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Police appeal for missing Berwick woman

Katie Grout Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 23-year-old Berwick woman.

Katie Grout from Goldstone in the town left her home at approximately 7am on Thursday, October 8.

She is described as white, 5 feet 5" tall, very slim build, with shoulder length brown hair with a small scar under her chin.

She was wearing black and white checked trousers, black long sleeved top and grey boots.

Katie left home driving her silver Vauxhall Corsa car registration DY61 HJJ.
She was spotted near Harthill Service Station on the M8 and is believed to be travelling to Glasgow.

Police are concerned for her welfare and are carrying out enquiries to locate Katie.

Officers are appealing for Katie to make contact with them, or anyone who recognises her to call police straightaway.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Scottish League Cup: Defeats for Queen of the South and Berwick

Queen of the South have been knocked out of the Scottish League Cup at the second round stage by Morton. They were the favourites, but lost 1-0 at home after a goal from Ross Forbes.

Berwick Rangers lost 4-1 at Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock.


Deliveries resume for Berwick mothers-to-be

Deliveries are re-starting at Berwick Infirmary Credit: ITV News Border

Women will once again be to give birth at Berwick maternity unit from Monday 1st July.

The service was suspended last August over safety concerns. It was feared that midwives were not receiving enough regular experience because so few deliveries had been taking place there.

Now, women whose births are considered low-risk will be able to have their babies in Berwick. However, the unit will not be staffed 24 hour a day. It will instead use on-call midwives in the evening, overnight and after 2.30pm at weekends.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust describes the new arrangements as 'safe and sustainable'. It says Berwick midwives will continue to work at Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington on rotation, to ensure they are able to regularly practice their full range of skills.

The Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith says he is pleased with the development, but will be studying the details of the on-call service. He wants to know where midwives will be based when they are on call, and how the service can continue during bad weather.

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Full report: Comedian donates Berwick takings to local couple

A couple from Berwick whose son has an incurable disease have been left stunned after the comedian Jason Manford visited their home, and donated the takings from his shows in the town to the family.

10-month-old Roman Greenlees has recently been diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Asper's Disease.

Watch Jenny Longden's report here:


Comedian gives cash to Berwick family

Comedian Jason Manford has donated the takings of 5 shows in Berwick to a local couple, whose son Roman has an incurable, terminal disease.

The Bolton comedian turned up at the Berwick home of Stuart Greenlees and Rachael Laidlaw before one of his shows at The Maltings.

He met their 10 month old son Roman, who has recently been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Alpers disease.

The couple want to make Roman's life as comfortable as possible, and are raising money to buy him specialist sensory equipment.

His parents have set up a website in his name to collect donations.

Since the comedian posted a link to it on his Facebook page, more than £6000 has been donated.

Donations can be given here.

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