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Monday, 22 July, 2002, 18:30 GMT 19:30 UK
Fans brawl after 'friendly' match
Up to 70 football fans got involved in a post-match brawl in Stoke-on-Trent on Sunday.

The fight followed a pre-season friendly between Newcastle Town and Port Vale.

Some eyewitnesses said bottles and smoke devices were thrown during the clash in the car park of the Orange Tree pub.

Staffordshire Police stressed that those involved were fans of Port Vale and Stoke City, and not of Newcastle Town.


Customs seize smuggled partridges

Three live partridges have been confiscated from a passenger at Birmingham International airport.

The birds were discovered in small wooden boxes in the luggage of a traveller from Pakistan.

The passenger told customs officers the birds were intended as pets for his children.

A spokesman for Customs and Excise said: "Anyone attempting to smuggle birds and animals into the UK is playing a very dangerous game."


Steam train hits hidden bar

Vandals are thought to have tried to derail a steam train in Bedfordshire by hiding a metal bar in a crossing.

A 100-year-old locomotive carrying 70 passengers was unscathed when it hit the bar on the narrow gauge track at Leighton Buzzard on Sunday.

The wooden structure of the crossing was badly damaged.

The chairman of the Leighton Buzzard Railway said a group of boys had been seen at the crossing just beforehand.


Paedophile jailed for 12 years

A paedophile whose Nottingham home was burnt down after his arrest has been jailed for 12 years.

Gino Riccardo, 57, pleaded guilty in May to serious sexual offences against girls under the age of 13, and to taking indecent photographs.

Judge Michael Stokes QC said the medical evidence was some of the most disturbing he had ever heard.

He ordered Riccardo's licence on release to be extended for three years, and for Riccardo to remain on the sex offenders' register for life.

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