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Cyclist dies after Northumberland collision

A cyclist, who was injured in a collision with a car in Northumberland, has died.

The collision happened on May 23, at 4.15pm, on the roundabout on Northumberland Road, in Tweedmouth. The cyclist was taken to Newcastle RVI by air ambulance with serious injuries.

George Eyre, 62, from Tweedmouth, died on May 24.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

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Man dies in hospital after Ebchester collision

A man has died in hospital after his car collided with a stone wall in Ebchester, near Consett.

It happened on Ebchester Bank, near to The Derwent Walk, just after 7.30pm on May 22.

A Ford Fusion collided with a stone wall and the driver, a 33 year-old local man, was airlifted to the RVI in Newcastle with serious head injuries. His passenger, a 33 year-old woman from Consett, was also taken to the RVI with an arm injury.

The driver died from his injuries without regaining consciousness.

A1 blocked towards Gateshead

The road is blocked on the A1 Western Bypass Southbound between A696 / A167 Ponteland Road / B6918 Ponteland Road (Kenton Bar Roundabout) and A167 Stamfordham Road / B6324 Stamfordham Road (Westerhope Turn Off).

This is affecting traffic from Seaton Burn towards Gateshead. One of the vehicles is reported to have hit the central reservation.

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Refurbishment grant for Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

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The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough is getting a £500,000 refurbishment.

A new exhibition and education space will open next year - ahead of the 250th anniversary of the explorer's first voyage, which will be celebrated in 2018.

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The proposed works will see refurbishment of the Middlesbrough museum’s first floor, alongside the creation of a new temporary exhibition gallery within the main exhibition galleries.

The award – administered by Arts Council England – will also enable the development of new artefact, archive and handling collections and resources to enhance the museum’s existing Cook collections.

The works are expected to take place during the museum’s winter closure period, with completion in time for re-opening in April, 2017.

Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said:

We are always looking for ways to develop our museums to ensure they maintain regional significance, and this grant will enable an important upgrade to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.

The creation of a new interactive exhibition, educational upgrades and a revamp of key areas of the building will keep the museum fresh, relevant and attractive for visitors.”

– Councillor Lewis Young

Controlled explosion on hand grenade carried out near Chester-le-Street

A controlled explosion has been carried out on what is believed to be a live hand grenade near Chester-le-Street.

Durham Police were called this afternoon after an off duty police officer located the device on Waldridge Lane. Police bomb disposal teams then attended.

Durham Police say they are unable to comment on the type of device and or how it came to be there.

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