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New director at HMP Northumberland

HMP Northumberland now has a new director in place after his predecessor was promoted to a new role. Tony Simpson took on the role at the category C prison, which is run by private-sector operator Sodexo, in 2015, but he has now handed over to Nick Leade

today, 17:15 in Art & Culture

Scouts to pedal for pounds

Mid Northumberland District Scouts will be taking on their first cyclathon this weekend, in aid of Mind – the mental-health charity. The young people and adult volunteers are aiming to cycle 950 miles; the distance between the centre of their district an

today, 14:38 in Art & Culture

Argos stores bag money for cancer charity

Staff and customers at Argos, in Alnwick, are celebrating after stores in the region reached their £100,000 fund-raising target for charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support. The target was initially set as a challenge by Cramlington store manager Nicola

today, 14:38 in Art & Culture

Pair complete 24-hour walking marathon

Friends who walked around the clock have raised more than £700 for charity. Derek Allan, from South Broomhill, and Shaun Watts, of Hadston, did laps of Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society. The pair walked for 24 h

today, 11:41 in Art & Culture

Father and daughter to do 10,000ft skydive

A father with Parkinson’s Disease is teaming up with his daughter to brave a skydive for the charity which supports those living with the debilitating condition. Ron Bernstein, from Alnwick, and 17-year-old Olivia, from Rothbury, are setting their sights

today, 11:41 in Art & Culture

Motion to withdraw and review Northumberland’s key planning document

The years-long effort to create a development framework for Northumberland looks set to be delayed further as a motion to withdraw and review the core strategy has been submitted. Despite the Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy being submitted to the

today, 08:18 in Art & Culture

Is this St Aidan’s first church on Holy Island?

Archaeologists have made exciting new discoveries which may well have turned a long-held belief about Holy Island on its head. Many in academic and ecclesiastical circles have long maintained that the close linear arrangement of the Parish Church of St M

today, 08:18 in Art & Culture

Feast of food on offer at Taste of The North

A two-day showcase of local food and drink proved to be a recipe for success, attracting a huge number of visitors. The annual Taste of The North was held in Alnwick Market Place last Saturday and Sunday. During the opening day, a record number of Harley

today, 06:16 in Art & Culture

Wizard weekend was just magic

A magical time was had by all during a wizard weekend at Alnwick Castle, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book. JK Rowling’s debut novel was published on June 26, 1997, and Alnwick Castle was used as Hogwarts School of Witchcra

today, 06:16 in Art & Culture

The Northumberland coast in a day

An Amble man is walking the entire length of the Northumberland Coast Path on Thursday in a bid to raise £500 for charity. Paul Yuill, who works at Heighley Gate Garden Centre, near Morpeth, is walking the 100km or 62-mile stretch from Berwick to Cresswe

today, 06:16 in Art & Culture

Pair found guilty of murdering Owen Kerry on Christmas Eve

Two people have been found guilty of murdering a teenager in Cramlington. Owen Kerry was stabbed during an altercation outside Cramlington Workmen’s Social Club at around 10.30pm on Christmas Eve last year. The 19-year-old, from Cramlington, passed away

yesterday, 16:16 in Art & Culture

Fly-past in Northumberland will not go ahead this afternoon

A special fly-past which was due to be staged in Northumberland today to mark an anniversary milestone will not go ahead as planned, due to poor weather conditions. The 72 (Reserve) Squadron from RAF Linton-on-Ouse, in North Yorkshire, was set to conduct

yesterday, 15:39 in Art & Culture

Funding boost for the arts in Northumberland

The Arts Council is set to double its annual funding to Northumberland as the investment for the next four years was announced today. In the county, a total of £4,760,976 is being invested over four years from April 2018 in Arts Council national portfoli

yesterday, 15:04 in Art & Culture

Berwick Labour confident after improved showing on June 8

The Berwick branch of the Labour Party celebrated the progress made in the recent General Election at a packed meeting at the Brown Bear in Berwick last week. Having replaced the Lib Dems as the only real challenger to the Conservative Party in the Berwi

yesterday, 15:04 in Art & Culture

Police appeal for wanted man from Northumberland

Police are asking for the public’s help to trace a wanted man from Northumberland. Sean Coleman, 26, is wanted on a prison recall as he is suspected of driving dangerously in the Ashington area. Coleman, of Ashington Drive, Stakeford, was convicted of dr

yesterday, 12:48 in Art & Culture

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