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Two bodies found after kayakers go missing

Two bodies have been recovered as part of a search and rescue operation after three kayakers went missing last night in the River Tyne, Northumberland, said police

A major search and rescue operation is under way on a riverside after a group of kayakers are believed to have gone missing.

Rescue teams have been joined by a Sea King helicopter and the fire service as they search the scene.

Northumberland inmates 'take over prison wing'

More than 50 inmates reportedly took over part of a prison wing. The incident broke out at HMP Northumberland in Morpeth at around 7.30pm yesterday.

Prison Officers Association general secretary Steve Gillan told the BBC that there was a stand-off. He said last night: "We do not know what has sparked this major incident, but I do know that 50 plus inmates have taken over a wing," he said.

"We have teams from other establishments trained to deal with riots on their way. There is concerted indiscipline and our officers will try to contain it."

A spokesman for Sodexo, which operates the prison, said the situation has now been resolved and an investigation is due to be carried out into the incident.

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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."

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.

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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.

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".

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