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Drugs recovered in raids in Northumberland

A police operation in Northumberland has resulted in arrests and officers have recovered drugs. Officers from Bedlington carried out four search warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act at properties in Bedlington and Cambois.

Three people were arrested: a 28-year-old man on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug, amphetamine, and a 33-year-old woman on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug Class B, amphetamine both.

Both were bailed pending further enquiries.

Another woman aged 30 was arrested and charged with possessing cannabis and another woman also 30 has been reported for summons on suspicion of possessing a Class C drug, cannabis. Officers also seized a quantity of cannabis and diazepam tablets and amphetamine powder during the house searches.

"We regularly speak with our communities and we know that illegal drug use is an issue that causes concern which is why we are carrying out this operation. Drug use, cultivation or supply all cause misery to our communities and will not be tolerated. We want to encourage people who have information about illegal drugs use to contact their neighbourhood officers. Anyone suspected of being involved in illegal drugs activity should be aware that officers will target them. "

– PC Steven Nicklin, Bedlington Neighbourhood Policing Team

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Man spotted with knife in Bedlington

Police are appealing for information after a man was seen carrying a knife in Bedlington.

The man was seen banging on the front door of an address in Cornwell Crescent on the evening of Wednesday 13 March, and when approached by a neighbour, produced a knife and ran off.

The man is:

  • White
  • Aged between 19 to 23-years-old
  • Around 6 feet tall
  • Of slender build
  • Wearing a blue hoody with a gold Adidas logo on the front

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.

Appeal after Bedlington gravestone damaged

Police are appealing for information after a gravestone was damaged in a cemetery in Bedlington.

The gravestone in the West Lea Cemetery in Netherton Lane was damaged at some point between Thursday 28 February and Wednesday 13 March, and thieves also stole a number of lights that had been left at the grave.

"To carry out damage like this to a gravestone is disgusting and causes a lot of anguish to the victims.

"We are carrying out enquiries into the incident and I'd urge anyone who knows who is responsible to report it to police.

"There is no place in our communities for anyone who thinks behaviour like this is acceptable."

– Bedlington PC Craig Davison

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact police on 101.

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Teenager approached by dog walker

Police are appealing for witnesses after a common assault in Bedlington. At 10pm on 24th October, a 16-year-old girl was approached by a dog walker who spoke to her and put his arm around her waist. The girl was unharmed. The man is in his 50s or 60s, chubby with a white fluffy dog.

Pubs fined for serving under-age drinkers

Two teenage girls were sent to buy alcohol from pubs and off licences in Morpeth and Bedlington, by officers hoping to catch those who serve drinks to under-age customers.

The volunteers - aged 14 and 16 - were served alcohol in the Market Tavern pub in Bedlington. The staff member who served them was fined £80 and management will also be fined.

In the Seen nightclub in Morpeth, both girls were allowed to enter the club and one of them was served alcohol.

Neighbourhood Inspector David Simpson from Northumbria Police said:

"I'm very disappointed that licensed premises continue to serve alcohol to those who are underage.

"Some of the premises we visited though were thoroughly professional and refused to serve the teenagers.

"We will continue to target underage drinking in the local area and action like this sends a strong message out to all licensees that selling to children or allowing kids to drink will not be tolerated here in Northumberland."

– Inspector David Simpson

UNISON members strike over expenses

Staff at the Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust in the Community and Business Unit will be striking for a fourth day. A lobby by UNISON members will take place at Foundry House in Bedlington.

The strike, which is mainly by Occupational Therapists, Community Workers, Social Workers and Health Visitors, is over the trust's decision to cut the travel expenses from 47p to 24p a mile.

However, the trust says that if staff want to stay on the 47p rate, they can by leasing a car through a scheme run by the them.