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  1. Forever haunted by the image of her daughter’s lifeless body in a crashed car, a mum is today begging other drivers to stop speeding. It has now been almost a year since Isabel Easson lost her precious girl Bethany Fisher when a car, driven by Jordan O’Donnell, smashed into parked cars and a wall outside her home in Bedlington. Today two new speed indicator display (SID) signs have been installed on the C405 by Northumberland County Council following campaigning by Bethany’s family and friends. And Isabel hopes the signs will make people think and help stop other parents going through what she has. The 48-year-old said: “I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else. I still can’t see past that image of her body. I’m struggling to get that image of her out my head. “That’s something no parent should ever see.
  2. Firefighters have battled a blaze which broke out at a Northumberland industrial estate. Crews were called to Barrington Industrial Estate in Bedlington on Saturday morning as huge clouds of smoke were billowing above. One fire engine remains on scene at midday as they continue to dampen down the fire. A spokesman for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said: “A crew is still in attendance. “We had two fire engines there and now one remains on scene. “They used two jets and one hose reel as well as a mechanical grabber to dismantle debris.
  3. Ten people have been arrested after drug raids across Northumberland. Police raided eight homes in Ashington, Bedlington and Widdrington in Northumberland and arrested eight men and two women on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Detective chief inspector Jon Bensley, of Northumbria Police, said Thursday morning’s operation was part of a strategy to tackle a range of offences — including violent crime — which could be linked to the use and supply of Class A drugs. He said: “The warrants we have carried out today are prime examples of the robust response we will take to proactively target those believed to be involved in criminal behaviour. “A large part of our operation is responding to reports and intelligence that comes to us from the community. “There is no doubt of the harmful impact drugs and drug dealing has on these communities and we are absolutely committed to pursuing those who think they can get away with it.
  4. When the sun is shining everyone loves a good barbecue and so it’s time to dust down the patio, fire up the BBQ and get ready for some gastro grilling. According to the people behind the National BBQ Week, which started back in 1997, the cry used to be ‘if it ain’t burnt, it ain’t barbi’, but our attitudes towards BBQ and summer eating have changed and the BBQ market has grown from just 9 million BBQ occasions back then to over 130 million last year. With this in mind we have come up with a list of local parks and beaches where you can definitely have a BBQ around Newcastle . And we have looked into the rules for outdoor grillers too! Bolam Lake Country Park, Belsay The park is situated in the heart of the Northumberland countryside, surrounded by historic landscapes and dramatic views. It has lakeside, woodland and open grassed areas for all to enjoy, with the attractive lakeside walk being accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. You’ll find a number of picnic tables in the main picnic area. The best access to the Pheasant Field is from West Wood car park. BBQs are allowed but visitors must take them home and be careful not to scorch the grass or wooden surfaces.
  5. The below trials are just a small few of those heard in the North East. To keep up with the latest court news from across the region, join the ChronicleLive’s North East Court News group on Facebook here. A dad accused of killing his baby son by vigorously shaking him told a court he loved him and “would never do anything to hurt my children”. Civil engineer Andrew Chiu denies the manslaughter of 15-week-old Nathan Chiu at their home in Kingston Park, Newcastle. Prosecutors say, in temper or frustration, he shook his son or caused him to impact against a surface or both, causing bleeding on the brain, leading to cardiac and respiratory arrest. He denies the allegations. The trial continues.
  6. Two men have appeared in court following an alleged armed skirmish involving a golf club and a saw which left a man in hospital. Police were called to Bedlington in Northumberland on Saturday night following reports of a disturbance. Both Sean Thompson and Daniel Simmons were later charged with affray and possession of an offensive weapon. Northumbria Police said a 48-year-old man suffered “serious but non-life threatening injuries”. A police spokesman said: “Two men have been charged with affray and possession of an offensive weapon following a report of a disturbance in Bedlington. “Sean Thompson, 48, of Half Moon Street, Stakeford and Daniel Simmons, 20, of Harrington Gardens, Stakeford have appeared before magistrates in Bedlington.
  7. A former Northumberland garage owner is motoring in a completely new career, after swapping automotive engineering for watch making. Glen Anthony Jobling, from Bedlington , has more than 30 years experience in the vintage and modern motoring industry but he has now turned his interest in design watches into a new business. Mr Jobling was inspired to change his career as a successful garage owner in North Tyneside in 2015, after making a watch for a friend while mulling over his options for a career change. Glen Anthony Watches (GA) has now officially launched with a range of men’s and women’s watches, which are designed, manufactured and assembled at his workshop in Wansbeck Business Park in Northumberland . All the parts of the watch are handmade on site by Mr Jobling except the Swiss movement, which he has sourced to meet his specific requirements. The watches are influenced by his love of all things mechanical and automotive, with designs inspired by the craftsmanship of the vintage cars he used to restore, as well as high tech materials of the latest sports cars.
  8. The Newcastle Chronicle has teamed up with The Halifax, Metro Radio and TFM Radio to explore what home means to the people of the city. We'll be celebrating the special places in people's lives and sharing those stories of home with #HalifaxLoveYourHome. Every week between now and Sunday 24 June 2018, one lucky person will be chosen by the judges to win £500 for sending in the best story. This week’s winner is former primary school teacher Joe Waddle. He says the peaceful Northumberland home he shares with wife Jude and daughter, Caitlin, provides the perfect inspiration for his writing, and his evocative poem really captures the meaning of home... I’m a creative person and I love writing - I’ve penned poems, songs and even self-published a novel - and home is where I get a lot of inspiration. I actually come from a very sporty family. My younger brother Chris was a professional footballer who played for Newcastle and England. I wasn’t a bad sportsman but not brilliant and packed football in when I was quite young. My wife Jude and I moved to Bedlington 14 years ago. It’s a former mining town but it’s so peaceful and quiet. We turned our spare bedroom into a study and it’s where I wrote my Kindle book On the Up, two years ago. It was something I always wanted to do. The study is not the only place I like to get a bit creative. At Christmas we like to decorate the house so we’ll usually have two Christmas trees – a big 6ft one in the living room and another 4ft one in the conservatory. And we also like to have parties every now and again. Of course, being from a football family we’ve had the odd World Cup celebration in the garden! Despite that, when it comes to day-to-day decoration, I’m an absolute minimalist. Our living room has a TV, two sofas, a coffee table and a few pictures hanging up.
  9. Bethany Dawson has her hands full with her young family. One of her four-year-old twins is disabled and needs round-the-clock care while she also look after sons Jack, three, and Luke 11. Kole and Hayden McDonald were born prematurely at 31 weeks and while Kole went from strength to strength, it soon became clear that his brother was different. Hayden now suffers from an undiagnosed genetic condition meaning he has Global Developmental Delay, visual impairment, problems with his foot and is tube fed. He is one of just 90 people in the whole world to suffer from his specific genetic mutation and is believed to be the worst affected. The Northumberland tot is also epileptic and non-verbal.
  10. What difference can a year make? Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, claims it can be significant. It’s a year to the day since Coun Jackson’s brand new Conservative cabinet met for the first time, after missing out an overall majority by - quite literally - a straw. Northumberland local elections results IN FULL - council held by Tories in 'straw draw' drama Their first 12 months in office certainly could not be described as “uneventful”, and they haven’t shied away from controversy. Here’s some of what’s happened:
  11. This round-up of events is written by readers. To get your event or story included, simply fill out the form www.chroniclelive.co.uk/schoolnews St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, North Shields, Headteacher Shaun Dillon said: “Sixteen year 5 and 6 pupils are in training to tackle the challenging Coast to Coast bike ride from Whitehaven to Tynemouth over four days from 23rd- 26th May. The children are making the 140-mile cycle in aid of international charity Children in Crossfire to help children across the world reach their full potential. "Support from the North Shields and school communities has been amazing. Rafa Benetiz and the Newcastle United squad have also supported the Super16 by sending a wonderful inspirational letter and donating signed footballs to help the children raise funds.” Young creatives from Jubilee Primary School in Wallsend welcomed BAFTA-nominated illustrator and picture book creator Joe Berger to their classroom for an interactive event, thanks to leading supply teaching agency First Class Supply and Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children’s Books Joe Berger is an award-winning freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous international magazines and newspapers, book cover designs, animated shorts, title sequences and commercials. As part of the double-act Berger & Wyse, with Pascal Wyse, Joe has a weekly comic strip in the Guardian and the duo’s animated title sequence for BBC1’s Hustle was nominated for a BAFTA. Joe has illustrated over thirty books for different publishers, including Tracey Corderoy’s Hubble Bubble, Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang series as well as his own Lyttle Lies series.
  12. A world class centre for engineering and manufacturing is to be built in Northumberland by a growing electronics company, creating a raft of new jobs. TT Electronics, a global provider of engineered electronics, has announced plans to plough £3m into its Bedlington base, to transform it into a centre of excellence for the growing business. The Bedlington facility is home to the design and manufacture of TT Electronics’ products used by customers in the aerospace market, including global aircraft engine manufacturers, such as hybrid circuits. Now the growing firm wants to create the centre of excellence to support its anticipated growth plans, working in partnership with customers to deliver smarter solutions. TT Electronics’ investment pledge comes two years after spending £1m on creating a clean room and automated production line, a spend which is already supporting production for aircraft engine makers while helping to win new customers. The ambitious new plans will trigger the demolition of some buildings and redevelopment of others, creating improved space for efficient engineering and manufacturing operations. The site currently employs around 310 people in Bedlington, up more than 25% since 2015, and headcount is expected to continue to increase in the next few years to support the anticipated growth for TT Electronics in the North East.
  13. Inspirational marathon man Mark Allison has been inspiring schoolchildren before he sets off on one of his most difficult challenges yet. Mark is known as “Run Geordie Run” for the incredible feats of fundraising which have seen him pledge to run all the way round the world. The runner, 46 from Bedlington, is just under a month away from picking up where he left off, in Belgrade. He aims to complete a gruelling 2,900 miles on this fifth leg of his challenge - passing through Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, Russia and finishing in Astana, Kazakhstan. To reach Astana, Mark will be running 31 miles per day, which will allow him just seven rest days during the 100 day run, and pulling a fully laden buggy weighing 110kg (17.3 stone). For the first time, he won’t have a support team helping out, and will have to pull everything he needs on specially designed buggy called ‘Chappie,’ which he will tow behind him as he runs. The buggy, provided by sponsors Chapman Ventilation, will be used for cooking and storage in the day, and a bed at night.
  14. A multi-million pound plan to “reinvigorate” a “forgotten” town centre is moving forward as cash is released. Northumberland County Council has announced that just under £6.5m had been released for a planned redevelopment of the former Tesco site in Bedlington . Though the businesses set to join the town have not yet been announced, the council says a “well-known food retailer”, more shops, apartments and car parks are on their way. The plans, estimated to cost £10m overall, were released in 2016 by the council’s redevelopment company, Arch. The scheme is set to bring up to 200 jobs to Bedlington. It was initially hoped construction would start in “late 2017”, but the start date is now estimated to be late this summer, subject to contracts being agreed.
  15. Shoppers in Newcastle could not fail to spot early morning queues forming in Grainger Street on Saturday morning. Lines of people were spotted waiting patiently for a certain shop to open - and for comic book fans it would be clearly worth the wait. Saturday is Free Comic Book Day and to mark the annual event the popular Forbidden Planet store had plenty giveaways ready for its 9.30am opening. Prior to that, the Travelling Man shop just a couple of doors down the street had opened especially early for the same purpose. It meant several of the queue could stock up on freebies there, when it opened its doors at 8am, and then take a place outside Forbidden Planet, which specialises in science fiction fantasy. Among them was 28-year-old Ben Leslie from Bedlington, Northumberland, who had already picked up two free comics in Travelling Man, having arrived at the shop at 6am.
  16. It’s that time of year. There’s been a flicker of sunshine so disposable barbecues and bags of charcoal are piled up outside petrol stations as the North East gets its grill on. The scent of charred food and smoke is as much a part of summer as beer gardens and brief interests in tennis. With a plethora of scenic parks and breathtaking beaches, it’s no surprise many of us opt to pick up a throwaway barbecue, gather our pals and head to the nearest beauty spot. But there are rules about where you can and can’t light up the BBQ. The council discourages BBQs in public spaces, but has issued guidelines for anyone who uses one.
  17. Police are searching for a teenage boy who has gone missing from his Northumberland home. Liam Soloman, 14, has been missing since earlier this month when he left his address on Barrington Road in Bedlington. Officers believe he could be in the Sunderland area and are continuing their investigation to find him. They are now appealing for help from the public to track him down. A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “Police are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare and now police are asking for help from the public to locate him. “He is described as white, 5ft4in tall, of slim build and with short, fair hair.
  18. Rock legend Mark Knopfler honoured fallen war heroes as he performed a moving guitar version of the Last Post. Mark, who grew up on Tyneside, dedicated his performance to the 17,000 Northumberland Fusiliers killed in the First World War. The rendition was part of a centenary music project organised by community group Superact, which will see events held between November 4 to 18 to mark 100 years since the start of the Great War. Mark said: “The First World War left its mark on families throughout the UK, and throughout the world. “It is important to remember the sacrifices made, and to think about why wars happen.” Having gone to school in Blyth, Mark dedicated the Last Post performance to the Northumberland regiment, which suffered more casualties in the war then any other.
  19. If you have seen Lee Hall’s play The Pitmen Painters, you will be familiar with The Bedlington Terrier, one of the paintings that plays a prominent part in one funny and touching scene. The picture of the little white dog – an example of the native Northumberland breed – is attributed to Jimmy Floyd in the play. But it was actually the work of William Scott, another member of the so-called Ashington Group, those now famous amateur painters who gathered in a hut after work – often shifts at the pit – to paint pictures. Scott was one of the older members of the Ashintgon Group and The Bedlington Terrier, done when he was about 70, is the only known example of his work. You might imagine that such a well-known painting resides at Woodhorn Museum, near Ashington, home of the permanent collection chosen by the pitmen painters themselves to represent their best work. But in fact The Bedlington Terrier has been in private hands since it was bought for £2 at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, before the Second World War.
  20. There’s still a few months until it takes place but this year’s Northumberland Live in Bedlington will most definitely have The X Factor thanks to its headline act. Rounding things off on what will hopefully be a sun drenched day of fun on Saturday, July 28 will be Matt Cardle, who triumphed on the famous ITV show in 2010, seeing off Cher Lloyd, One Direction and Rebecca Ferguson in that year’s final. Matt’s first solo single, When We Collide went straight to number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and became the second biggest-selling single of 2010 with 815,000 copies sold within two weeks. By the following June it had sold one million copies. The singer/songwriter is now gearing up to release his fourth album Time To Be Alive which will come out on April 27. This year will be the third that Northumberland Live at Bedlington has taken place. Last year, The Commitments entertained thousands of people at the free spectacle and two years ago, the first concert saw Johnny Hates Jazz headline. Once again, the Northumberland Live Festival looks set to appeal to all ages and members of the family. Also announced on the bill is Midnight Soul Sisters who will perform classics songs by The Supremes, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, Chic and Beyonce. Other bands will be announced in due course. The event is being funded by East Bedlington Parish Council with contributions from Ward Councillors funds and personal contributions from Keith Grimes and John Batey.
  21. A swathe of brightly coloured bluebells is truly a thing of beauty and here are some of the best places to enjoy them in the North East. Do let us know if there is anywhere we’ve missed and we will add it to the list - just email community@ncjmedia.co.uk with all the details. The bluebells are usually in flower from mid April until late May. The Woodland Trust said: “This early flowering makes the most of the sunlight that reaches the woodland floor before the full woodland canopy casts its shade. Millions of bulbs may grow closely together in one wood, creating one of nature’s most stunning displays. Half of the world’s population of bluebells are here in the UK. You’ll find them in broadleaved woodland, along hedgerows and in fields.” The Woodland Trust say the hybrid or Spanish bluebell is overtaking the traditional, sweet-scented native plants. Here is how to tell the difference: Native plants are deep violet-blue though a genetic mutation occasionally causes white flowers, the flower stem droops or nods distinctly to one side, almost all flowers are on one side of the stem, hanging down to one side. The flowers are a narrow, straight-sided bell with parallel sides, petal tips curl back and the flowers have a strong, sweet scent. The Spanish bluebells are pale to mid-blue, and often also white or pink. The flower stem is stiff and upright, with flowers sticking out all the way round the stem. Flowers are a wide open, almost cone-shaped bell and the petal tips flare slightly outwards. They have little or no scent at all.
  22. A state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre is set to create 50 jobs when it opens in Northumberland this summer. The Rutherford Cancer Centre, in Bedlington, is due to open later this year, creating a large number of jobs in clinical and administrative roles. The centre is one of five being developed by Proton Partners International across the UK, after the company raised £200m to develop the facilities. Part of the funding came from The Journal’s Let’s Grow programme. Chris Land, centre manager at the Rurtherford Cancer Centre, said: “This centre is the result of substantial research and investment into the best way to treat specific types of cancer. We are going to provide proton therapy which has a number of advantages over more traditional treatments like radiotherapy as it targets the cancer specifically without damaging healthy tissue near it. “As well as the healthcare benefits, our £38m North East centre will create up to 50 jobs with both clinical and administrative posts, and the construction project also created jobs for local workers.
  23. Newcastle has been named and shamed as one of the North East’s most popular areas for having an affair. The city has 19,254 people who are cheating on their partners, claims the website Illicit Encounters. It has compiled the Infidelity Index 2018, which lists the UK’s most adulterous towns and cities. It says 6.52 percent of Newcastle’s population is carrying on behind their partner’s backs. And it’s even worse in Durham where just 5,152 people are having an affair - but it’s more than 8 per-cent of the population. The statistics place Newcastle as the 10th most cheating city in the whole country on the site’s infidelity index.
  24. Bedlington darts ace Chris Dobey admits he is full of confidence at the moment after reaching his second ever PDC Pro Tour final at the weekend. The 27-year-old battled through a field of 128 players to reach the Players Championship 5 final, only to run into world No 1 Michael van Gerwen. The two-time world champion was in imperious form, running out a 6-2 victor in Milton Keynes - despite Dobey posting a staggering 109.6 average. ‘Mighty Mike’ raced into a 4-0 lead, firing in a 12-darter and capitalising on six missed darts from Dobey to break twice. Dobey hit bag with a stunning 10-dart leg before breaking throw to reduce the arrears to 4-2. But Van Gerwen produced a moment of brilliance in the seventh leg, landing a 160 checkout with Dobey sitting on tops to move to within a leg of victory before closing out the win in leg eight.
  25. Sainsbury’s has committed to paying staff well above both the national living wage and voluntary “real” living wage by raising the basic rate by £1.20 an hour. From September, staff in the North East will get paid at least £9.20 an hour, which means Sainsbury’s employees will have the highest basic pay of supermarket employees. Currently, Aldi is the top payer with a basic rate of £8.85. Hopefully, other supermarkets will soon follow their lead. We’ve had a browse of which jobs are on offer at major supermarkets in our region. They include some roles at Sainsbury’s in Northumberland.
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