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Northumberland prison wing hit by 'disturbance'

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.

Aerial view of HMP Northumberland. Credit: Google Maps

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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No secrets hidden behind mysterious abbey door

The door was opened at Hexham Abbey for the first time in decades. Credit: ITV News

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.

Secrets behind abbey's mysterious door to be revealed

A restoration team uncovered the mysterious door while renovating Hexham Abbey. Credit: ITV

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.

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Thieves steal bride's flowers on eve of her wedding

Thieves who stole wedding flowers worth £1,000, including the bride's bouquet, have been branded "heartless" by police.

The flowers are blue and cream and consist of foxglove, freesia and hydrangea. Credit: Northumbria Police handout

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".

Baby 'thrown' by teen suspected of being on legal high

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.

Salvia Credit: Press Association

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 mark Good Friday with walk to Holy Island

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.

Pilgrims cross from Beal sands to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Pilgrims carry crosses over the causeway Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Pilgrims crossing the sand causeway Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
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