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  1. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Police are investigating a Bedlington care home where inspectors say some elderly residents weren't kept safe. Medicines had allegedly gone missing at Baedling Manor Care Home, while the local authority was called in to monitor the home's safeguarding arrangements. The home's 49 residents "did not always experience safe care and treatment", inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said. The CQC said it had launched an inspection after being contacted with concerns about "safeguarding people, staffing, recruitment, medicines, infection control, consent, complaints and the governance of the service". Downgrading the home, run by Alcyone Healthcare, from 'Good' to 'Requires Improvement', the report said: "People were not always safeguarded from the risk of harm. Incidents were not reported or recorded properly, and action was not always taken to address matters. "The home was placed into organisational safeguarding by the local authority and there were police investigations in progress."
  2. Want the top news headlines sent to your inbox daily? Sign up to our FREE newsletter below More than three quarters of residents would back a local lockdown in the North East as coronavirus cases continue to soar, according to a ChronicleLive survey. However, less than 10% believe people would follow the rules if tighter restrictions were imposed in the region. Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday in a bid to curb the rise in coronavirus cases. The new laws follow a sharp rise in infection rates which has prompted warnings from council leaders and public health experts that a local lockdown is a real possibility. Sunderland now has the second highest coronavirus infection rate in England after 209 cases were confirmed in the seven days to September 7 - a rate of 75.3 cases per 100,000 population. According to the same NHS data Gateshead now has the 13th highest number of cases in the country with 55.8 cases per 100,000 people.
  3. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A £2.5m Government funding boost will help get Bedlington's stalled redevelopment works "up and running again," town bosses have said. A start date for the scheme is expected this year after the cash boost from Boris Johnson’s “Get Britain Building” fund - but some changes to the design have been announced. Northumberland County Council-owned company Advance Northumberland says the economic impact of Covid-19 on the high street retail market will mean some planned retail space will now be replaced by a swimming pool, relocated library and "enterprise hub". Chair of Advance Northumberland, Richard Wearmouth, said: "Works involving the anchor supermarket store remain unaffected as will the frontage onto the market square which will still include additional shops. It is anticipated that these works will start in 2020 as previously suggested. "However, the remainder of the scheme will be amended to provide a new leisure offer and will make use of space that had been earmarked for larger retail units, and / or the site held in reserve for a family oriented pub and restaurant. "In addition, the design work will look at relocation of the library to a town centre site and the creation of an enterprise hub. Both will encourage further spend in the town centre by increasing footfall.
  4. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news An honest drink driver confessed "I'l be over the limit" when he was approached by police officers in Northumberland. Police followed James Tinson after they spotted him driving erratically in his Vauxhall Insignia and watched as he was forced to come to a stop after he went down a dead-end street. The officers then walked up to the 31-year-old's vehicle and breathalysed him after they noticed he showed all the classic signs of being drunk, a court heard. Tinson failed the test and was arrested, later giving a reading nearly three times over-the-limit. Now, Tinson, of Merley Gate, in Morpeth, has been given a 18-month community order after he pleaded guilty to one count of driving with excess alcohol during a hearing at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court. Prosecutor, Rehana Haque, said police began following Tinson after they spotted him driving erratically in Bedlington on July 31 this year.
  5. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A drink driver has been banned from the roads after he was caught after his girlfriend phoned the police. Dad-of-two Christopher Armstrong and his partner had been arguing at their Bedlington home when he decided to get behind the wheel of his Kia Sportage in a bid to "calm down". However, the 31-year-old was unaware that the woman had phoned the police and officers were waiting for him when he returned minutes later. Armstrong then failed a roadside breath test and was arrested. The Nissan worker, of Burnside, in Bedlington Station, has now been banned from the roads for 20 months after he pleaded guilty to one count of driving with excess alcohol. Rehana Haque, prosecuting at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court, said the police were called to the couple's address on the evening of July 30 this year.
  6. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Despicable Kieran Ditchburn spat at two paramedics who had just saved his life and threatened to kill them and their families. When the ambulance men revived him after he took a drugs overdose, the thug reacted with disgusting aggression instead of gratitude. He spat in the face of one of the paramedics, leading to an anxious six month wait to see if blood tests showed if he had contracted any diseases. A court heard Ditchburn also repeatedly punched his mother and taunted the ambulance crew by asking what they were going to do about it. He then spat at two police officers. The 21-year-old had been given a suspended prison sentence just weeks earlier for spitting at police while claiming to have coronavirus and calling medical staff offensive names.
  7. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news An elderly drink driver was caught after he was spotted driving too "carefully" in a Northumberland town. Police followed Andrew Fenny, 70, when they saw him doing 20mph in a 30mph zone in Bedlington one evening in February this year. The pensioner then parked-up near his home in Rowan Close but was stopped by the officers and breathalysed, a court heard. Fenny was arrested after he failed the test and later gave a reading of 45 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. And he has now been banned from the roads for 12 months after he pleaded guilty to one count of driving with excess alcohol at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court. Fenny's solicitor, Steve Chambers, said he first came to the attention of the officers for driving too "carefully" on February 24.
  8. Want the best local news sent to your inbox daily? Sign up to our newsletter The simplest sign an area is growing in popularity is when house prices start to increase - which can help identify the most sought-after towns in the North East. According to the latest figures from Rightmove, a number of towns and villages across the region have seen significant swings in average property prices in recent years. The new data shows the average value of homes in each area in July 2017 compared with the same month in 2020. In the past three years, average house prices have soared in certain areas by as much as almost 25%. The locations people are most desperate to move to in the North East are quieter locations to settle down and raise a family, particularly in Northumberland. Here are the top nine areas of the region which have seen the biggest house price percentage increases since July 2017. Check out properties for sale on InYourArea.
  9. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Murder accused James Rutherford may stand trial early next year accused of killing Andrew Saint. Rutherford is accused of attacking the 64-year-old, who died three weeks after he was allegedly assaulted in Bedlington, Northumberland. Rutherford, 37, made his first appearance at Newcastle Crown Court via a video-link to HMP Durham on Thursday. The charge was not put to him but a provisional trial date was set for January 12 next year, with a time estimate of seven days. Judge Paul Sloan QC told him: "I'm going to adjourn this case to a further pre-trial hearing. That will be listed on September 1 and you will be linked in on that date as you have been today. "You should understand, if you have committed any offence or offences arising out of these allegations, the sooner that's communicated to the court, the better for you, the more credit you will receive. The longer you leave it, the worse it will be for you."
  10. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Still reeling from the shock death of her beloved dad, Toni Saint has made an emotional plea for help to find out what happened to him. Fun-loving great-grandad Andrew Saint died in hospital weeks after he was allegedly assaulted. The 64-year-old had gone to his local shop in the hours before the incident, which happened in Bedlington Station, Northumberland. When Andrew - who was in poor health - did not come home, his family became worried and asked friends to help look for him But the next time his loved ones saw him he was in hospital, hooked up a ventilator and in a coma. Andrew never regained consciousness and passed away almost three weeks later. A 37-year-old has now appeared in court charged with his murder.
  11. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Murder accused James Rutherford has today appeared in court over the death of Andrew Saint. The 64-year-old died in hospital almost three weeks after he was allegedly attacked at a home in Bedlington. Northumbria Police say Mr Saint was found with a serious head injury after emergency services were called to the home, on Pioneer Terrace, at around 7pm on February 23. He was taken to hospital where he passed away on March 13. A 37-year-old man was arrested on the night of the incident and released under investigation. Yesterday Mr Rutherford, of Pioneer Terrace, was charged with murder.
  12. Want the best local news sent to your inbox daily? Sign up to our newsletter More than 4,000 jobs will be created and another 3,500 safeguarded after the Government backed 18 schemes around the region with £47m from its infrastructure fund. The schemes include project to improve town and city centres, put the North East at the forefront of the green recovery and boost key employment sites, as well as creating 1,300 new homes. High profile projects such as the Gateshead Quays convention centre and the Aykley Heads business park in Durham have been backed, along with town centre regeneration schemes in Newcastle, North Shields and Bedlington. There is also backing for a new landing area for the Tyne ferry at the North Shields Fish Quay, plans to improve the digital infrastructure of the city centre and riverside area of Sunderland, better cycling and pedestrian links around Gateshead town centre and investment in a planned energy park at Blyth. The projects are part of the £900m Getting Building Fund which was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in June to support “shovel-ready” housing and infrastructure projects. It is hoped the schemes will create 2,253 new jobs, 1,839 construction posts and safeguard 3,551 positions in the North East.
  13. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A man has been charged with the murder of 64-year-old who died after an alleged assault in Northumberland. James Rutherford, 37, of Pioneer Terrace, Bedlington, was due to appear before Bedlington Magistrates' Court on Tuesday accused of killing Andrew Saint. Mr Saint died after an incident at an address on Pioneer Terrace, which police were called to at about 7pm on Sunday February 23. He was found with a serious head injury, believed to have been sustained in an assault, and was taken to hospital but he died as a result of his injury on March 13. A 37-year-old man was arrested on the night of the incident but later released under investigation while a police investigation into the alleged assault was conducted. On Monday he was re-arrested by police and charged with Mr Saint's murder.
  14. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news With everything that's happening in the world, staying informed is more important than ever. One way you can do that is by signing up to receive newsletters from NorthumberlandLive. We send a range of newsletters each day on the latest news, up-to-the-minute breaking incidents, information on coronavirus and the latest football stories. The what's on newsletter also goes out once a week and features events - both for real and virtual - happening in Northumberland and across the North East, as well as tips and advice on keeping the children entertained. If it's news specifically from your part of Northumberland that you're after, we've got everything covered too with a daily bulletin that lands in your inbox every evening. To sign up for one or all of these bulletins is simple, easy and free. Keep up-to-date with all the latest news in the county by visiting our new Northumberland Live homepage. Facebook: Here's our main Northumberland page. Twitter: You can follow the Northumberland Live page here.
  15. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Four men have been arrested as part of a police operation to crack down on rural crime in Northumberland. Officers carried out a string of dawn raids at properties in Stobhill, Blyth and Bedlington on Tuesday as part of an investigation into drug supply, burglary and theft in the area. As a result, four men were detained on suspicion of burglary, handling stolen goods, public order and insurance fraud. A number of suspected stolen items were also seized, including a cable locating system worth almost £2,000. Neighbourhood sergeant Ian Pattison, of Northumbria Police, said: “Organised crime can devastate communities and often spearheaded by heartless individuals only out to make a profit. “Yesterday, as part of our ongoing proactive activity, we were able to arrest four suspects who have been assisting officers with their enquiries, while we also seized evidence that will prove invaluable moving forward.
  16. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news When Hayley Cadman was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin's lymphoma, her world was turned upside down. Last year, the mum-of-two experienced intense pain in her back and arms and medics thought she had a trapped nerve. But after trips to see a chiropractor and sports massage therapist, Hayley’s symptoms continued and became worse. She began to lose weight, suffered from heart palpitations and had a persistent dry cough. Hayley had recently started a new job as a learning disability nurse and her GP thought it was causing her anxiety and stress. But she knew that something wasn’t right and asked for blood tests to be taken.
  17. Work to reopen the former Northumberland Line could start "in a matter of months", regional leaders have said. Plans are currently being worked on to resume passenger services between Newcastle and Ashington, with the project expected to cost about £162m. And although transport bosses are still waiting for a decision on more Government funding for the scheme, it is hoped construction could begin soon. “Now is an opportunity for us as a region to actually make this ripe for significant investment,” said Peter Jackson, the leader of Northumberland County Council. “The Northumberland Line would be transformative to the whole area and our county, but it’s also a regional project and I’m very proud it’s actually getting nearer and nearer to being a reality. “We could have spades in the ground in a matter of months on that one. The crumbling, overgrown stations that could become a lifeline for Northumberland Keep up-to-date with all the latest news in the county by visiting our new Northumberland Live homepage. Facebook: Here's our main Northumberland page. Twitter: You can follow the Northumberland Live page here.
  18. A family is "worried sick" after a 28-year-old went missing after a night out. Samantha Donkin, known as Sammie, who also uses the surname Smith, is described as being "vulnerable" and was having a difficult time when she went to meet a friend in Gateshead on Friday, June 19. Her sister, Natalie Stokoe, told Chronicle Live: "She was fine on Friday, she said she was going to see her friend in Gateshead. "I messaged her about 1.30am saying 'are you coming home?' and she said she was staying out, and she didn't come home the next day. "Her friend said she got into a taxi at 11.30pm, which went to Morpeth. My sister doesn't know anyone in Morpeth as far as we know, so it doesn't add up. "We've been ringing and messaging and she hasn't answered, so after 24 hours I reported her missing to the police, who are looking for her.
  19. An off-duty police officer has been praised after spotting a man swinging an axe during a heated exchange. At about 9.45pm on Thursday June 18 a PC from Northumbria Police witnessed an exchange between two men on North Ridge in Bedlington. After noticing one of the men was armed with an axe and appeared to be threatening the other, he raised the alarm. Officers from the Firearms Support Unit swooped in but those involved had already fled the scene. After a short search of the area, an axe, which had been discarded over a garden fence, was found by officers. Two men, aged 42 and 41, were subsequently found and arrested on suspicion of affray.
  20. Early plans to get Northumberland's biggest towns ready for when shops reopen have been revealed. Since the start of lockdown, in March, many town centres have lain quiet, with only essential shops allowed to operate. But, as other retailers prepare to open on June 15, provision must be made to ensure a safe two-metre social distance can be maintained both inside shops and on the streets. In Newcastle, a one-way walking route is planned on Northumberland Street while "social distancing circles" have appeared in Old Eldon Square. Now, Northumberland County Council has shared its plans for the 12 key towns of Alnwick, Amble, Ashington, Berwick, Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington, Haltwhistle, Hexham, Morpeth, Ponteland and Prudhoe. Councillor Glen Sanderson, the county council’s cabinet member for environment and local services, said: “In Northumberland, the layout of shopping streets, particularly in some of the older towns, does not make social distancing easy, with narrow pavements and limited queueing space.
  21. More than 500 jobs are set to be axed at Monsoon Accessorize after the retailer announced 35 stores closures – but the majority of the region's stores will hopefully remain open. The high street fashion retailer collapsed into administration after the hit from coronavirus scuppered its turnaround plan. The firm said it expects to make 545 staff redundant through 35 store closures – but stores in Bedlington, Newcastle’s Eldon Square, Newcastle Airport, Gateshead Metrocentre, The Bridges Sunderland and Durham are not part of the store closure list. The store in Middlesbrough, however, is earmarked for closure. The business expects to make the closures despite Monsoon’s founder Peter Simon buying the business out of administration almost immediately in a pre-pack deal, overseen by advisors at FRP. The deal will transfer around 450 jobs to Adena Brands, owned by Mr Simon, which will inject £15m into the business to allow the remaining stores to stay open.
  22. Boy racers are using a cemetery as a 'racetrack' amid claims parents are letting them run wild during lockdown. Complaints have been made to Northumbria Police about youths riding motorbikes in the West Lea area of Bedlington, Northumberland. Isabel Easson, whose daughter Bethany Fisher died in a car crash, claims a handful of teenagers are terrorising residents. "There are two of three teenagers on motorbikes racing past the park where the children are, then going through a gap to get into the cemetery . They are using it as a racetrack," she said. Bethany, 19, died when Jordan O'Donnell's Ford Mondeo ploughed into parked vehicles in Bedlington. She had been out celebrating her birthday when O'Donnell lost control of the car.
  23. Tributes have flooded in for a 'kind' and 'caring' woman known as the Mary Poppins of the Hoppings. Millie Barrass, 64, passed away at her Bedlington home on Sunday, May 10, following a short illness. The Hoppings community has been left devastated at the loss of a figurehead who was loved by all those who knew her. She also played an integral role of the successful campaign group 'Save Our Hoppings', which was launched after the popular Town Moor event was cancelled in 2013. Close friend David Richards, 29, said: "Millie was a kind, sweet person who would do anything for anyone. "Come hail, rain or shine you would see Millie pushing a silver cross pram followed by plenty of children.
  24. More than 60 vehicles were taken off the roads during an operation to stop suspected drug dealers in their tracks. Officers aimed to disrupt organised criminal groups in Ashington and Bedlington and used intelligence to target suspected offenders. As part of the operation, drivers were pulled over and tested for cocaine and cannabis use at the roadside. Those who tested positive were arrested and had further drugs testing. Their vehicles were also seized. Last month, 64 vehicles were uplifted – bringing the total number this year to just over 200 – half of which have been impounded and crushed. A total of 30 suspected drug-drivers have been arrested - 25 are believed to have had links to organised crime.
  25. Everyone who enters a Northumberland cancer hospital will be tested to see if they've had coronavirus. And the data collected through the tests could help the rest of the UK to get access to more reliable testing. Rutherford Health plc, which runs the private Rutherford Cancer Centre in Bedlington, on Wednesday announced it was rolling out antibody testing for all patients and staff. Just a few weeks ago, NHS bosses were suggesting antibody tests would soon be on sale through Amazon and Boots. It was said the simple tests could be taken at home and could help people get back to work by confirming they already had the virus and were likely to be immune. The tests check blood for two types of antibodies, which the body uses to fight infection. If these antibodies are present, the person should have the ability to fight off the infection in future. But of the 3.5million tests purchased by the UK government, none which have been so far tested meet the standards agreed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. At ChronicleLive, we’re proud to be part of the NHS Heroes campaign, which aims to make sure all the amazing people of this wonderful organisation know exactly how much they mean to the nation. We’re asking you to show them love by helping us create a living map of gratitude from every corner of Britain. By dropping a heart on the map, you’re saying you appreciate the efforts undertaken daily in the NHS. To pledge your support, just go to www.thanksamillionnhs.co.uk
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