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£5m development approved for Alnwick

What Weavers' Court will look like Credit: isos housing

Plans for a new development for older people in Alnwick have been given the green light.

The project, to be known as Weavers’ Court, will provide 58 one and two bedroom apartments.

The development site is on the southern edge of Alnwick.

The aim of the new Extra Care scheme is to promote independence in older and vulnerable people, and to sustain those with chronic and other health conditions in the community.

Developers say it could help prevent admissions to residential care.

Developer Isos Housing say it has been working alongside Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to develop its plans.

Work will start on site in May with completion expected in autumn 2015.

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Honorary Degree for Duchess

Duchess of Northumberland Credit: ITV News

The Duchess of Northumberland will receive an honorary degree from Northumbria University in recognition of the work she does for charity.

She is patron or president of more than 70 charities in the region. She is also responsible for creating the North East's largest visitor attraction, Alnwick Garden.

Police investigate Alnwick attempted burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted burglary in Alnwick.

A man allegedly entered a house on Abbey Lands at around 9:10pm on Friday 22 November. The offender was disturbed by the elderly occupants before making off. He was wearing a balaclava and camouflaged clothing.

A 44-year-old man has been arrested and remains in police custody.

Anyone with information have been asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Duchess will attend art show

Young people in Alnwick are being invited to cover the bus station in spray paint, all in the name of art.

Northumberland County Council, Northumbria Police and community group Gallery Youth have worked with 12 young people to create six designs to reflect Alnwick's culture.

The display will be installed early next month and there will be an official launch on Monday November 4, which will be attended by the Duchess of Northumberland.

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Firefighters battle Alnwick blaze

The fire broke out at approximately 9:42am at Swarland Brick near Alnwick Credit: Kevin Temple

More than 40 firefighters have been tackling a large blaze at a brickworks in Northumberland.

The fire broke out at a warehouse owned by Swarland Brick near Alnwick at approximately 9:42am. Northumberland Fire and Rescue say the fire involves shredded carpet in large bales and that there was a possible involvement of acetylene cylinders.

Covering jets have been put in place to cover the acetylene risk and protect surrounding buildings. Measures have also been taken to prevent contamination of a nearby Lake.

The fire involves large bales of shredded carpet Credit: Kevin Temple
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