughter. I asked why and he said it was so they knew who he was going to say happy birthday to. I said you don’t need a photo for that.

“I was then told it would be £500. I refused and didn’t want anything to do with it.

“Then I started getting dirty messages. They were disgusting.

“I reported all this to the police and blocked the number. We were scared and in tears.”

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of fraud should report their concerns to Action Fraud via their website or by calling 0300 123 2040.”

Neither Sam Fender nor his drummer Dru Michael were involved in the events described.


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



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!’

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!

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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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