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  1. Labour members in Bedlington are calling on Northumberland County Council to intervene and protect woodland that could be under threat from development.
  2. Cleared of a one-punch attack on an Aussie rugby star, Sam Oliver is back on home soil and declared: “I’m glad it’s all over.” And the relieved 23-year-old was especially happy to get a big hug from his mum when he arrived at Newcastle Airport as he was welcomed by his emotional family. “I just wanted it to be over and get back to my family, I’m so pleased to be home right now,” said Sam, at his Bedlington home in Northumberland. Sam hit the headlines when he was accused of flooring James Stannard with a “king hit” - Australian slang for a single punch - outside a kebab shop in Sydney in the early hours of March 30. The 35-year-old former Australia Rugby Sevens captain, who announced his retirement from rugby in June, struck his head on the pavement and suffered a fractured skull, spending two nights in hospital. He was unable to compete at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April. Sam had denied recklessly causing grievous bodily harm and the alternative charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, claiming Mr Stannard hit him first and that he had acted in self-defence.
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    Rayer’s anti-plastic pollution campaign

    A young girl from Bedlington is on a mission to encourage others to help the environment and marine life.
  4. The next stage of the major overhaul of Bedlington town centre has been given the green light by councillors.
  5. Great Northumberland, a summer of free events across the county, finished on Saturday 1 September with a parade through the England’s most northerly town, Berwick-upon-Tweed followed by a concert which celebrated all facets of Northumberland, from the coast, to the hinterland, the people and the spirit.
  6. Double Olympic Decathlon champion, Daley Thompson CBE, will be guest of honour at the Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon.
  7. A baby-faced road menace is finally behind bars - after blowing a final chance to keep his freedom by crashing a car while banned from the roads. Craig Shaw was warned last year that his feet wouldn’t touch the ground if he offended again when a judge sentenced him for sparking a police chase. But within six months he got behind the wheel to deliver a takeaway for a friend, lost control on a roundabout and smashed into a lamppost. Now the 19-year-old, who fled the scene but was caught by DNA on the car’s airbag, has been locked up at Newcastle Crown Court. It was on October 16 last year that police were called to the site of the crash on the B1505 at High Pit, Cramlington, Northumberland. A lamppost had been hit with such force it was bent over at an angle.
  8. A beloved community club could be forced to close before celebrating its 70th birthday, if it can’t end a campaign of terror by vandals. The volunteers who run Bedlington Terriers FC say they may have to shut the club because of the astronomical cost of repairs They say their clubhouse has suffered three attempt break-ins, leaving doors and locks seriously damaged. Intruders have also “wantonly smashed” glass in the club’s floodlights, rendering them “not fit for purpose”, volunteers who run the Northern League Division Two club, from the grounds at Doctor Pitt Welfare Park, claim, Chairman Ronan Liddane said: “We’ve been hit by vandals over the last few months repeatedly breaking into the park, destroying fences, damaging locks, they’ve broken into our little hospitality box, smashed a television, fired pellet guns at our floodlights. “The police really can’t do much because we don’t have any CCTV - which we can’t afford because we’ve got to pay to repair the damage.
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    Big GCSE gains at academy

    The GCSE results at Bedlington Academy today show significant improvements across the board, with the number of grades 9-7 (old A*-A grades) awarded having more than doubled from the previous year.
  10. The investment firm behind two major North East funds has invested more than £1m in local businesses in just a few months. NEL Fund Managers is one of the only investment houses to be awarded two of the five funds that make up the £120m North East Investment Fund. After being given responsibility for the Small Loan Fund and the Growth Capital Fund back in April, the company has invested more than £1m in the region’s firms. The milestone was passed when NEL invested £10,000 in Bedlington-based JNCS Business Services, through the Small Loan Fund. The cash is being used by JNCS to improve its manufacturing process around the TorqTag device, which improves safety within the oil, gas and power industries. Dr Yvonne Gale, chief executive at NEL Fund Managers, says: “We’re pleased with the volume of enquiries that have come in so far around investments from both these new funds, and to have got past the million pound mark within just a few months of their launch.
  11. A man remains unconscious more than three days after he was involved in an alleged brawl outside a Wetherspoon’s pub. The 56-year-old suffered a serious head injury during the incident at the Red Lion on Hartford Road, Bedlington, in the early hours of Sunday morning. Emergency services arrived at the scene to find the man laying unconscious and he was taken to hospital where he remains. Detectives arrested another 56-year-old man and a 33-year-old man in connection to this incident. Both men have since been released under investigation. A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Police investigating an assault in Bedlington are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
  12. A man is still unconscious 36 hours after an alleged brawl outside a Wetherspoon’s pub in Bedlington . The 56-year-old suffered a serious head injury during the alleged fight, which happened outside the Red Lion on Hartford Road in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police and paramedics arrived and the suspected victim — who was laying unconscious outside the pub — was taken to hospital for treatment. Detectives arrested another 56-year-old man and a 33-year-old man in connection to this incident. Both men have since been released under investigation. A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Police investigating an assault in Bedlington are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
  13. This is the tear jerking moment a brother proposed at his sister’s wedding. The heart warming moment happened at the wedding of Charlene McGhee who wanted to share her special day with her brother, Antoni Kerr, and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Rebecca Stafford. Many brides might not want the limelight taken off them, but Charlene, of Stakeford, helped orchestrate the entire thing. During the bouquet toss, Charlene gathered her friends at Blyth Comrades Social Club but instead of throwing it into the group, she turned around and went directly to 21-year-old Rebecca. Moments later, Antoni appeared and got down on one knee to propose to his shell-shocked girlfriend. Antoni, of Bedlington, said: “I was very, very nervous. I had told her mam and dad last year when I asked for permission [to marry her].
  14. Police investigating an assault in Bedlington are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
  15. The most dangerous spots for cash point muggings and thefts in the North East have been revealed. Newcastle comes out on top with the most crimes close to an ATM over the last decade, according to recent data. Northumbria Police recorded 207 thefts or robberies in the city, more than a hundred more crimes than second-placed Gateshead. The figures translate to one in every 1,432 residents suffering at the hands of thieves in the last decade. This is particularly high compared to other large cities such as Leeds (one in 5,143), Birmingham (one in 5,459) and even London (one in 6,340). The research compiled by MoneySuperMarket through Freedom of Information requests shows Northumbria Police is the fifth busiest force for cashpoint thefts and robberies nationwide, with 801 crimes recorded in the last decade.
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