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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.


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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