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  1. The eyes of the world will be on Northumberland on Monday as the eagerly anticipated OVO Energy Tour of Britain returns to the county. The streets are expected to be decked in red and yellow, the colour of the Northumberland flag, as thousands of spectators gather to catch a glimpse of the cyclists. Northumberland will host an entire stage of the race, starting in the heart of Kielder before a dramatic finish on the coast of Blyth. And the excitement is building as the world’s elite riders get ready to whizz through 28 towns and villages, covering a total of 211kms. Northumberland County Council leader Peter Jackson said: “The race will travel through some fantastic scenery and pass iconic landmarks including Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle. “The tour is to be broadcast in over 120 countries and we look forward to providing a warm welcome to the competitors and supporters and showcasing our beautiful county and communities to a huge global audience.”
  2. Two heroes who saved the life of a man suffering a cardiac arrest have been nominated for an award. Robbie Beckwith and off duty Police Community Support Officer Mark Rodgers were playing table tennis at Ouston Community Centre when they heard a call for help. Mike Jones, 63, had just finished a match at the Chester-le-Street centre when he suddenly collapsed. The pair quickly realised the father-of-three’s heart had stopped beating and started performing CPR until paramedics and an emergency care assistant from the North East Ambulance Service arrived on the scene. Mike, of Nedderton, near Bedlington, was then shocked with a defibrillator before transporting him to Newcastle’s Freeman hospital. Robbie and Mark’s quick thinking saved Mike’s life and they have now both been nominated for a Chronicle Champions award in the category of Outstanding Act of Bravery.
  3. Councillors are set to give the go-ahead for the construction of almost 2,000 homes in Northumberland. Developments in Amble, Blyth, Ashington, Bedlington and Choppington have all been earmarked for approval by Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee. Developers are expected to be granted permission to build 500 homes on a site near James Calvert Spence College in Amble at a meeting on Tuesday. Plans for 500 properties off Glebe Farm in Bedlington could also get the nod, as well as another 200 homes on land off Summerhouse Lane in Ashington. In Blyth, two developments for 300 and 142 homes respectively are expected to go-ahead, while another 327 properties could be built on land at Willow Burn in Choppington. Below we take a look at each application in more depth.
  4. Excitement is building for the eagerly-anticipated return of the Tour of Britain to Northumberland. Covering 117 miles and passing through 26 communities, the world’s elite riders will descend on the county next week. The race - one of the most prestigious dates on the cycling calendar - sees riders compete over eight days across the UK. The Northumberland stage starts in Kielder Water and Forest Park and finishes in Blyth. Here is everything you need to know about the event. It is British Cycling’s premier road race and the country’s largest free-to-watch live annual sporting event.
  5. Car tyres have been slashed in ‘revenge attacks’ following the death of a teenager in Bedlington . Police have urged the community not to take the law into their own hands as they revealed the 10 vehicles targeted were not involved in the fatal crash on Sunday. Bethany Fisher, 19, died in a crash on Victoria Terrace in the Northumberland town early on Saturday, reportedly after a night out celebrating her birthday. Despite the efforts of neighbours and paramedics, she died of her injuries before she could reach hospital. Jordan O’Donnell appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Monday in connection with the collision. Now Northumbria Police have asked the community to “come together at this difficult time and not take the law into their own hands” on their Twitter account.
  6. A man accused of causing the death of a teenager by dangerous driving has been remanded in custody. Jordan O’Donnell appeared in the dock at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Monday. The 20-year-old is alleged to have been driving a silver Ford Mondeo car when it crashed into other vehicles on Victoria Terrace, in Bedlington, killing 19-year-old passenger Bethany Fisher. O’Donnell, of Waverley Court, Bedlington, made his first appearance in court after being charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident. Wearing a grey tracksuit, he spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the hearing on Monday. Because of the seriousness of the death by dangerous driving offence, no pleas were taken to any of the four charges.
  7. A 20-year-old man has been charged with causing the death of Bedlington teenager Bethany Fisher by dangerous driving in an early-morning crash. Jordan O’Donnell of Waverley Court, Bedlington, is accused of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failing to report a collision. Bethany, 19, was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning, reportedly after a night out celebrating her birthday. Despite the efforts of neighbours and paramedics, she died of her injuries before she could reach hospital. A second woman, who was also hurt in the crash, remains in hospital in a stable condition with what police say are “serious but not life threatening injuries”. Two other men, who were arrested on Saturday, have been released and will face no further charges.
  8. A teenager was killed in a car crash while out celebrating her birthday. Tributes have today been paid to the 19-year-old, who has been named locally as Beth Fisher, as a neighbour told how he desperately tried to help after the smash. The nursery nurse was fatally injured when the car she was in hit several parked vehicles and a tree in Bedlington, during the early hours of this morning. Another woman was seriously injured and remains in hospital. Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy and two 20-year-old men in connection with the collision, which happened on Victoria Terrace. And today as officers continue to question them, on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, a dad has revealed how he tried to help the casualties om the aftermath of the smash.
  9. A woman has died and three men have been arrested after their car ploughed into parked cars in Bedlington. The 19-year-old, who has not been named, died from the injuries she suffered in the crash early on Saturday, and another woman remains in hospital with “serious injuries”. Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy and two men, both 20, on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The fatal crashed happened shortly before 2am, when the car hit parked vehicles and a tree on Victoria Terrace. Officers investigating the crash say that only one moving car was involved, adding that the three male occupants of the vehicle are still in police custody. Northumbria Police has launched an appeal for anyone who saw the crash, or spotted anything suspicious, to report it to officers.
  10. Moving tributes have been paid to a Northumberland community stalwart who has died at the age of 79. Mick Scott, of Bedlington, passed away last week after an illness. Mr Scott, who was awarded an MBE in 1992 for political service, helped to organise the Bedlington Fair for many years and was well known in the area. He was born in Bradford but moved to Embleton, Northumberland, where he spent his formative years. He left school at the age of 14 to take an apprentice greensman job at Dunstanburgh Golf Club, just outside Embleton, only to be made head greensman two days later because his predecessor fell ill. Mr Scott lived in Embleton until he was around 22 and moved to London after his parents died. He worked for the London Underground in charge of ordering supplies for various tube stations that were being created.
  11. Sitting behind her kitchen table at her Bedlington home, screen writer Rebecca Innes got hard at work to produce her first feature film. Now her masterpiece has been released in Malaysia and she hopes it will be screened in Britain in the near future. And the former St Benet Biscop Catholic High School pupil has told how she was so proud of her work when she travelled to the Asian country to see the premier last week. Now the 29-year-old is planning on rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous when the film is entered into the big film festivals, including Cannes, Raindance, Sundance. “I was really proud when I saw it on screen, it was really nice for me,” said Rebecca. “It is rare to get a feature film before a short film and to hear the actors speak the lines I wrote was so special. They did an excellent job too.” Rebecca was the lead writer for the film titled ‘Hijabsta Ballet’, which hit the cinemas in Malaysia on August 3.
  12. A teenager with a crooked spine that resembles an ‘S’ is heading to Germany for life-changing surgery in the next few hours - and it’s all thanks to you. Lucy Huddleston suffers from adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, which is an abnormal twisting and curvature of the spine. With the help of people from across the North East and beyond, more than £53,000 has been raised to send Lucy abroad. The 16-year-old is travelling overseas on Friday for surgery which her family pray will correct the spine’s curves, without the need for fusion treatment. Mum Lisa, 45, said: “We’ve been blown away by the fundraising and we’re so grateful. “I fill up every time I look at the fundraising page at how nice people are, and a lot of them are complete strangers. The support has been amazing.”
  13. Thousands of music lovers rocked out as The Commitments brought a touch of soul to the Northumberland Live festival. The “World’s Hardest Working Band” headlined the day-long event on Saturday, which drew in the crowds to Bedlington’s Gallagher Park. The eight-piece band - headed up by frontman Dave Finnegan who played bouncer and drummer Mickah Wallace in The Commitments film - played all the classics, including Mustang Sally and In the Midnight Hour. They were joined on the bill by The Sleeze Sisters, The Understudies, Just So and Unplugged. Festival-goers also enjoyed a range of food as well as a display by the Royal Logistics Corps’ parachute display team The Silver Stars. Northumberland Live organiser, Mel Jackson, said: “The day has been fantastic - it has been jumping.
  14. Resting in her bed, Holly Oakley often wonders what life lies ahead for her. The 16-year-old claims she has been left a “prisoner in her own home” after taking the controversial HPV vaccine. Holly says she has been left virtually housebound by the human papilloma virus injections, which help prevent cervical cancer. Once part of Newcastle United’s academy, the teenager now suffers from severe fatigue and is often too exhausted to get out of bed. Mum Vicky, 46, is certain her daughter’s health problems are linked to the Gardasil vaccine, which is routinely offered to 12 and 13-year-old girls to protect them against cancer. She said: “Holly was energetic and full of life. After the vaccines her life would never be the same again. There needs to be more information about the risks.
  15. A pensioner is in a critical condition after she was hit by a van while crossing a road in Bedlington on Friday morning. The 78-year-old woman was crossing Hartford Road in the Northumberland town just before 10am when she was hit by a Ford transit tipper van, which was also towing a trailer. The woman suffered serious head and leg injuries and she has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where her condition is described as being “critical, but stable”. The air ambulance was called to the scene, but paramedics opted to drive the elderly woman to hospital instead. Police closed the road for two hours while the woman received medical treatment and was driven to hospital, but it has since re-opened. Officers investigating the crash are now appealing for witnesses and a Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “A Ford transit tipper van towing a trailer was travelling south on Hartford Road when it collided with a 78-year-old woman who was crossing the road.
  16. A trusted care home manager pocketed nearly £7,000 from a vulnerable resident by secretly using her bank card. Greedy Shirley Ward was in charge of withdrawing cash for the victim’s day-to-day living expenses while she was staying at Melrose House Care Home, in Cullercoats, North Tyneside. But, the 58-year-old soon started helping herself to the money, taking almost £7,000 over a 12-month period and hiding bank statements so her deceit wasn’t detected, a court heard. The fraud was only uncovered when the bank account of the victim, who suffered from emphysema and asthma and needed a constant oxygen supply, was completely drained of funds and struggled to pay for her place in the home. And it was only after Ward was dismissed for an unrelated matter that her scam came to light and the police found the hidden bank statements and three of the victim’s bank cards, Newcastle Crown Court was told. Now, Ward, of Hartford Crescent, Bedlington, has avoided being immediately sent to prison after she pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position and was given a suspended sentence.
  17. Summer means festivals and, while that can also mean muddy mayhem, it mainly means marvellous music - and lots of it. It's certainly not all about Glastonbury or other biggies such as Reading or Leeds. Newcastle and the wider North East has plenty of its own to be proud of and there’s no need to spend hundreds of pounds on a ticket - not to mention travelling costs - when there are music festivals galore on your doorstep. As festival season gets underway, here is a round-up of where and when you can enjoy live music this summer, whether you like to dip your toes somewhere new, such as Q Festival, or whether you're a regular at South Tyneside Festival. Our guide - and we'll be adding to it - covers the region. In Northumberland, we've already enjoyed Northumberland Live at Blyth Beach as well as Corbridge Festival and have just danced along to SummerTyne Americana Festival on Gateshead Quayside - but there are lots more festivals to come, ranging from Live From Times Square in Newcastle, which is up next, to Harwick Live in County Durham. So get planning to get out there in the fresh air - even if it turns out a bit too fresh on occasion - and prepare to soak up enough festival experience to generate musical memories for years to come.
  18. The likes of Mustang Sally and In the Midnight Hour are set to rock Bedlington on Saturday when the day-long Northumberland Live gets underway. The Commitments will be topping the bill at the music festival which is set to draw crowds to the town’s Gallagher Park. The eight-piece headliners - headed up by frontman Dave Finnegan who played bouncer and drummer Mickah Wallace in The Commitments film - will be setting the tone on the day with their instantly-recognisable soul classics - which also include Destination Anywhere - and all the hits from the famous movie. After last weekend’s wet weather put a dampener on Sunderland Airshow and Pride festival, it’s fingers crossed for the free family-friendly event. But optimistic promoters reckon that it will be a case of temperatures “in the 70s and music in the 80s” on Saturday as the play-list gets underway. Also on the programme will be the likes of the West End 80’s Mania show, featuring songs and dance from the age of synthesizers and leggings, plus UB40 tribute band Ultimate 40.
  19. The launch of new identity cards for people with brain injuries comes as welcome relief for survivors in the North East. His Royal Highness Prince Harry has launched the new initiative by Headway, a charity that supports people affected by brain injury. The card is part of the charity’s Justice Project, which aims to raise awareness of brain injury within the criminal justice system, and ensure survivors are identified at the earliest possible opportunity to ensure they receive appropriate support. The ID card has the additional benefit of breaking down social exclusion, with holders having renewed confidence in the knowledge they can easily explain their support needs should they require assistance in everyday situations. Charles Southam, 28, from Bedlington, who receives support from local group Headway Tyneside, is grateful for the idea. He said: “Brain injury is often a hidden disability and people struggle to understand that service users have anything wrong with them because they look so ‘normal’.
  20. The search is on for magical creatures living underneath Ashington. The Wonderfolk are rumoured to exist along the abandoned coal seams under Woodhorn Colliery. But now a team of experts are set to find the elusive beings and bring their stories to life. Anyone can join them on an interactive trail lasting all summer. Visitors will meet Professor Parkyr, a world expert in unexplained underground life forms, and with the help of a magical miner’s lamp will go on a special mission to track down and uncover the stories and secrets of the Wonderfolk. The search for Woodhorn’s alternative and magical past begins on Monday with the launch of an interactive tour.
  21. A record breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces have this year won a prestigious Green Flag Award including 45 in the North East. This international award, now into its third decade claims that those parks which win “boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities” - in other words they’re a great place for a day out. Here we list a selection of the region’s top parks and public spaces you might want to check out for yourself. Jesmond Dene is a beautiful wooded valley and for families there is the ever popular Pets’ Corner and there are many historical features in the park. Walker Park dates back to 1891 and was designed to provide a pleasant green space for the local people living in a large industrial area. Saltwell Park, known as The People’s Park, opened to the public in 1876 and still attracts around two million. Between 2000 and 2005, a £9.7 million grant resulted in the park being renovated and the results were hugely impressive.
  22. Karl Glendinning and co-accused Neil McFarlane were in the dock after police seized suspected class A drugs from homes in Cowgate and Byker
  23. These are the schools praised for their teaching standards - and those who’ve been ordered to do better. We’ve summarised findings about the 15 North East schools who’ve had new Ofsted judgments published in June. This month, no local schools have received new ratings of ‘outstanding’, the best possible grade a school can attain following an inspection. However, many were able to celebrate achieving a ‘good’ grade — but a number were ordered to improve, whilst one earned the worst possible score of ‘inadequate’. A short inspection confirmed the school continues to be good - though it has been on “quite a journey” since inspectors last visited. A move to a new building and “tireless” work by staff have left a “very kind and friendly school” where pupils make good progress from different starting points.
  24. In light of the Northumbria police decision to close all but one of its stations to the public after 8pm, we asked the questions our readers want answered. From July 17, the front desk at its HQ, Forth Banks, will operate from 8am to 8pm, seven days per week, as will Gateshead . All other stations within Central Area command will move to opening hours of 9am to 5pm. in Northumberland, Bedlington police station will see its front desk operation reduced from 24 hours to 12, between 8am and 8pm. In Ashington and Morpeth, station front desks will be open from 9am to 5pm. While stations in Hebburn, Amble and Killingworth will no longer have a front desk provision. Here are the questions our readers want answered.
  25. Football isn’t just about the big names at the big clubs in the North East. It’s about little lads and lasses pulling on their boots and mams and dads organising their lives around lifts to training sessions, supporting from the sidelines, raising funds, helping to coach, cleaning kits and giving those hugs in celebration or commiseration, depending on the day. The Chronicle recognises that for families across the North East, junior football is a big part of day-to-day life, and this gallery pays tribute to the passion and commitment of all the youngsters involved. We invited clubs and leagues across the region to send their team photos, and we have included them all here along with some great action shots by Alan Hewson Photography. A Your Team supplement, featuring most teams, is published in The Chronicle on Saturday, July 1. For back copies call 0191 201 6300. Even if you are not involved yourself, the looks on these faces will lift your heart. Ashington Town Reds Under 9s, Bedlington Town, Bedlington Town FC Girls, Bedlington Utd U10s, Berwick Juniors, Berwick Rangers, Birtley Town Juniors FC Girls Under 12s, Blaydon YC, Blyth Town Barça Under 13s Girls, Blyth Town Whites Under 10s, Chester le Street Town Whites Under 7s, Cramlington Jnrs, Cramlington Town, Cramlington Utd, Corbridge United Under 10, Cullercoats FC Under 14s Girls, Durham Fed Under 13s, Ellington Jnrs Hawks Under 8s, Felling Magpies Under 11s, Gosforth PSV Under 10s, Gosforth Under 10s PSV, Heaton Hawks Under 7s, Hexham Porto Under 10s, Kingston Park Warriors, KYPC Jags Under 7s, Killingworth Young People’s Club Storm Under 14s, Leam Rangers, Longhoughton Rangers, Lumley Ladies Under 14s, Montagu and North Fenham Lionesss Under 9 Girls, Montagu and North Fenham Whites Under 11s, Montagu and North Fenham FC Blues Under 9s, Montagu and North Fenham Reds Under 7s, Montagu and North Fenham Reds Under 8s, Montagu and North Fenham Reds Under 9s, Montagu and North Fenham Reds Under 10s, Montagu and North Fenham Under 7s Reds, Montagu Blues Under 7s, Montagu Blues Under 8s, Morpeth Town Girls, New Fordley Juniors Under 10, Newcastle Benfield FC, Newcastle Benfield Girls, Newcastle Benfield Under 15s, Newcastle Benfield Juniors San Siro Under 13s, Newcastle Benfiield Olympico Under 7s, Newcastle Benfield Under 14s, Newcastle Benfield Tardini U7s, Newcastle Boys Club Inter U10s, Newcastle City Juniors Under 9s Benfica, Newcastle East End Blues Under 9s, Newcastle East End FC, Newcastle East End FC Blues Under 13s, Newcastle East End Blues Under 14s, Newcastle East End Blues Under 10s, Newcastle East End FC Under 15s, Newcastle East End Under 9s Reds, Newcastle East End Under 11s Reds, Newcastle East End Under 12s Reds, Newcastle East End Whites Under 10s, Newcastle East End Girls Under 10s, Paul Burke Under 10s, Newcastle East End Girls Under 11s Blues, Newcastle East End Girls FC Under 9 Blues, Newcastle East End Red Girls FC Under 11s, Newcastle West End, North Shields Juniors AFC, Northburn Wanderers, NSGathletic Cobras Under 9s, Olympico Under 8s, Paul Burke Under 10s, Ponteland Middle School 12, Ponteland Reds Under 10, Prudhoe Youth Club Hurricanes Under 9s, Red House Elite, Ryton and Crawcrook Albion, Seaton Delaval Dynamos Belgrade Under 14s, South Shields, Stakeford Juniors Under 12s, Sunderland Fulwell Youth Football Under 18s, Swalwell Swifts Under 10s, Team Gosforth PSV Under 11, Throckley Magpies Under 11, Throckley Magpies Under 7s, Throckley Magpies Under 8s, Throckley Magpies Inter Under 12,
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