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Three arrested after Northumberland robbery

Police have arrested three people after a newsagents shop was robbed in Ashington.

A man armed with a knife entered Langley News, on Langley Road at just before 8:50pm on Saturday 11 October. He threatened a female customer, forcing a staff member to hand over the till. The offender then fled the store and the till was found discarded in a nearby garden.

Two men, aged 39 and 38, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and a 45-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Man assaulted on dance floor in Ashington

Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted on a dance floor in Ashington.

The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday, 6th September. The man, aged 30, was assaulted while he was on the dance floor in New Grand Street on North Seaton Road, Ashington.

He was then assaulted a second time by the same man in Woodhorn Road. The 30-year-old suffered facial injuries and required medical treatment.

Officers are carrying out enquiries to establish the identity of the offender and are asking anyone who was in New Grand Street and saw what happened or has any information to come forward.

Further delays for North East former soldier

Nick Dunn is waiting for permission to return to the UK Credit: Dunn family

The family of a former soldier from Northumberland, who's been held in India, say he's facing further delays in being allowed home.

Nick Dunn, from Ashington, was one of several British men arrested on arms charges, while working on a ship that was protecting other vessels from pirates.

The charges were dropped but he's still waiting for the authorities to allow him to return to the UK.

His family say they hope he'll be allowed home next week.

Car crashes into house in Northumberland

A man has been arrested after a car crashed into a house in Ashington. The collision happened at 8.24am this morning (Sunday 20th July).

A BMW crashed into a house on Alexandra Road, causing substantial damage to the property. The car has now been removed. No-one was injured in the incident.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Northumbria Police officers are carrying out enquiries and are asking any witnesses to contact them by calling 101.

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India arms case: the wait for a ruling goes on

Six British men, including three from this region, must wait another seven days before a judge in India will make a decision about whether charges against them will be thrown out.

At a hearing today, a judge postponed a decision after considering a petition to quash all counts against them.

Nick Dunn from Ashington in Northumberland, and Nicholas Simpson from near Catterick, remain on bail and must stay in India while they fight to have charges against them dropped.

Paul Towers, from near York, remains in prison.

All six men were detained in prison last October, with five of them released on bail in April.

Their company AdvanFort has always insisted the men were working to provide protection to other ships from pirate attacks, but the Indian courts have pressed weapons charges against them.

150th Miners' Picnic in Northumberland today

Miners Picnic 2013. Credit: visitnorthumberland.com

An event which celebrates the North East's mining heritage takes place for the 150th time today.

The Northumberland Miners' Picnic is one of the oldest workers' gatherings of its kind in the country - older even that its neighbour, the Durham Miners' Gala.

The very first Picnic took place in Blyth in 1864 and attracted thousands of miners and their families.

With a few exceptions, the event has taken place annually since in various places from Morpeth to Bedlington, Ashington,

It now takes place at the Woodhorn Museum, near Ashington, and is expected to attract hundreds of visitors.

Ashington referee gets Wembley call up

Michael Oliver studied Sport and Exercise Development at Sunderland University.

A 29-year-old referee from Ashington will take charge of the FA Cup semi-final, between Wigan and Arsenal, this weekend.

Michael Oliver became the youngest person to referee a FA Cup semi-final last year, when he saw Wigan beat Millwall. He was also the youngest person to oversee a Premier League match, at the age of 25, in August 2010.

He studied Sport and Exercise Development at Sunderland University, graduating in 2009.

The match, at Wembley Stadium, will kick-off at 5.07pm this Saturday.

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