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  1. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A man has been diagnosed with long Covid - despite not even knowing he had had the virus eight months ago. Dean Dobson first started feeling unwell in February, when the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK was still just in double figures. The 29-year-old was sent home from work after becoming dizzy and struggling to breathe - and while a doctor mentioned that “people were panicking about coronavirus,” he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection. Dean, from Bedlington, Northumberland, continued to struggle with dizziness, breathlessness and exhaustion in the months that followed. While going between GPs, ENT consultants and a private neurologist, he was told the problem could be vertigo, an ear infection or neurological problems. Finally, in October Dean saw that as a health worker he was entitled to a Covid-19 antibody test.
  2. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A boy racer “came close to almost killing” a family of three after he shunted their car into a bush while speeding towards them “like a bullet,” a court heard. Stephen Hill drove on the wrong side of the road and narrowly missed hitting a police car as he hit estimated speeds of up to 80mph on busy Northumberland streets. The 20-year-old, who was 19 at the time, left a family with “whiplash type injuries” after crashing into them at speed in Bedlington. The victim, who had been out with his partner and 17-year-old stepdaughter, said they had been left “traumatised” by the collision and that was “still in pain” more than six months later. Now Hill has avoided being locked up after a judge was moved by the victim’s generous letter asking for him to be “rehabilitated”. Prosecutor Ellen Wright said Hill was spotted by two police officers on May 9 driving a white VW Golf “at a high speed” and crossing the road onto the wrong side.
  3. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A man has appeared in court over an alleged assault in Bedlington at the weekend. Police received a report of an assault at an address on Stakeford Lane at around 2.30pm on Saturday. Emergency services attended the scene and a 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police have said that a 48-year-old man and a 20-year-old man were arrested in connection with the incident. However, the 48-year-old man was released with no further action. The 20-year-old man has been charged with a section 19 assault and appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
  4. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A serial shoplifter has been locked up after stealing hundreds of pounds worth of food from a shop he was already banned from. Curtis Telford, 21, was released from prison in October following a conviction for a knife point robbery at the Co-op Store, Guide Post, Choppington. Telford, previously of Ashington, was banned from entering the store again and warned he would wind up back behind bars should he breach the order. But he ignored the instructions, stealing nearly £400 worth of meat from the store as well as coffee and shampoo. He also targeted three other stores in the area. Officers reviewed CCTV from all the shops, quickly identifying Telford as the prime suspect.
  5. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A learner driver who was involved in an horrific motorbike crash just minutes into his first lesson died as a result of a tragic accident, an inquest heard. Darren Jobling, 50, was killed after being flung from his bike and crashing into a tree on Front Street West in Bedlington on July 29 last year. A hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre heard no reason could be found as to why he rapidly accelerated and lost control of his Yamaha 700cc bike, after being described as a "smooth and competent" driver. His bike was found 30 metres further down the street where it had ploughed into a parked white Kia Sportage. Emergency services, including the air ambulance, were called to the scene at about 12.15pm and he was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, where he died around four hours later. His family said he has been a "huge miss" and thanked emergency services who tried to save his life.
  6. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news As wedding preparations go, it doesn't get much more stressful than this. Yet not even a 400 mile dash to beat lockdown could ruin newlyweds Ami Glass and Kamron Arasteh's magical day. The couple were due to tie the knot on Saturday November 7 at Ellingham Hall. However those plans were thrown into disarray when, exactly a week before the ceremony, Boris Johnson called another lockdown. Unwilling to wait, the couple embarked on a mad scramble to move the wedding forward - staging it just hours before the lockdown was imposed on Thursday. Everybody from the venue to the make-up team moved mountains to make it happen, and after an eight-hour drive from Dorset the couple finally said 'I do' on Wednesday November 4.
  7. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Police investigating an incident where a cyclist suffered serious head injuries have said they no longer believe it to be suspicious. Officers were called to Bedlington shortly before 11.30am on Saturday, November 7, after a lone female cyclist was found lying in the middle of the road on Attlee Bank. The 46-year-old had suffered serious injuries to her head and was taken to hospital by paramedics where she currently remains. Police launched an investigation into the circumstances and appealed for information from the public. However, they now say they are no longer looking for any suspects in relation to the incident. A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: "Over the weekend, officers launched an appeal for information in a bid to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident and ascertain if any criminal offences had been committed.
  8. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A vile thug has been jailed after racially abusing and spitting at police officers while claiming to have coronavirus and tried to bite nurses trying to treat him in hospital. Mark White subjected emergency workers to a tirade of physical and verbal abuse after being arrested in Northumberland. The 36-year-old called officers horrific racist names, headbutted one of them and spat at two insisting he had Covid-19. He was also disgusting with nurses who were attempting to treat him after he sustained an injury while being restrained by officers. White, of Briarwood Cottages, Annitsford, North Tyneside, called one at the police station a "fat s**g" then when taken to hospital he tried to bite nurses' hands and threatened to headbutt one if they tried to help him. Newcastle Crown Court heard how White, who has 106 previous convictions, has an "appalling" record for attacking police officers.
  9. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Vile thug Conor Parker said he hated the police after spitting at officers and trying to land headbutts. Parker displayed shocking aggressive behaviour at Bedlington police station after being taken there in August. A court heard he seemed "almost delirious" as he grabbed an officer's neck, tried to headbutt a PC twice and spat directly at two officers. A judge at Newcastle Crown Court said the attacks left the police officers frightened. Judge Christopher Prince told Parker: "Any offences that are committed against public workers, such as police officers, will always be treated seriously by the courts. "These are the people who protect the public and indeed protect you, as a member of the public.
  10. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Obsessed stalker Robert Edington threatened to rape his former partner after bombarding her with calls and repeatedly turning up at her workplace and her friend's house. The TV aerial engineer could not cope with the end of his two-and-a-half year relationship and tried to use threats to himself and her to force her to change her mind. A court heard he made up to 100 unwanted calls to her a day and even followed her into the female toilets of a pub, peering over the cubicle. He also had to be spoken to by her boss after going to her place of work five or six times a day, three times a week. Newcastle Crown Court heard Edington left her and her friend, who he also harassed, living in fear. Clare Anderson, prosecuting, said the relationship had ended in June amid issues of drug misuse which she had asked him to get treatment for. She added there had been allegations of domestic violence.
  11. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Twisted Mark White racially abused and spat at police officers while claiming to have coronavirus and tried to bite nurses who were treating him in hospital. In a sickening display of vile behaviour to emergency workers, White lashed out physically and verbally after being arrested and taken into custody. He called officers disgusting racist names, headbutted one of them and spat at two while claiming he had covid - causing great concern and worry. The 36-year-old lowlife, of Briarwood Cottages, Annitsford, North Tyneside, was even abusive to nurses who were trying to treat him after he was injured while being restrained. He called one at a police station a "fat s**g" then when taken to hospital he tried to bite nurses' hands and threatened to assault them. Newcastle Crown Court he has previous convictions for attacking police officers and his victims described him as "vile" and "pathetic".
  12. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news He was the true 'gentle giant' who made friends with everyone he met. Tributes are today pouring in for tragic dad Tony Houghton, who lost his life on a notorious Northumberland road. The 33-year-old, who was known to his friends a 'the Tank', was pronounced dead at the scene after he was hit by a car on the A189 near Bedlington Station. A 30-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the collision, which happened at around 8pm on Saturday. Today as investigations continue Tony's heartbroken friends have been paying tribute to their pal. And doorman Scott Hunter, who worked with Tony, has told of the security worker's sense of humour and dedication to his young daughter.
  13. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A pedestrian who died after a collision in Northumberland has been named by police. Anthony James Houghton, who lived in Blyth, died after reportedly being hit by a car on the A189 southbound between Bedlington Station and Bebside at around 8pm on Saturday. Emergency services were called to the incident but the 33-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Following the collision, officers arrested a 30-year-old woman on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, who has since been released under investigation. Enquiries into the collision are ongoing with officers appealing for any witnesses, especially those with dashcam footage, to come forward. Sergeant Ray Lowery, from the police's motor patrols department, said: “Our officers are supporting Anthony’s family at this difficult time and we ask their privacy is respected.
  14. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Struggling families across Northumberland are set to benefit from new coronavirus funding which will help put food on the table. Northumberland county councillors will be able to provide Covid-19 -related support into their communities through a number of grants worth up to £2,000. Families in need will be able to access vital help such as food parcels or vouchers through recipient organisations such as town and parish councils and community groups. Leader of Northumberland County Council, Glen Sanderson said: "We recognise and understand the real difficulties and hardship that Covid is causing for some of our residents, and we are doing all we can to help them, and we will continue to do so. "From the very start of the pandemic, through our Northumberland Communities Together initiative, we have been connecting with residents in need, seven days a week to ensure they receive help and support to keep them safe and well. "In addition to this, we have just expanded the scope of our Members Small Grant Scheme to reflect the challenges local communities and groups are facing around the current pandemic."
  15. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A Bedlington primary school has revealed when children will return to the classroom after being forced to close with more than 20 staff members self-isolating. Whitley Memorial Primary School closed its doors on Wednesday, October 7, after being plunged into a staffing crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Bedlington school initially closed over a two-day period to allow for a deep clean, citing that its catchment area had one of the highest areas of confirmed cases in Northumberland. But the school later revealed it could no longer continue to operate due to more than 20 members of staff being off work as a result of the virus. Whitley Memorial Primary School said it could not guarantee the safety and welfare of its children and staff, adding that it would not reopen until October 19 "at the earliest". It has now been announced that staff and pupils will now return on Monday, with the exception of Morpeth and Kielder classes who will be back in the classroom on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, following self-isolation.
  16. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Tributes have been paid to a Northumberland man who was allegedly stabbed to death in Somerset. Stuart Noble, also known as Stuart Hopkin, was found dead at a property in Shepton Mallett, on Thursday. Police say he is originally from the Bedlington area. And today as a man appears in court accused of murdering the 52-year-old, Stuart's family, who still live in the North East, have told of their devastation. In a statement they said: "We as a family are truly heart broken and shocked beyond words that Stuart’s life has been taken away so tragically. “Stuart will leave a gap in our family but will remain in our hearts forever."
  17. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A landlady claims she's been made to feel like a "plague" victim after police closed her pub because households were mingling. Officials claim customers at The Wharton Arms were ignoring the rules, strolling around without masks and refusing to socially distance. It was the first Northumberland pub to be ordered to shut under tough new coronavirus laws. However, furious boss Maxine Stubbs is fighting the closure, slamming the "over the top" allegations made against her Bedlington boozer. Rather than a bar awash with frivolity, she claims the pub had just 30 customers when police visited last Saturday night - and that she'd taken just £100 all day. "I feel like I'm in a dream world when I read what they've claimed has gone on," said Maxine, 42.
  18. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A Bedlington primary school has been forced to close due to a staffing crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic with more than 20 staff members self-isolating. Whitley Memorial Primary School will be shut until October 19 "at the earliest", after it said it cannot guarantee the safety and welfare of its children and staff. The Bedlington school announced it was initially closing on Wednesday for two days for a deep clean, citing that its catchment area had one of the highest areas of confirmed cases in Northumberland. The county has seen its coronavirus infection rate rise in recent weeks with 583 cases recorded in the seven days to October 5, a rate of 180.8 cases per 100,000 people - climbing from 559 cases the week before (173.4 per 100,000). But now the school has revealed that pupils will have to wait before returning to the classroom due to more than 20 members of staff off work as a result of the virus. And due to those members of staff needing to quarantine for 14 days, Whitley Memorial Primary School will be closed until at least Monday, October 19, with a review of the situation to take place next Thursday.
  19. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A Bedlington pub has been shut after police caught households mingling and customers without their masks in breach of coronavirus guidelines. Officers claimed there was no social distancing inside The Wharton Arms during a spot check on Saturday, October 3. The pub, in Burdon Terrace, must now potentially close for a fortnight as punishment for the breaches. It is the first pub in Northumberland to be closed for breaching Covid-19 regulations. All North East venues are currently subject to tough new laws aimed at c urbing the region's rocketing infection rate. Northumbria Police say multiple breaches at the pub also included not displaying a Track and Trace QR code, or enforcing a one-way system.
  20. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news For over a year bride-to-be Emma Wilson has been looking forward to her perfect wedding day. But sadly her wedding to partner Cole Moscrop on October 11 isn't going to be the one that she has dreamt of since she was a little girl. New coronavirus restrictions have slashed the number of people allowed to attend a wedding from 30 to 15 guests. The Northumberland couple is 'heartbroken' to not be able to be surrounded by all their family and loved ones on their special day. And now they are only able to invite both of their parents, Emma’s brother, Cole’s three grandparents, two bridesmaids, one best man and two groomsmen to share their day with them. The 27-year-old bride-to-be from Bedlington said: "We were heartbroken to find out that we had to cut our numbers to 15 after already being quite strict on our initial guest list, to begin with.
  21. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Northumberland's public health chief has urged residents to follow the new North East lockdown restrictions with coronavirus 'spreading like wildfire' across the county. The tougher rules will come into force from midnight on Wednesday, affecting about two million people across Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham, in a bid to stop the soaring number of Covid-19 cases. The new measures will mean that people from different households will be banned under law from mixing indoors in any setting, including pubs or restaurants, and will face fines of up to £6,400 for doing so. However, it will not be illegal to meet up with friends from another household in a beer garden – though it will be against public health advice to do so. Latest figures revealed all seven authority areas in the region have recorded an increase with cases up 79% to 2998 in the week leading to September 25 from 1324 in the previous seven days. The number of Covid-19 cases in Northumberland more than doubled to 450 in the same week – the equivalent of 139.6 cases per 100,000 people. This is up from 196 cases (60.8) in the week previous.
  22. Want the top news headlines sent to your inbox daily? Sign up to our FREE newsletter below Almost two-thirds of residents feel the Government was too late introducing a local lockdown in the North East as Covid-19 cases continue to rocket, according to a ChronicleLive survey. Tighter restrictions were imposed across the region's seven council areas on September 18 in a bid to combat the spike in coronavirus cases. But numbers continue to soar at an alarming rate, with North East cases more than doubling to 2,524 in the week leading to September 21 from 1,107 in the previous seven days. According to Public Health England data covering the seven days to September 22, Newcastle now has the highest rate of infection in the North East and the fifth-highest in England – with the city’s numbers almost tripling. Newcastle recorded 632 new cases in that week, with an infection rate of 208.7 per 100,000 people. That was compared to 224 new cases and a rate of 74 in the previous 7 days. South Tyneside had previously had the second-highest rate in England, but is now eighth according to the latest figures. The borough recorded 301 new cases with an infection rate of 199.4 per 100,000.
  23. Want the top news headlines sent to your inbox daily? Sign up to our FREE newsletter below A further two coronavirus cases have been confirmed at a Northumberland school. The new infections come within 24 hours of a staff member at St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy in Bedlington t esting positive. In addition, a "small number of pupils" are now self-isolating after coming into direct contact with the confirmed cases. In a letter to parents, headteacher Kevin Shepherd accepts parents will find the latest development "concerning". "We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England," he added. The letter was sent to parents on Thursday, a day after it emerged two members of staff were self-isolating.
  24. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news Two members of staff at a Northumberland school are self-isolating after one of them tested positive for coronavirus. St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy, in Bedlington, has said the infected staff member is well but is spending two weeks at home in quarantine. The secondary school and sixth form has decided to not send any students home as a result of the confirmed case due to the employee's limited contact with pupils. However, another member of staff has also been asked to self-isolate for a fortnight following advice from Public Health England. A letter to parents and carers from headteacher Kevin Shepherd reads: "A member of staff at St Benet Biscop has tested positive for Covid-19 and is therefore self-isolating. The staff member is well and is self-isolating at home. "I have been in contact with the Public Health England Protection Team to discuss the situation and the potential risk to other students and staff.
  25. 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."
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