Inmates are reported to have taken over part of a prison wing. Officials at HMP Northumberland confirmed a "disturbance" was under way, but dismissed as "speculation" the suggestion of a stand-off between inmates and guards.
A spokesman for Sodexo, which operates the prison, said: "We can confirm there is a disturbance at HMP Northumberland.
"It is confined to part of one wing of the prison and we are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible."
The incident has been ongoing since around 7.30pm. The Sodexo spokesman added: "It is not quite resolved yet."
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This beautiful sunrise photograph was taken this morning near Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland.
A mysterious door discovered at Hexham Abbey was finally opened for the first time in decades today to reveal...nothing.
A restoration team uncovered the door while renovating the medieval monastery in Northumberland but it was not known what lay behind it.
Although there was an empty space behind the door when it was opened earlier today, renovators believe it used to house a medieval toilet.
A mysterious door discovered at Hexham Abbey will be opened for the first time in decades today to reveal its secrets.
A restoration team uncovered the door while renovating the medieval monastery in Northumberland but it is not known what lies behind it.
An 84-year-old woman has died after driving the wrong way down a major motorway in Northumberland yesterday.
The pensioner was pronounced dead at the scene on the A1, near Morpeth, Northumberland, after colliding with several cars before crashing into the central reservation.
Thieves who stole wedding flowers worth £1,000, including the bride's bouquet, have been branded "heartless" by police.
The break-in at East Heddon, Northumberland, was reported this morning - just hours before the couple were due to marry.
Sergeant Mick Quinn of Northumbria Police said, "The people who stole these flowers will have been well aware they were to be used for a wedding, and to steal them is completely heartless and thoughtless".
Our advice is - just because it says 'legal' on the packet does not mean it is safe. These products are usually made from chemicals that can have a serious effect on your health.
People appear to be suffering some particularly nasty side effects to this substance, Salvia, and we are concerned that there appears to be a quantity of it circulating in the Ashington area at this time.
If you are in possession of this substance do not use it - and if you have taken it seek medical assistance at once.
A baby has been allegedly grabbed and thrown from its pram by a teenager suspected of taking a legal high called Salvia. The alleged assault happened this afternoon in Newbiggin, Northumberland.
The baby's mother saw someone looking distressed and tried to talk to him, at which point he grabbed the baby. The child suffered minor injuries.
Pilgrims have been marking Good Friday by walking the three-mile causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
The sand causeway, which connects the island to the Northumberland coast, can be crossed on foot at low tide.