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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.

Read: Secrets behind abbey's mysterious door to be revealed

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.

For more on this story visit ITV Tyne Tees.

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.

Theflowers are blue and cream and consist of foxglove, freesia and hydrangea.
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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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
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
Pilgrims carry crosses over the causeway Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Pilgrims crossing the sand causeway
Pilgrims crossing the sand causeway Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Stranded ship could remain stuck for a fortnight

A ship which ran aground near a lighthouse in an important wildlife haven could remain stuck for another fortnight, if it is not shifted tomorrow.

They are waiting for more salvage equipment to be brought in and it is extremely unlikely that there will be any attempt today.

However, they will be making a determined effort, I suspect, tomorrow evening.

If they cannot get it off tomorrow, the chances are it will be stuck for another fortnight.

– Ian Clayton, Seahouses RNLI

The RNLI's Ian Clayton added that lower tides over the next two weeks would hamper any attempt to remove the Danio. Storms are also due to hit the area next week, so the skipper has filled the ballast tanks with sea water to make the vessel more stable.

Rescue operation for stricken ship on Farne Islands

Salvage crews are working out the best way to rescue a ship which ran aground near a lighthouse in an important wildlife haven.

MV Danio
MV Danio Credit: RNLI

The MV Danio was heading from Perth in Scotland, to Belgium, when it got caught on rocks in the Farne Islands. The six crew has spent the night aboard the ship, which lifeboat crews found had a metre-wide hole below the waterline on the port side near the bow.

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