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Dead Humpback whale floating off Whitley Bay coast

BBC Newcastle

A dead whale has been spotted floating off the coast near Whitley Bay.

Martin Kitching, North East regional officer at MARINElife, told the BBC he was sent a video of a humpback whale "in great distress" a couple of days before the animal was found dead.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue has not yet established if it is the same animal.

Humpback whale sightings in the North Sea are fairly rare.

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Football gossip: Carroll to return against Brighton?

BBC Sport

Newcastle United's 30-year-old striker Andy Carroll, who has not played for the club since returning to St James' Park in the summer because of an ankle injury, could be on the bench against Brighton on Saturday. (Mail)

Steve Bruce and Andy Carroll
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Mayor writes to Nexus over Metro trains decision

Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen has written to Nexus asking to clarify why the next generation of Metro trains are currently not going to be built in the North East.

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