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  1. Get the latest Northumberland news and updates delivered straight to your inbox All they want to do is cradle their newborn baby in their arms. But Bedlington parents Carly Walker and Ryan Murphy have been forced to watch from the sidelines as their daughter fights for her life. Little Ayda Faith Murphy was born prematurely on March 31, weighing just 4lbs, at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. Rushed for her first operation straight after birth and another at just four days old, she's battling terrifying odds after being diagnosed with a series of incredibly rare birth defects. An almost unique variant of gastroschisis, a defect of the abdominal wall, has left her intestines pushing up into her chest - a condition doctors estimate is suffered by no more than 10 babies worldwide. Meanwhile, her heart appears to have flipped over and lies on the wrong side of her chest, while she's receiving oxygen from a machine due to her underdeveloped lungs. Keep up-to-date with all the latest news in the county by visiting our Northumberland Live homepage. You can sign up to our daily Northumberland newsletter here. Facebook: Here's our main Northumberland page. Twitter: You can follow the Northumberland Live page here. Find The Journal's Northumberland editions on the British Newspaper Archive here.
  2. Get the latest Northumberland news and updates delivered straight to your inbox The daughter of a learner motorcyclist who died in a smash during his first lesson is raising money in his memory for the medics who came to his aid. Darren Jobling, 50, was thrown from his bike and crashed into a tree on Front Street West in Bedlington, Northumberland in July, 2019. The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) and North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) attended the scene and found that Mr Jobling had sustained severe chest injuries. He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by a NEAS road crew, accompanied by the critical care team from GNAAS. His daughter Danielle Jobling, 25, said: “GNAAS were there to assist straight away. They placed my dad in a coma and ensured he was comfortable.” Sadly, Mr Jobling, from Stakeford, Northumberland died a few hours later as a result of his injuries.
  3. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A stalker who was warned to leave his victim alone after a terrifying campaign of harassment which included rape threats contacted her online to profess his love. Robert Edington was put on a suspended prison sentence and given a restraining order in October after leaving his ex partner terrified by bombarding her with calls and repeatedly turning up at her workplace and her friend's home. The TV aerial engineer could not accept the end of his two-and-a-half year relationship and tried to use threats to himself and her to force her to change her mind. Last year's hearing heard he made up to 100 unwanted calls to her a day and even followed her into the female toilets of a pub, peering over the cubicle. Now he has been back in court after contacting her online in breach of the restraining order. She had made her Instagram account private in order to prevent him messaging her but when it was changed to a business account, it automatically became public.
  4. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A pervert who searched for "pre-teen hardcore" online was found with two sick images of a child. Police discovered the indecent photos, which involved two girls, one as young as six and the other eight, on Darren Russell's laptop when they searched his Newcastle home. North Tyneside Magistrates' Court heard that the pictures showed the girls with their breasts and genitals exposed and one also had an adult male in the shot. Russell was arrested but admitted in interview he'd been sent a number of vile images of youngsters after viewing and sharing adult porn online but had deleted all but two of them. Now, the 43-year-old, formerly of Newcastle but now living in Hudson Avenue, in Bedlington, is facing a possible prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to two counts of making an indecent photograph of a child. Prosecutor, Iain Jordan, said police searched Russell's then home on Moorside, Great Lime Road, on May 11 last year.
  5. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A banned driver crashed into a wall and sped off from police down alleyways while riding an off-road bike. Motor menace David Morrison, who has an appalling record for bad driving, wasn't wearing a crash helmet when he decided to take the bike around streets in Bedlington, Northumberland. However, the 32-year-old quickly rode off at speed when he realised he'd been spotted by officers and travelled along Rothesay Terrace and Terrier Close and adjoining alleyways. A court heard that Morrison, who has since been given a prison sentence for dangerous driving after he tried to ram police cars, refused to stop, despite crashing into a wall. He did manage to flee the scene but was later arrested at his home address in Stokers Buildings, in Bedlington. Morrison appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court via video link from HMP Durham on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to careless driving, driving with no insurance, riding a bike without a helmet and driving while disqualified.
  6. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A shocked onlooker claims huge groups of mourners gathered for two funeral in Bedlington. Current Covid-19 rules forbid no more than 30 guests attending a funeral. However, one local claimed hundreds came to pay their final respects at a pair of recent send-offs at West Lea Cemetery. "I'm fuming that people think the rules don't apply to them," said the witness, who asked to remain anonymous. "It may seem heartless to complain about people paying respects but I've lost members of my family during this pandemic who were only allowed six mourners. "During lockdown I'm playing by the rules and just going out once a day for a walk and I'm used to having to step aside or cross the road to give other people space, but I don't expect to be seeing something akin to crowds coming out of a football match on a regular basis"
  7. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Northumbria Police have praised the bravery of three abuse victims after the paedophile who preyed on them was brought to justice. Colin William Proctor, 48, has been found guilty of five counts of sexual assault. The victims, who were schoolchildren at the time, bravely came forward about the abuse which took place over a number of years from 2009. Police charged Proctor with five counts of sexual assault – but he denied all of the offences. However, on Wednesday, January 27. a jury at Newcastle Crown Court found him guilty of all five counts. Proctor, of Melrose Avenue, Bedlington has been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at a later date.
  8. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A haul of drugs disguised as sweets has been seized by police. Two men have been arrested following two separate discoveries in Bedlington and North Shields, this weekend. On Saturday, officers from Bedlington Neighbourhood Policing Team executed a warrant at a home on Jubilee Terrace. They found a haul of what police have described as 'psychoactive substances', packaged like sweets, which were seized along with £1,000 in cash. Officers also discovered a cannabis farm in a spare room. Two men, aged 28 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of drug offences. They have since been released under investigation.
  9. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A dad has told how he is still suffering from the effects of Covid nearly a year after contracting the virus. Dean Dobson, a health worker, did not even know he had the virus when he first started feeling unwell in February last year. He was sent home from work after becoming dizzy and struggling to breathe. At that time, he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection. He continued to struggle with dizziness, breathlessness and exhaustion for months and was told by medics the problem could be vertigo, an ear infection or neurological problems. However in October Dean, from Bedlington, Northumberland, took a Covid-19 antibody test and it came back positive. Since then, health professionals have agreed Dean is suffering from long Covid - which is now recognised as the lingering fatigue and illness that plagues sufferers in the aftermath of coronavirus.
  10. The Ashington to Newcastle passenger line is due to reopen in the next few years, our 10 images recall the line as it was in the 1950s
  11. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A caring and much-loved great-great-grandmother has enjoyed birthday greetings from over 3,000 people as she turns 100. Former care assistant Rosie Cochrane entered her second century on January 21 this year. Although lockdown means the celebration, from her assisted living home in Bedlington, wasn't quite what she might have planned before the pandemic, granddaughter Christine Logan was determined to ensure 'Granny Rosie' was showered with love on her special day. Northumberland County Council fostering team manager Christine said: “Growing up I would watch her and my mam care for others, and just knew I wanted to do the same. "She has always put others first and cared for others where she can, be it family, friends or through her work. She is a real inspiration and it is because of her I chose my career path and have also fostered to help others in any way I can. "It has been a really difficult time not being able to see her. She loves to get her nails and hair done, go shopping and travel. But we know we must do all we can to keep her safe and ourselves right now.
  12. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A speeding danger driver who led police on a chase around residential streets has been jailed. Keith Wilson panicked when police tried to stop him because he knew he had no licence or insurance. For 20 minutes he sped around the streets of Bedlington, Northumberland, trying to outrun officers at up to twice the 30mph limit. Police deployed the force helicopter to keep track of him until he finally gave up, dropped the keys out of the window and stopped. Now the 23-year-old, of Hollymount Avenue, Bedlington, has been jailed for six months after admitting dangerous driving, failing to stop and having no insurance or licence. Newcastle Crown Court heard it was just after 7.30pm on Saturday, December 12 that Wilson was spotted by police driving fast in a silver Audi A4.
  13. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A major Northumberland road was closed due to a four-vehicle collision on Wednesday. Police closed the A189 southbound between Bedlington and Ashington while the vehicles involved were recovered. Emergency services were called at around 8am to reports of a multi-vehicle crash. Northumbria Police said no-one is believed to have been seriously injured but paramedics treated three people at the scene. A spokesperson for the force said: "Shortly before 8am today (Wednesday) we received a report of a four-vehicle collision on the A189 southbound near the Bedlington turn-off. “Emergency services are currently at the scene but thankfully nobody is believed to have been seriously injured. The road has been closed and a diversion in place as a clean-up operation continues.
  14. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A man has appeared in court accused of attempted murder after a council worked was allegedly attacked while mending a window. Bradley Fenwick was charged in connection with the incident, which happened in Alnwick on Boxing Day. The 27-year-old came before South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court last week. The case was sent to Newcastle Crown Court, where he will appear on January 25. Mr Fenwick, of Brook Court, in Bedlington, was remanded in custody until his next hearing. Northumbria Police appealed for witnesses after the incident, which happened on Cedar Grove, at around 10pm.
  15. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A man has appeared in court accused of breaking a New Year's Day reveller's jaw during a suspected attack. Lee Sweeney is alleged to have punched the male victim outside a pub in Bedlington, in Northumberland, and left him needing surgery. The 22-year-old was in the dock at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Tuesday to face an allegation of inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent on Steven Smith. Sweeney, of Station Road, in Bedlington, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address and to enter a not guilty plea during the short hearing. The court heard that the alleged assault happened outside a pub in Bedlington on New Year's Day 2020. Mr Smith was left with a cut on his head, which needed gluing, and required surgery to his broken jaw.
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