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  1. Bethany Fisher’s devastated parents bravely read out heartbreaking statements in court as the killer driver who took their “beautiful daughter” from them was locked up. Mum Isabel Easson found her daughter dying after Jordan O’Donnell lost control of his Ford Mondeo ST outside her house. O’Donnell was “on the face of it showing off” after offering to give 19-year-old birthday girl Bethany and her best friend, Meg McBurnie, a lift. As he reached estimated speeds of around 60mph in residential streets of Bedlington, Northumberland, the girls in the back seat asked him to stop it. But as the 20-year-old - who had only passed his test weeks earlier - carried out a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre on a bend, he lost control, smashing into parked cars, careering out of control and hitting a fence and wall. The noise of the crash woke Isabel and she went out into the street on Victoria Terrace to seek to help - only to be confronted with the horrific scene of her daughter fatally injured and Meg lying on the ground screaming in agony.
  2. A teenager out celebrating her 19th birthday was killed outside her mum’s home by a danger driver who ignored her pleas to slow down then fled the scene and left her to die. Jordan O’Donnell was “on the face of it showing off” behind the wheel of a high-powered saloon after offering to give Bethany Fisher and her best friend, Meg McBurnie, a lift. As he reached estimated speeds of around 60mph in residential streets of Bedlington, Northumberland, the girls in the back seat asked him to stop it. But as the 20-year-old - who had only passed his test weeks earlier - carried out a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre on a bend, he lost control, smashing into parked cars, careering out of control and hitting a fence and wall. The noise of the crash woke Bethany’s mum, Isabel Easson, and she went out into the street on Victoria Terrace to seek to help - only to be confronted with the horrific scene of her daughter fatally injured and Meg lying on the ground screaming in agony. Despite the devastation he had caused, O’Donnell callously fled to his home nearby and calmly phoned police, lying that his turbo-charged Ford Mondeo ST had been stolen during a burglary at his home and requesting police attend.
  3. People are dying because passers by are too scared to carry out CPR – a heart charity has claimed. The British Heart Foundation said 85% of people would not give CPR if someone suffered a cardiac arrest due to a lack of knowledge. Every minute without CPR increases a person’s risk of death by around 10%. The BHF survey found that just 41% of people in the North East would feel confident giving CPR to a stranger, citing concerns about causing more harm than good. However, more than a third of North East residents feel they lack the skills and knowledge to perform CPR at all. Mike Jones, 63, from Nedderton near Bedlington, had his life saved by CPR when he suffered a cardiac arrest on June 19 after a game of table tennis.
  4. They are the scenes of some of the North East’s most notorious crimes - but how many people realise it? Most are mundane sites you wouldn’t look twice at. But due to events they have the notoriety of being a part of the region’s criminal history. While some have changed beyond recognition due to re-development, others look familiar to those who remember the original crimes. Here we list the scenes of the most infamous of crimes as they were when the event took place and how they look now. Location: Pesspool Bridge, South Hetton, County Durham. January 5, 1967. Arguably the North East’s most famous crime, the so-called ‘one-armed bandit murder’ which reputedly helped inspire the Get Carter film starring Michael Caine.
  5. Former Journal and Chronicle reporter Dave Black has died suddenly aged 61. The father-of-two died at home in the early hours on Sunday morning. Dave was a well-respected journalist who worked for the Northumberland Gazette before moving to work for the Journal in 1986. His family have been left devastated by his sudden unexpected death. He leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Linda, daughter Cassie, 29, son, Robbie, 32 and step-daughter Donna Anderson. He lived in Alnwick for over 30 years and covered south east Northumberland for both the Chronicle and the Journal before he left four years ago.
  6. Control freak Carl Tennant subjected his partner to a terrifying attack after complaining that his breakfast was not ready - then set about giving her a “broken nose for Christmas”. The brute had already sought to snuff out any independence the woman had, even discouraging her from travelling to visit friends and family. A court heard he viewed his then-girlfriend’s primary duty as being to serve and look after him. In October last year he launched an attack after complaining about their relationship and about his breakfast not being ready, Newcastle Crown Court heard. He grabbed her and pushed her, threw a piece of metal artwork at her and lifted her up by her ankles. When Tennant noticed she was bleeding he dragged her upstairs to run a bath and threw the hysterical woman in, fully clothed.
  7. The devastated family of tragic Bethany Fisher have opened up their hearts for the first time since the teenager’s death. The 19-year-old was on a night out celebrating her birthday with friends when she was fatally injured in a car crash on Victoria Terrace, Bedlington, on August 19. Jordan O’Donnell was behind the wheel of a Ford Mondeo when he lost control of the vehicle. Passenger Bethany died from her injuries while her best pal Meg McBurnie, who was also in the car, was seriously hurt in the crash. Bethany’s auntie Suzanne Scott, from Blyth, revealed the family is still struggling to come to terms with losing their “beautiful girl”. Holding back the tears, the mum-of-three said: “I’m absolutely heartbroken and can’t believe I won’t see or hear her voice again.
  8. All lined up in their new uniforms with their new classmates and teachers, these photographs are a historic document for every child pictured - and their families - and they are very cute too! The half-days and half-classes are over and the children are settling in to their new routine with new friends. We are delighted to feature roughly 1000 of them - and wish every one very many happy and successful school days to come. Some of the photographers were sent in by schools and others were taken by our staff. They will all feature in our First Class supplement printed in the Chronicle on Friday, September 29, a lasting memento to treasure. So put that date in your diary! You can buy a copy of the photographs we took for your family archive at www.chroniclelive.co.uk/buyaphoto You can also telephone 0191 201 6001 or call in to our reception in the Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED. Or just enjoy them here! The schools who took part are Appletree Gardens, Monkseaton; Backworth Park Primary School; Balliol Primary School, Longbenton; Beaconhill Community Primary School, Cramlington; Bearpark Primary School, Durham; Blackfell Primary School Washington ; Bridgewater, Newcastle; Browney Academy in Durham; Byker Primary School ; Caedmon Primary School, Gateshead; Canning Street Primary School, Benwell; Colliery Primary School, Dipton; Delves Lane Primary School, Consett; Denbigh Community Primary School, Wallsend; Dunston Hill Community School, Gateshead; Forest Hall Primary School. Also Kelvin Grove Community Primary School, Gateshead; Larkspur Community Primary School, Beacon Lough East; Malvin’s Close Primary Academy, Blyth; Moorside Community Primary School, Arthurs Hill; Mortimer Primary School, South Shields; Mountfield Primary School, Kenton; New York Primary School; Prudhoe Castle First School, Prudhoe, Northumberland; Seaton Sluice First School; Seghill First School, Cramlington; Sherburn Primary School Hill Site, County Durham; St Aidan’s RC Primary School, Ashington.
  9. Heartbroken friends have paid tribute to a teenager who was tragically killed in a car crash while out celebrating her birthday. Bethany Fisher was fatally injured when the Ford Mondeo she was in hit several parked vehicles on Victoria Terrace, Bedlington, on August 19. Childhood friend Sophia Chisholm described the 19-year-old as having a bubbly personality who always kept a smile on everyone’s faces. Sophia, 16, said: “We were like a married couple at work. We would bicker about little stupid things and wind each other up but we were the closest. She was like my best friend. “She text me and my friend Cheryl the day before she died telling us how much she loved us and she said we made her feel like we were all a little family. “Unfortunately a member of our little family has been taken away from us but she has left a big mark on my life.”
  10. A devastated teenager who survived the crash which killed her best friend on a birthday night out has spoken of her heartbreak. Bethany Fisher was fatally injured when the Ford Mondeo she was in hit several parked vehicles on Victoria Terrace, Bedlington, on August 19. Despite the efforts of neighbours and paramedics, the 19-year-old died of her injuries before she could reach hospital. Meg McBurnie, 19, was also in the vehicle and has been left with serious injuries after the collision. Paying tribute to her best friend, Meg said: “Everyone loved her and her funeral was the hardest day of my life. “From the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep, I’m always thinking about her. It still doesn’t feel real.
  11. This is the killer danger driver who left one teenage girl dead and another seriously injured. Jordan O’Donnell was behind the wheel of a Ford Mondeo when he lost control last month. Passenger Bethany Fisher died from her injuries while Meg McBurnie, who was also in the car, was badly her. After the crash in Bedlington, Northumberland, O’Donnell rang police and pretended his car had been stolen. As we revealed previously, he has been warned he faces a significant spell behind bars after admitting offences including causing death by dangerous driving. Now police have released his mugshot ahead of his sentencing hearing next month.
  12. Killer driver Jordan O’Donnell has admitted causing the death of a teenager and seriously injuring another girl in a horror crash. The 20-year-old was behind the wheel of a Ford Mondeo with no insurance when he lost control in Bedlington, Northumberland, last month. Passenger Bethany Fisher tragically suffered fatal injuries while Meg McBurnie, also in the car, was left seriously hurt. After the collision, O’Donnell rang police and lied that his car had been stolen. Now he has been warned he is likely to receive a lengthy prison after he admitted offences including causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and doing acts intending to pervert the course of justice Judge Tim Gittins, at Newcastle Crown Court, told O’Donnell, who appeared on a video-link to HMP Durham: “You having pleaded guilty to the offences you face, obviously the likelihood is a significant custodial sentence.
  13. A thug who stamped on an innocent stranger’s face during a horrific and unprovoked attack in a Northumberland pub has been jailed for five years. Vile Jack Stevenson floored David Wailes with a punch and began stamping on his head, leaving him with a broken eye socket. The vicious attack took place two days before Christmas, while the victim was celebrating a Christmas night out at the Grapes Pub in Bedlington. Stevenson, 25, who had previous convictions for battery, criminal damage and dangerous driving, has been locked up for five years. His “mindless” attack has been condemned by police, who say there was no altercation or argument that provoked Stevenson to attack. After brutally assaulting Mr Wailes, Stevenson punched an 18-year-old man and fled the scene.
  14. A Ponteland home valued at more than a million pounds was the most expensive property sale in the North East in July. Data released from the Land Registry reveals the biggest property sales during that period in both England and Wales. The most expensive sale in July across those countries was a terraced house in the London borough of Kensington which fetched almost £10 million. In the North East, the only home to break the million-pound barriers was a property on Darras Road in Ponteland. Two homes in Jesmond rounded out the podium positions, each selling for more than £800,000. From Gosforth and Jesmond in Newcastle, to Hexham and Morpeth in Northumberland, here’s a look at the most expensive properties to change hands in the region in July:
  15. A ‘bouncer’ was brought in to watch over frustrated mums as parents made a last minute rush to a school uniform store on Tyneside, it has been claimed. As hundreds of parents queued to get uniforms to send their off-spring back to school, they told how a security guard stood over at Emblematic shop on North Tyneside Industrial Estate in Longbenton . The company also has stores in Bedlington and Darlington and supply uniforms to almost 400 schools across the region. But as the final days of the school summer holidays drew near, mums came out in droves to buy uniforms in time for their sons’ and daughters’ return. It follows scenes elsewhere in the country when parents left young shop assistants in tears in a last-minute crush for school clothes. A shopkeeper at a major supplier in Gloucestershire was reported saying next year he said he is considering having someone stand guard on the door to stop people allegedly walking out with items of clothing because they can’t be bothered to queue for the till.
  16. Almost 2,000 new homes will be built across Northumberland, creating dozens of jobs. Six separate applications poised to change the face of the county were given the go-ahead by councillors. Developer Hindhaugh Homes was granted permission to build 500 homes on land near James Calvert Spence College in Amble at a meeting on Tuesday. The company said the two, three and four-bedroom properties will “enhance the profile of the local area by providing a distinctive community atmosphere”. But Amble councillor Terence Clark feared the homes will be overpriced and the town’s amenities will not be able to cope. He said: “People in the ward don’t think that the infrastructure will be able to take it. It is like another town being built.
  17. A carnival atmosphere was created in Northumberland as tens of thousands of people turned out for the second stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain . From Kielder to Blyth, the spectators lined the streets creating a wall of noise as the cyclists powered their way around the 211km course. And the county’s beautiful countryside provided an impressive backdrop for one of the most exciting events on the racing calendar. Despite the huge climbs and tricky corners, the riders weren’t short of passionate support from the pavements. People transformed their streets and gardens into a sea of red and yellow - the colours of the Northumberland flag - by hanging metres of bunting and flags to welcome them. For the start of the race, hundreds of people descended on Kielder Dam as more than 100 riders were introduced to the crowd.
  18. Millions of pounds could be generated for Northumberland’s economy on Monday as the next stage of Britain’s top cycling race gets under way. The county is hosting the second stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, starting in the heart of Kielder before a dramatic finish on the coast of Blyth. And tens of thousands of spectators are expected to line the streets as the 211km route is decorated in red and yellow bunting and displays - the colours of the Northumberland flag. The cycling extravaganza is being shown live on ITV4 and will be broadcast in more than 120 countries. Coun Richard Wearmouth, Northumberland County Council’s cabinet member for economic development, predicts the race could be another big hit after it generated £2.2m for county two years ago. He said: “In 2015 the Tour of Britain gave a real boost to the local economy and we’re confident this year’s stage which is entirely in the county, will be great news for businesses in Northumberland. “In 2015 only the final three hours were broadcast live on TV - this year we have the complete stage broadcast throughout the day worldwide from Kielder to Blyth.
  19. The eyes of the world will be on Northumberland on Monday as the eagerly anticipated OVO Energy Tour of Britain returns to the county. The streets are expected to be decked in red and yellow, the colour of the Northumberland flag, as thousands of spectators gather to catch a glimpse of the cyclists. Northumberland will host an entire stage of the race, starting in the heart of Kielder before a dramatic finish on the coast of Blyth. And the excitement is building as the world’s elite riders get ready to whizz through 28 towns and villages, covering a total of 211kms. Northumberland County Council leader Peter Jackson said: “The race will travel through some fantastic scenery and pass iconic landmarks including Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle. “The tour is to be broadcast in over 120 countries and we look forward to providing a warm welcome to the competitors and supporters and showcasing our beautiful county and communities to a huge global audience.”
  20. Two heroes who saved the life of a man suffering a cardiac arrest have been nominated for an award. Robbie Beckwith and off duty Police Community Support Officer Mark Rodgers were playing table tennis at Ouston Community Centre when they heard a call for help. Mike Jones, 63, had just finished a match at the Chester-le-Street centre when he suddenly collapsed. The pair quickly realised the father-of-three’s heart had stopped beating and started performing CPR until paramedics and an emergency care assistant from the North East Ambulance Service arrived on the scene. Mike, of Nedderton, near Bedlington, was then shocked with a defibrillator before transporting him to Newcastle’s Freeman hospital. Robbie and Mark’s quick thinking saved Mike’s life and they have now both been nominated for a Chronicle Champions award in the category of Outstanding Act of Bravery.
  21. Councillors are set to give the go-ahead for the construction of almost 2,000 homes in Northumberland. Developments in Amble, Blyth, Ashington, Bedlington and Choppington have all been earmarked for approval by Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee. Developers are expected to be granted permission to build 500 homes on a site near James Calvert Spence College in Amble at a meeting on Tuesday. Plans for 500 properties off Glebe Farm in Bedlington could also get the nod, as well as another 200 homes on land off Summerhouse Lane in Ashington. In Blyth, two developments for 300 and 142 homes respectively are expected to go-ahead, while another 327 properties could be built on land at Willow Burn in Choppington. Below we take a look at each application in more depth.
  22. Excitement is building for the eagerly-anticipated return of the Tour of Britain to Northumberland. Covering 117 miles and passing through 26 communities, the world’s elite riders will descend on the county next week. The race - one of the most prestigious dates on the cycling calendar - sees riders compete over eight days across the UK. The Northumberland stage starts in Kielder Water and Forest Park and finishes in Blyth. Here is everything you need to know about the event. It is British Cycling’s premier road race and the country’s largest free-to-watch live annual sporting event.
  23. Car tyres have been slashed in ‘revenge attacks’ following the death of a teenager in Bedlington . Police have urged the community not to take the law into their own hands as they revealed the 10 vehicles targeted were not involved in the fatal crash on Sunday. Bethany Fisher, 19, died in a crash on Victoria Terrace in the Northumberland town early on Saturday, reportedly after a night out celebrating her birthday. Despite the efforts of neighbours and paramedics, she died of her injuries before she could reach hospital. Jordan O’Donnell appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Monday in connection with the collision. Now Northumbria Police have asked the community to “come together at this difficult time and not take the law into their own hands” on their Twitter account.
  24. A man accused of causing the death of a teenager by dangerous driving has been remanded in custody. Jordan O’Donnell appeared in the dock at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Monday. The 20-year-old is alleged to have been driving a silver Ford Mondeo car when it crashed into other vehicles on Victoria Terrace, in Bedlington, killing 19-year-old passenger Bethany Fisher. O’Donnell, of Waverley Court, Bedlington, made his first appearance in court after being charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident. Wearing a grey tracksuit, he spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the hearing on Monday. Because of the seriousness of the death by dangerous driving offence, no pleas were taken to any of the four charges.
  25. A 20-year-old man has been charged with causing the death of Bedlington teenager Bethany Fisher by dangerous driving in an early-morning crash. Jordan O’Donnell of Waverley Court, Bedlington, is accused of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failing to report a collision. Bethany, 19, was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning, reportedly after a night out celebrating her birthday. Despite the efforts of neighbours and paramedics, she died of her injuries before she could reach hospital. A second woman, who was also hurt in the crash, remains in hospital in a stable condition with what police say are “serious but not life threatening injuries”. Two other men, who were arrested on Saturday, have been released and will face no further charges.
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