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  1. Monday 22 May 2017

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David Moyes

David Moyes resigns as manager of relegated Sunderland after one season in the job.

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Moyes caused controversy with 'slap' comments

During his time at the Stadium of Light, Moyes was charged by the Football Association with bringing the game into disrepute.

It related to a comment he made to BBC report Vicki Sparks after the game against Burnley in March.

It came after an interview in which he was asked by Sparks whether the presence of Sunderland's owner Ellis Short in the ground had put extra pressure on him.

He said "no" but, after the interview, said: "It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch yourself.

"You still might get a slap even though you're a woman. Careful the next time you come in."

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Moyes thanks fans for 'passionately supporting' club

David Moyes took charge of the Black Cats in July after Sam Allerdyce left to become England manager.

However, under him Sunderland endured a miserable season - playing 43 games, winning eight, drawing seven and losing 28.

It culminated in relegation, leaving players contemplating a first season outside the top flight for 10 years.

Announcing his resignation, the 54-year-old Scot said: "I would like to thank Ellis Short and the Board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club.

"I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League".

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Chelsea worthy champions - Moyes
Watch David Moyes's final Match of the Day manager after Sunderland's 5-1 defeat away against Chelsea.

Reaction to Moyes resignation

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Senior football reporter at Liberty Stadium for 5 live Sport

Moyes needed Ellis Short's backing.

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Sunderland boss 'leaves without compensation'

David Moyes has resigned as Sunderland manger, the club has confirmed.

It said in a statement that he advised the chairman and chief executive of his decision to leav at a meeting in London this morning.

Chairman Ellis Short said: "Having worked tirelessly throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is testament to his character.

"In the days ahead we will take some time for reflection, and then focus on recruitment and pre-season as we prepare for our Championship campaign. We wish David well in the future."

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Moyes resigns Sunderland post

David Moyes resigns as Sunderland manager, the club says in a tweet.

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Showers dying away overnight

Showers will die away and cloud will thin, allowing some clear spells to develop after midnight. Winds will become light westerly.

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Julio Arca

Midfielder Julio Arca says Sunday's Wembley FA Vase success with South Shields exceeded his expectations.

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Teacher's memorial destroyed in fire

Staff and children at a Newcastle school are said to be devastated after discovering a memorial to a teacher has been burnt down just days away from the second anniversary of his death.

The Roman dwelling at Hadrian's School became associated with the memory of Wadud Abdul after he raised £5,000 to have it built.

Children would use it for lessons, and teachers would go inside to remember him.

The school is based near Hadrian's Wall, and Mr. Abdul wanted to celebrate the local heritage.

The Roman Dwelling

To come in and see this devastation has been totally shocking. We're really upset".

Drug testing to be available at six UK music festivals

Festival goers will be able to test illegal drugs this summer following a number of drug-related deaths in recent years.

Megan Bell, from Seaham died last year at Scotland's T In the Park Festival. The 17-year-old had reportedly taken MDMA - commonly known as ecstasy.

Reading and Leeds Festivals are amongst at least six events that will be introducing a testing tent run by The Loop, an organisation which usually conducts forensic testing of drugs seized by police.

The service will allow people to hand over a sample of their drugs to be tested. They'll be able to find out what is in it before it is destroyed.

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It's really exciting that police are prioritising health and safety over criminal justice at festivals".

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Generation Gap - Who Pays? Audience sought for debate

The joint radio and TV production will be broadcast live from Newcastle later this month.

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Chambers and Negredo no longer on Teesside

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Calum Chambers and Alvaro Negredo have both left Middlesbrough to return to their parent clubs.

Following the end of the seaon, Chambers goes back to Arsenal after 26 appearances for Boro, while Negredo returns to Spanish side Valencia, after scoring 10 goals on Teesside.

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Want to vote in the General Election?

Today is deadline day if you would like to register to vote on June 8.

More than two million people have registered since the announcement of the snap election, however, the Electoral Commission has warned there are about seven million people across Britain who are eligible but have not registered.

Those who are eligible have until 23:59 BST to register online through the official website - for further help, check out this video.

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Injured climber rescued during four-hour operation

Mountain rescue volunteers were called to assist police in the rescue of an injured female climber at Great Wanney Crag.

The woman had fallen onto a ledge yesterday evening, suffering a suspected fractured ankle.

Sixteen members of the Northumberland Mountain Rescue Service helped get her onto a stretcher and transport her over rough terrain to an ambulance.

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Hartlepool debate: Thanks for joining us

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And that is the end of our debate at the Hartlepool College of Further Education with the four candidates hoping to be the next MP for Hartlepool.

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Just to recap, they are Phillip Broughton for UKIP, Andy Hagon from the Liberal Democrats, Mike Hill for Labour and Conservative Carl Jackson.

You can listen to the full debate on the BBC Tees website.

The election will be held on 8 June, eligible voters have until 23:59 today to register to vote if they have not already done so.

The Sage on BBC Radio 3 this afternoon

A BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra concert at the Gateshead venue will be broadcast at 14:25 this afternoon.

Today's programme is the first of five performances presented by Katie Derham and features the Orchestra with soprano Erin Wall.

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Hartlepool debate: 'Cutting rates will help businesses pay wages'

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Conservative Carl Jackson said cutting rates and corporation tax will help businesses meet the new requirement to pay a minimum of £9 an hour by 2020.

He said: "As someone who runs a small business I am very aware of this. I'm pretty content with the plan to pay £9 an hour by 2020, that recognises people's efforts and is affordable to small business. To help, we will bring corporation tax down to 17%. It's also going to be crucial to get the right deal with the EU on free trade."

Liberal Democrat Andy Hagon said: "About 27% of shops have closed in Hartlepool, that sends a clear message that something is wrong.

"We need to make taxes fairer and expand the British business bank. It is a genuine concern. We are firmly behind a lot of the measures the other parties have said."