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  1. Six areas of Northumberland which have seen large numbers of new homes approved recently have been highlighted as requiring an expansion of GP and other healthcare facilities. Northumberland County Council planning officers made a presentation to last Thursday's (January 17) meeting of the health and wellbeing board about the healthcare implications of the final draft of the Local Plan, as they did at the July meeting in relation to the first draft. There are a number of policies in the document which deal with or touch on health and wellbeing elements, including one to limit the number of hot-food takeaways, but one of the main concerns remains around healthcare infrastructure. The development framework is supported by an almost 200-page Infrastructure Delivery Plan, which aims to ensure new housing is supported by the necessary services. It refers to a number of areas which 'have already seen multiple, large-scale planning applications for housing in recent years' and which 'will require increased capacity in primary-care infrastructure'. These are: Amble/Broomhill; Ashington/Newbiggin; Bedlington/Guidepost; Cramlington; Morpeth/Pegswood; Alnwick.
  2. Five parks in Northumberland are to be upgraded thanks to an investment of £287,000. Northumberland County Council's cabinet approved to spend £204,000, with the remaining £83,000 funded by contributions from the likes of town and parish councils. As part of its medium-term financial plan, the local authority has already set aside capital funding of £150,000 per year from 2018-19 to 2020-21 to invest in parks and green spaces. So far, money has been spent at Jennings Field in Bedlington , Astley Park in Seaton Delaval, and Eastwood Park in Prudhoe. Following the sign-off on Tuesday, Blyth's Ridley Park and Mermaid play area, Alexandra Park in Cramlington , Gallagher Park in Bedlington, and Rothbury's Riverside play area are all set to benefit. At Ridley Park, £45,000 will be spent in total with £25,000 being used to refurbish the hugely-popular water play area.
  3. Cuts to council tax support in Northumberland were given the final nod this week as the cost-saving measure was put to a vote by all county councillors. From April, all households in the county will have to pay a minimum of 8% of their council tax bill, following approval for changes to save £1m a year. At Northumberland County Council's full meeting this week, members agreed a reduction in the level of council tax support for working-age claimants to 92%. The current scheme provides up to 100%, meaning that some households pay no council tax. To a typical band A property, the change will mean a council tax bill of £98.55 per year for a couple/family or £73.91 for a single person. The much-discussed proposal, which has attracted some fervent criticism but was supported by a majority of respondents during a six-week consultation, was passed by 31 votes to 26. There were six abstentions - the Lib Dems and the Bedlington Independents - who could have swayed the vote the other way.
  4. An elderly woman had her purse stolen on Boxing Day after being asked for a glass of water in an alleged distraction burglary. An investigation was launched by officers at Northumbria Police after a report was made on December 26 of an alleged burglary at the home of an elderly woman on Disraeli Street, Blyth. The alleged victim reported that a man had knocked on her door asking for a glass of water – but later discovered her purse and a couple of other items were missing. Police believe the man had attempted to disguise his identity using a coat, scarf and glasses. Christopher Beaney, 40 from Lonsdale Avenue, Bebside, was later arrested and charged with burglary. He appeared at Bedlington Magistrates’ Court on December 28 where he pleaded not guilty to the offence and is next due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on January 25.
  5. Detectives have made a fresh appeal for witnesses after two people were allegedly stabbed in Alnwick minutes apart. The two alleged assaults happened in neighbouring streets in the Northumberland town in the early hours of Thursday, December 27. Officers were first called to an address on Sycamore Avenue at around 1.37am where a 37-year-old man was found and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries consistent with a stabbing. One minute later, a second alleged stabbing was reported at Howling Lane. Emergency services arrived and a 33-year-old woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries consistent with a stabbing. She has since been discharged from hospital. Two men have been charged in connection with the alleged assaults but the officer leading the investigation has made a fresh appeal for witnesses who noticed anything suspicious.
  6. You often won't know you've been clocked by one until it is too late. However the locations of the region's 'red light cameras' have been revealed. And the overwhelming majority are south of the Tyne - with just four in Newcastle. The cameras, located on top of traffic lights, clock drivers who jump a red light. Over 10,000 North East drivers have been fined since 2015, a Freedom of Information request to Northumbria Police has revealed. However the number of fines has almost halved in recent years.
  7. Three people have been arrested after an alleged stabbing in Walker in the early hours of New Year's Day. Police were called to Walker Park Gardens, Newcastle, at 2.19am on Tuesday after receiving a report of an assault. When officers arrived they found a man with suspected knife injuries to his head and calf. The 26-year-old was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries where he remains in a stable condition. A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "An investigation into the assault is ongoing but two men – aged 36 and 26 – and a 27-year-old woman were arrested shortly after the incident was reported.
  8. A former Perdu bouncer accused of attacking a teenager in the Diamond Strip bar has been quizzed by police. Facebook footage showed Lauryn Parker, 19, having an alleged altercation with the bouncer on Halloween. The nightspot sacked him following an investigation. The Security Industry Authoirty (SIA) which regulates doorstaff, suspended his licence - barring him from working in security. Now Northumbria Police has confirmed it has quizzed the doorman as it continues to investigate the incident. A 53-year-old man was interviewed under caution," said a force spokesperson.
  9. A man has appeared in court accused of the attempted murder of a woman in Northumberland. A 33-year-old woman remains in hospital after suffering serious injuries consistent with a stabbing in the early hours of December 27. Police were called at 1.37am to a report of an assault at an address on Sycamore Avenue in Alnwick. Emergency services attended where a 37-year-old man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries consistent with a stabbing. A further report was received at 1.38am of an alleged assault at an address on Howling Lane in Alnwick. Emergency services attended where a 33-year-old woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries consistent with a stabbing. She remains at hospital in a stable condition at this time.
  10. As Chris Dobey skirted over his beloved Newcastle United's defeat to Wolves at the weekend, he cut a relaxed figure ahead of his return to the Alexandra Palace stage. This will be 'Hollywood's' third successive appearance at the World Darts Championship and he will hope to better his best run in 2017, where he was beaten by Dave Chisnall. But like Rafa Benitez's side, Dobey - by his own admission - has endured an 'up and down' year. He started the year off well, reaching the last 16 of the UK Open, as well as second ever Pro Tour final. A mid-year slump in form, saw him miss out on qualification to the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, European Championship and Grand Slam of Darts, but he returned to form in style at last month's Players Championships, reaching the quarter-finals. En route to the quarter-finals he beat five-time major finalist Chisnall, as well as James Wade - who has won two major TV titles this year - before losing out to eventual winner Daryl Gurney. And Dobey has attributed his recent upturn in form to greater dedication on the practice board and insists he is 'full of confidence' heading in to the World Championships.
  11. It has been four years since Paul Nicholson last graced the Alexandra Palace stage. For years, the Geordie-Australian was a permanent fixture in televised darts competition. Brash, erratic, but also immensely talented. You wouldn't change the channel if 'The Asset' was on stage. Nicholson is remembered for some of the most iconic moments in televised darts. His 'wave' to Phil Taylor after beating the 16-time world champion at the UK Open is still spoken about to this day, while the 2012 World Cup final between Nicholson's Australia and Taylor and Adrian Lewis' England was arguably the greatest in the history of the competition. But a loss of form coupled with a number of wrist injuries saw Nicholson slide further and further down the rankings and for the last few years he has had to watch from the sidelines as the sport and the TV competitions continued to grow in stature, global reach and finance. Nicholson even fell off the tour completely at the end of 2016, but instantly regained his Tour Card at 2017 Q-School. Since then, he has quietly set about rebuilding his career and on Friday afternoon, 'The Asset' will make his long-awaited return to the World Championship stage.
  12. The 26th edition of the PDC World Championships rolls into town on Thursday, as darts fans are treated to 18 days of pure tungsten theatre. Rob Cross stunned the sporting world last year, winning the World Championships in his debut year. He thrashed the retiring 16-time world champion Phil Taylor in the final 7-2 to claim his first world title. 'Voltage' will look to join an elite list of players to successfully defend the world title, but he will have to be at his very best to deny pre-tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen. Cross beat Mighty Mike in an exhilarating semi-final last year and the Dutchman is desperate to add a third world crown at the Alexandra Palace. Also looking to become a three-time world champion is Gary Anderson who has won three major titles this year and is many people's tip to win the title. James Wade, Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price have all won major TV tournaments this year as well and will fancy their chances of success, while world number three Peter Wright, Premier League finalist Michael Smith and World Matchplay runner-up Mensur Suljovic must not be ruled out.
  13. A bouncer accused of battering a teenage girl in Perdu has been BARRED from working the doors. The Diamond Strip haunt sacked the bouncer after a Facebook clip of the alleged attack on Lauryn Parker went viral. The 19-year-old claimed the Halloween attack left her bruised and "scared" to go out in Newcastle. Now the doorman has been told he can't legally work on the door of pubs and clubs - although he can appeal. "We have suspended his licence and he cannot legally work in any licensable sector," said a spokesperson for bouncer watchdog the Security Industry Authority. "He has 21 days to appeal our decision.”
  14. Plans for new homes in the open countryside to the west of Bedlington have been thrown out by councillors. The application, for up to 11 detached, two-storey houses on land north-west of Blue House Farm, Netherton Colliery, was turned down at a meeting of the Cramlington, Bedlington and Seaton Valley Local Area Council, where it had been recommended for refusal. In line with the planning officer's advice, the bid was rejected as the site is outside any settlement boundary and therefore in the open countryside. The other two reasons were that the proposal would cause substantial harm to the setting of the grade II-listed Blue House Farmhouse and that it had 'failed to address concerns in regards to highways safety and parking provision at the site'. West Bedlington Parish Council had objected on the grounds that it was outside the settlement boundary, while one neighbour, who lives to the south-east of the proposed site, had raised concerns regarding overlooking and construction traffic during the build phase. However, when pre-application advice was sought last year, the response from the council planners was "mostly supportive of the principle of development on this site".
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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).
  19. 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."
  20. 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.
  21. 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).
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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