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  1. A scheme for hundreds of new homes in Bedlington has been given the nod once again, despite concerns about the linked package of infrastructure improvements. The outline application, for up to 500 homes on land south-west of Glebe Farm, off Choppington Road, was first approved last year, but there were several outstanding issues to iron out. These have now been dealt with, but given that the Government issued a new version of its planning rules - the NPPF - in the summer, the bid was brought back to this month's meeting of Northumberland County Council's strategic planning committee. The planning officers' advice hadn't changed and the scheme was still recommended for approval, with members voting to grant permission by 10 votes to two, with one abstention. Earlier in the meeting, Coun Christine Taylor, of West Bedlington Town Council, had raised fears about the site access from Choppington Road, where 'traffic numbers are increasing regularly' and another new development is planned a mile up the road. One of the issues dealt with since the previous approvals was the section 106 legal agreement, which will secure 15 per cent affordable housing, a £1.33million education contribution, £346,500 for healthcare and £229,000 for sports and leisure.
  2. A man has appeared in court accused of a string of driving offences after a bus and car crashed in Byker. Four people had to be taken to hospital after a single decker Stagecoach bus and a silver Renault car collided on Clifford Street at around 8.50am on Tuesday. A 26-year-old woman is believed to be in a serious condition and is being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. Andre Langley has been charged with driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol limit, careless driving without due care and attention, driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance and failing to stop after a road accident. The 24-year-old, of Molineux Court, Heaton, Newcastle, appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court on Wednesday. He was remanded in custody before his next appearance at Newcastle Crown Court on December 12.
  3. Two men are due in court after a 19-year-old was allegedly stabbed in Newcastle. Stanhope Street, in Arthur's Hill, Newcastle, was cordoned off in the early hours of Sunday morning after police were called following reports that a 19-year-old had been assaulted on the street. Ambulances, police cars and forensics officers were spotted by early risers as the investigation got under way. The injured man was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary with injuries consistent with a stabbing. His condition is described as stable. Police launched an investigation and, at around 4am on Sunday morning, arrested two men aged 21 and 23. They have since been charged and are scheduled to appear at Bedlington Magistrates' Court on Monday afternoon.
  4. A police investigation is under way after a shocking video emerged of a bouncer allegedly assaulting a teenage girl in a Newcastle nightclub. Lauryn Parker claims she was left bruised after a bouncer repeatedly kneed her on a flight of stairs in Perdu. The 19-year-old said the incident has left her too "scared" to have a night out in the city. Perdu sacked the bouncer after footage of the incident was viewed by more than 350,000 people on Facebook. Now, Northumbria Police has launched an investigation into the incident. A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “We can confirm officers are investigating a report of an assault at a premises on Collingwood Street in Newcastle on Wednesday (October 31).
  5. A bouncer has been sacked after a shocking clip emerged of him allegedly assaulting a teenage girl in Perdu. Lauryn Parker, 19, claims a burly bouncer left her bruised and battered after repeatedly KNEEING her in the Diamond Strip nightspot. She was celebrating Halloween dressed as a bunny when the alleged attack unfolded. A Facebook clip of the incident has already been viewed over 365,000 times and Lauryn claims: "I'm too scared to go out in Newcastle now. "I've got bruises, grab marks on my arm and what looks like shoeprints on my legs. "I keep thinking it could have been a lot worse. He was just so strong and wouldn't stop."
  6. A North East MP has demanded the "immediate scrapping" of controversial benefit Universal Credit. The system will worsen child poverty, increase homelessness and even lead to people taking their own lives, Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery has claimed. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned the country could face "chaos" similar to the poll tax riots if the national roll out continues, in the Daily Mirror today, He branded the welfare reforms a "cruel and vindictive" experiment that will exacerbate the "convulsions" of Brexit and risk public disorder. The Government says the reforms ensure working is worthwhile for claimants and simplifies the benefits system. But opponents believe it leaves claimants worse-off, and creates delays which leave people waiting for much-needed cash. Now, Labour Party Chair Ian Lavery has called for an end to Universal Credit, predicting dire consequences for Northumberland if the roll out goes head.
  7. News that pub giant Wetherspoon is to host a 12-day ale and cider festival will be bringing a smile to the faces of customers this autumn. From October 10 to 21, 10 of the company's pubs in and around Newcastle will be inviting customers to enjoy a Real Ale & Cider Festival - and with a selection of up to 30 beers on offer from independent British craft brewers, there certainly will be plenty to enjoy. Each of the brewers involved is a member of the Society of Independent Brewers and some of the beers to be served will be award-winners while others are brewed exclusively for the festival. Kristopher Lee, manager of The Quayside Wetherspoon branch in Newcastle, said: "The festival is the perfect opportunity to showcase the wonderful range of beers from independent British craft brewers. "It will give people the opportunity to enjoy a superb selection of the beers that they brew, many of which have not been served in the pub before." Ales on offer will include Blueberry Classic Bitter, from Coach House; Jurassic Dark (Dorset), Jemima's Pitchfork (Glamorgan), Freddy Brewger (Robinsons), Hope & Glory (Brentwood), Hop Twister (Salopian), Big Job (St Austell) and Wheel of Fortune (Castle Rock).
  8. Concerned police are appealing for help to find a missing Romanian woman who went missing from her Bedlington home. Maria Stoica was reported missing in the early hours of Wednesday morning and officers are urgently appealing for help to find her. A Northumbria Police statement said: "Officers in Bedlington are concerned for the welfare of Maria Stoica...who has been reported missing from her home in the town since the early hours." Maria is Romanian and speaks very little English, the statement adds. The 36-year-old is described as 5ft tall, of thin build with shoulder-length light-brown hair and tanned skin. She was last seen early on the morning of October 3 and was wearing a two-tone blue coat with a hood and black leggings.
  9. A troubled teenager spat in a police officer’s face the day after her mum’s funeral as “emotions were running high”, a court heard. Charlie Toner, 19, assaulted the officer in Newcastle when police were called out to a racially aggravated incident on July 24. Bedlington Magistrates’ Court heard that a man who lived on Beaconsfield Street called police in the early hours of the morning reporting that he was being abused by two occupants of a neighbouring house. When they arrived, Toner is said to have used racially aggravated language saying to the officer: “Tell the p**i downstairs to f*** off.” Prosecutor Rebecca Gibson said Toner then spat in the policeman’s face hitting his cheek and chin. Toner admitted the assault and public order offence on Friday as well as one charge of being in possession of the class B drug Spice at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in January.
  10. Bobbies who brought down a slave master and a PCSO who helped snare a rapist have been recognised at a glittering police awards ceremony. Northumbria Police’s officers were honoured at the force’s Pride in Policing Awards on Tuesday night. The Chronicle sponsored the top gong, the Outstanding Contribution Award, which was awarded to veteran bobby PC James Desmond. The long-serving officer was nominated for his efforts to “humanise” policing for mental health staff and patients in his role as Hospital Liaison Officer ar Newcastle’s St Nicholas’ Hospital. PC Desmond, who is due to retire next month, also picked up another gong at the awards - having won 40% of the public’s vote in the Outstanding Contribution category. Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: “Occasions such as this are truly humbling – I’m honoured to be able to showcase the outstanding work carried out by our officers, staff and volunteers.
  11. They are the people and places we rely on whether we want to look the part for a special occasion or just enjoy some 'me time' and there were plenty of winners at the first ever North East Beauty Industry Awards on Sunday night. With a whole host of awards up for grabs to rival even The Grammys in number, competition was fierce, as were the outfits as nominees dressed to impress for the awards dinner held at The Grand Hotel in Gosforth. The awards seek to recognise and reward the growth of the beauty sector and the success of the professionals working within it, from dentists and doctors to hair and beauty businesses, teams and clinics. Therefore, the awards acknowledged not only beauticians and hair stylists, but also other talented individuals from the cosmetic sector, who deliver exceptional customer services and work within clinics and practices, where excellence is a standard. The black-tie event was hosted by Heart Radio Breakfast Show presenter, Kelly Scott, who handed over 26 awards to people from all over the region. Several of the awards were split into local areas to ensure the diverse establishments from across the North East of England are recognised for their impeccable work.
  12. A killer danger driver could be released from prison - exactly three years to the day since causing the death of teenager Bethany Fisher. “Beautiful” Bethany was out with friends celebrating her 19th birthday on August 19, 2017, when tragedy struck. Jordan O’Donnell lost control of his uninsured Ford Mondeo while giving her a lift home and smashed into parked cars on a street in Bedlington, Northumberland. Passenger Bethany died from her injuries while Meg McBurnie, who was also in the car, was badly hurt. O’Donnell pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was handed a six-year sentence. Now, Bethany’s mum, Isabel Easson, has been left heartbroken to learn he could be released from prison having served just half his sentence behind bars.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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].
  20. 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.
  21. Clashing dustbin lids and hammering containers, the cast of Stomp certainly didn't go unnoticed when they arrived in Newcastle on Wednesday morning. The energetic performers quickly drew a crowd outside the Theatre Royal as they gave a high-impact - and very noisy - performance with clattering and banging on makeshift drum-kits, dancing and somersaults. The cast members, including local talent Jamie Welch, were giving a taster of Stomp ahead of its opening on Thursday for a three-day run at the Theatre Royal. Jamie, from Bedlington in Northumberland, has been in the cast of the popular show for two years during which he has toured across Europe but this will be his first time in his home region with it - and he was delighted to be bringing it to Newcastle. "It's great," he said. "This is my first time back in the North East with the show I do for a living and I've got a mix of family and friends coming." While the show - snippets of which featured during the closing ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics - has been around since 1991 - and has built up a loyal fan-base - this week marks the first time it has been back at the Theatre Royal for about two years and audiences are being promised a performance that is faster and funnier than ever.
  22. These are the North East care homes and services which have been ordered to improve by a health watchdog. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have handed out two ratings of ‘inadequate’ in the region over the past month, with more rated as ‘requires improvement’. All information comes from reports published by the CQC. We’ve rounded up the results for reports with either of the bottom two gradings below: Inadequate Report published: July 25, 2018
  23. This is the noisy haul which made life hell for neighbours in Bedlington. More than 20 din-creating items, including televisions, HiFi systems, loudspeakers and musical instruments were seized from a home in the Northumberland town, where residents had been making a racket day and night. On Thursday the council’s Housing and Public Protection Service, alongside officers from the Bedlington Neighbourhood Policing Team, swooped on the house, which had a noise abatement notice served earlier this year. But the council says the notice was “ignored”, so officers entered the property by force and removed all equipment capable of producing amplified sound. Northumberland County Councillor John Riddle, cabinet member responsible for public protection, said: “Today’s action clearly demonstrates the Council’s commitment and determination to protect local communities from irresponsible individuals and our intention to use the full force of the law when needed. “We will not tolerate the small minority whose anti-social behaviour affects the quality of life for the rest of the community.”
  24. This is the moment two cruel thieves raided a family-run cafe in Northumberland. The masked pair made off with around £800 from Coffeelicious in Bedlington after rifling through the till and charity boxes in the early hours of Wednesday. Devastated owner Gemma Robson discovered the break-in the following morning and quickly checked her CCTV to see the burglars in action. Police have now launched an investigation. Gemma, who runs the cafe with husband John, said: “It’s my business, it’s like my home. This is how we make our living and we work so hard. “For someone to come in and think they can get away with this is infuriating.”
  25. A woman has appeared in court charged with the murder of Sunderland teenager Scott Pritchard. Karen Tunmore, 36, of Killingworth, North Tyneside, appeared at Bedlington Magistrates Court - sitting at Newcastle Crown Court - on Saturday. The teen’s death sparked one of the biggest manhunts in Wearside’s history when he was found bludgeoned outside his Sunderland home in 2004 and left to die. At the time his leg was in plaster after suffering a bad injury and he could only walk with crutches. Scott was confirmed dead on arrival at Sunderland Royal Infirmary, aged just 19, and detectives have been investigating the case ever since. Nobody was convicted in relation to the case at the time, but the investigation has remained open.
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