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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 al
  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
  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 he
  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 v
  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 sent
  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 all
  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
  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
  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 ne
  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
  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 s
  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
  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 th
  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 p
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