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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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].
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.”
  12. 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.”
  13. 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.
  14. This is the moment a burst pipe sent water shooting 20ft into the air in a Northumberland town. The water main burst near Hartford Gardens, in Cramlington, on Friday morning and the supply was eventually shut off at around 7pm. Dramatic drone footage captured by Jason Carrick showed the water shooting into the air and across a nearby field. His partner Donna Scott, 32, said they were shocked when they discovered the water pipe had burst. She said: “It started on Friday morning and was still pouring out in the evening. “Northumbrian Water weren’t on the scene until about 3pm and they said they couldn’t turn it off because it supplies water to Morpeth and Bedlington.
  15. A small magnetic device invented by a Northumberland entrepreneur is set to make a big splash in the global oil, gas and power industries following financial backing. Jon Naylor has more than 30 years’ experience in senior positions within the industrial pipelines sector and he now acts as a top level consultant for clients around the world through his Bedlington firm , JNCS Business Services Ltd. Now Mr Naylor has invented the TorqTag, a magnetic piece of kit used on pipelines which is already winning orders around the world – and is poised to reach new heights after winning support from the new North East Small Loan Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund. The TorqTag was developed when Mr Naylor realised there was an industry need to improve processes around the closure of the dozens of flange pieces that join sections of pipeline to each other. This process is done by engineers in a precise order, to make sure connections are made as they should be, and the TorqTag temporarily attaches to each bolt, helping technicians keep track of their bolting sequence. Having already won orders from existing and new clients around the world, Mr Naylor has worked with regional fund management firm NEL Fund Managers to secure a £10,000 Small Loan Fund investment that is helping improve the manufacturing processes around the TorqTag.
  16. Music fans braved an afternoon downpour to catch X Factor winner Matt Cardle live in Bedlington. The singer-songwriter headlined Northumberland Live in Bedlington on Saturday evening. Cardle took to the Gallagher Park stage at around 8pm, following rain in the late afternoon. Cardle, who won X Factor in 2010, was joined on the bill by Newcastle singer Channy, the Midnight Soul Sisters and pop punk group 5K. The future of the under threat festival had been in doubt, but went ahead following donations from councillors and East Bedlington and Choppington's parish councils. East Bedlington Parish Council chairman Keith Grimes said: "There was a real danger that the festival would not happen this year. We are well aware of how much this free event means to our community and we believed as a parish council that they deserved to have it."
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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