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Newcastle United do not want their team to go on the slide, but their fans could soon be doing just that.

Plans to install a number of slides outside the club’s St James’ Park ground as part of a major redevelopment have been unveiled. Business improvement company NE1 hopes the project will “inject some fun” into the city.

If planning permission is granted the slides could be in operation by next year. NE1 said it has worked with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the police to ensure the plans meet safety regulations.


A £5 supermarket Easter egg has beaten luxury rivals costing up to £70 in an annual taste test.

The Chokablok American Dreamcake egg sold at Tesco scored 84/100 to take the title of Good Housekeeping Easter Egg of the Year, impressing the judging panel with its “varying textures, enticing design and value for money”.

Among its competitors were the £70 Hotel Chocolat Half and Half Ostrich Easter Egg which scored 80/100 and the Harrods Chocolate Brownie and Raspberry Egg, which costs £24.95 and scored 70/100. Tasters sampled 193 chocolate eggs to decide the winners of four categories: eggs for children, eggs for grown-ups, eggs for sharing and the overall winner.


A royal tribute from Kate Moss and a politically-minded Dalek will fight it out for the title of the greatest magazine cover of the last 100 years.

The first ever UK edition of Cosmopolitan from 1972 and Dennis the Menace on the front of The Beano are also among the contenders that will be put to a public vote.

Kate Moss’s Vogue cover from 2001, complete with a crown and sceptre, was billed as a royal salute ahead of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, while the 2005 Radio Times urged readers to Vote Dalek before the 2005 general election. The 10 images were chosen by a panel of industry experts to celebrate this year’s centenary of the Professional Publishers Association (PPA).


South African food is clear of horsemeat contamination, but it does have water buffalo, donkey and goat meat in mislabelled beef burgers and sausages.

A study published by three professors at Stellenbosch University found that 99 of 139 samples contained species not declared in the product label, with the highest incidence in sausages, burgers and deli meats.

The study found soya and gluten were not labelled in 28% of products tested, undeclared pork in 37% and chicken in 23%.


Around 150 farms in Germany are being investigated over false claims about the quality of their eggs.

Prosecutors in Oldenburg suspect the eggs were labelled as organic or free-range when in fact they did not meet strict requirements.

The country’s consumer protection ministry said that if suspicions are confirmed it would constitute “large-scale fraud”.


A US father whose nine-year-old son appears in sexually suggestive rap videos posted online could face child abuse and neglect charges.

The videos show the boy slapping a woman’s buttocks, engaging in sexually suggestive dances and glorifying drug use and materialism.

Police are also informing Massachusetts child welfare officials about the videos that feature Luie Rivera Jr, who goes by the stage name Lil Poopy.