1:49 pm, Wed 24 Apr 2013 Ashington fire 'not suspicious'
Northumberland fire 'not suspicious'
A fire that took place at a house in Northumberland is no longer being treated by police as suspicious.
The fire, that broke out at a house on Portia Street in Ashington in the early hours of yesterday morning, was initially thought to have been caused by an arson attack.
Police now believe that the cause of the fire was accidental and are no longer investigating the incident.
Two people, who were rescued from the house and taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, have since been released.
1:30 pm, Tue 23 Apr 2013 Ashington fire 'not suspicious'
Wheelie bin fire spreads to family home
A family were rescued from their home after a wheelie bin fire spread to their house. The fire in Portia Street in Ashington is being treated as arson. An investigation is now underway.
Wheelie bin fire spread to the house
The family were rescued after the fire spread
Police at the scene
1:25 pm, Tue 23 Apr 2013 Ashington fire 'not suspicious'
Ashington arson investigation
Police are treating a fire in Ashington as arson. Officers believe a wheelie bin was deliberately set on fire before it spread to a house through a window. The family who were inside the house on Portia Street had to be rescued at 3am. They were taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.
"This was a distressing incident for the occupants of the house.
"Extra officers will be in the area to both reassure residents and to carry out enquiries into the fire and make sure those who are responsible are apprehended."
– Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce
An investigation is now underway and police are asking anyone with information to come forward.
1:07 pm, Tue 23 Apr 2013 Ashington fire 'not suspicious'
Family rescued from home after wheelie bin fire
A family had to be rescued from their home in Ashington after a wheelie bin fire spread to their house in Northumberland.
Police believe that the fire spread through a window after a bin was set alight on Portia Street.
The family were taken to hospital in the early hours of the morning where they were treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.
Neighbouring houses were also evacuated as a precautionary measure.
5:28 pm, Fri 22 Mar 2013
Men convicted of animal cruelty
Two men from Ashington men have been convicted of animal cruelty offences.
33-year-old Christopher Hindmarsh, of Links View and 30-year-old Gavin Young, of Pont Street, were arrested in connection with tampering with a badger set in Longhorsley in April of last year.
The two men were charged after a joint investigation with the RSPCA, and they appeared at Bedlington Magistrates Court earlier this month - where they were found guilty of animal cruelty offences.
Hindmarsh was ordered to pay £320 court costs and Young was ordered to pay £338 court costs.
Hindmarsh - banned from keeping animals for three years - had both of his dogs seized by police due to the condition they were being kept with.
A mobile phone belonging to Young was also seized after images of animal cruelty were found on it.
1:15 pm, Thu 21 Mar 2013
Man has ear bitten off in Ashington
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Northumberland and had part of his ear bitten off.
The attack happened shortly before midnight on Saturday 16 March when a 19-year-old man was assaulted in an alleyway near to Poundland in Ashington town centre.
Police are particularly keen to speak to a group of men in the area who they believe may have witnessed the assault.
Officers believe that the people involved are known to each other, and an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and has since been bailed.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
3:23 pm, Wed 06 Mar 2013
Man attacked with hammer in Ashington
Police want to speak to this man in relation to the incident
Credit: Northumbria Police
Police have released a photo of a man they want to speak to after a man was attacked with a hammer in Ashington.
A man was approached on Third Avenue on the afternoon of Friday 1 March and was hit over the head with a hammer. His attacker then fled the scene.
The man was left with a cut to his head, but managed to get a photo of the man who police want to speak to in connection with the assault.
His attacker is also believed to have been in the company of a number of men on motorbikes.
Anyone who recognises the man in the photograph, or who may have witnessed the incident, is being asked to contact police on 101.
10:15 am, Sun 27 Jan 2013
Two teenagers assaulted in Ashington
Two teenage boys have been assaulted in Ashington, Northumberland. Police say the 16-year-olds were approached by a group of young people on the evening of 25th January.
One suffered facial injuries and another a fractured wrist during the attack on Hawthorn Road. They were both taken to hospital.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101.
4:33 pm, Tue 22 Jan 2013
Appeal to trace woman after Ashington assault
Police are trying to trace a woman after a man was assaulted in Ashington town centre on Wednesday January 2nd.
A 26-year-old man was assaulted around half past midnight outside the Priceless shoe shop on Station Road.
He was standing with a group of friends when a woman approached and punched him in the face, although he was not badly hurt.
The woman is described as:
Long dark straight hair
Of skinny built
Wearing a light coloured knitted jumper and striped blue leggings.
She was with two other females who may have witnessed the incident but did not get involved.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
1:16 pm, Fri 04 Jan 2013
Appeal after assault in Ashington
Police in Northumberland are appealing for information after an assault in Ashington.
The assault happened in the early hours of New Year's Day on Second Avenue between Portia Street and Katherine Street.
A 31-year-old man was walking along the street when he was approached by another man who punched him in the face, fracturing his jaw.
He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for treatment and has since been discharged.
Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact CID in Bedlington on the 101 non-emergency number.
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