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Concern for missing Northumberland woman

Police are concerned for the welfare of a Northumberland woman who has not been seen for more than a week.

Natalie Knighting. Credit: Northumbria Police

Natalie Knighting, 36, was last seen at an address on Coomassie Road in Blyth on Saturday September 24th, and was reported missing the following Wednesday.

It is believed she had plans to travel from Blyth to Bedlington, but has not been seen or heard from since.

She was last seen wearing a tartan jacket and bleached blue jeans.

She could also be using a blue bicycle.

Police are concerned for Natalie's welfare and are asking her to make contact with them so that they know she is ok.

Anyone who recognises her or sees a blue Giant push bike is also asked to call the police immediately.

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Biker killed in TT race was 'one of life's gentlemen'

A Northumberland motorcyclist killed in the Isle of Man TT race has been described as 'one of life's gentlemen'.

Ian Bell, 58, from Bedlington, was killed in a crash at Ballaspur during the Sidecar Race 2 on Friday. He was competing with his son, Carl, who was uninjured.

Customers have laid flowers for Mr Bell at his motorcycle dealership in Bedlington. One friend and customer, Anthony Reay, spoke to ITV News earlier.

Race organisers offer 'deepest sympathy' to Bell family

Ian Bell won the Isle of Man TT in 2003 Credit: DOTL

The organisers of the Isle of Man TT have offered their 'deepest sympathy' to the family of a Northumberland biker who died in the race.

Ian Bell, 58, from Bedlington, was killed in an accident at Ballaspur during Friday's Sidecar Race 2.

ACU Events Ltd released the following statement:

Ian, a motorcycle dealer, was married to Trudi and had two children.

He made his TT Races debut in 1995, winning the newcomers trophy, and achieved five podiums during his TT career including a race win in 2003.

ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Ian’s family and friends.

– Statement, ACU Events Ltd

Flowers laid for Northumberland biker killed in Isle of Man TT

Flowers have been left outside Ian Bell Motorcycles in Bedlington Credit: ITV

Flowers have been left at the showroom owned by a Northumberland motorcyclist who died in the Isle of Man TT.

Ian Bell, 58, from Bedlington, was killed in a crash at Ballaspur during the Sidecar Race 2. He was competing with his son, Carl, who was uninjured.

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Northumberland biker dies in Isle of Man TT

Ian Bell and Neil Carpeter, Bell-Yamaha in the Isle of Man TT in 1997 Credit: PA

A biker from Northumberland has died in the Isle of Man TT races.

Sidecar driver Ian Bell, 58, from Bedlington was killed in a crash at Ballaspur during the Sidecar Race 2 in which he was racing with his son Carl, who was reportedly uninjured.

Meanwhile, on the same day as Andrew Soar, 32, of Loughborough died in a separate crash whilst taking part in a different race.

The two deaths bring the number of fatalities at this year's event to five.

It comes a week after sidecar driver Dwight Beare, 27, and motorcyclist Paul Shoesmith, 50, were killed during the first day of the races on June 4.

Dean Martin, 58, also died from injuries suffered in a crash during practice for the Pre-TT classic on May 28.

CCTV of Bedlington car arson released

Police investigating an arson in which two cars were burned in Bedlington have released CCTV footage of the incident.

The two cars were set alight between 11.50pm on Thursday, March 17 and 12.10am on Friday, March 18 on Knox Road.

Police want to identify the man in this video:

Neighbourhood Inspector, Trevor Oakley, said: "Fires of this type can be very dangerous and it is fortunate that no one was injured, particularity residents living near to the parked cars.

"We are appealing for help from the community and anyone who may have spotted suspicious activity around the time of the fire should contact us to help find the person responsible.

"Anyone who believes they may have information to assist with the investigation should contact police straight away."

50 jobs set to be created in Northumberland

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Up to 50 new jobs could be created in Northumberland after major retailer, Lidl unveiled plans for new investment in the county.

Blyth and Bedlington are set for new stores as the county council’s plans to regenerate the towns.

In Blyth, the supermarket giant is planning to move into a bigger store on Cowpen Road, which will double the size of the existing outlet.

In Bedlington a new store is planned at the Council’s current Day Care Centre off Schalksmuhle Road.

Work is set to start in the New Year and the stores will aim to be open before Christmas 2016.

Bedlington rapist jailed for eight years

Christopher Rosean. Credit: Northumbria Police

A rapist has been jailed for eight years for a terrifying attack on a woman in her home.

The victim, who cannot be named, was so traumatised by her ordeal at the hands of Christopher Rosean, who threatened her with a knife, she could not face going back to her house, in South Tyneside, where it happened.

Her fear was so intense she had a panic alarm fitted in her home in a bid to help her feel safe before Rosean was convicted and put behind bars.

Rosean, 41, of Bishops Meadow, Bedlington, denied two rape charges, relating to the same attack, during a trial at Newcastle Crown Court but was found guilty by a jury.

His denials meant his victim had to relive the nightmare of what happened to her from the witness box.

Judge Penny Moreland said Rosean must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim, both orders last a full lifetime.

The judge told Rosean: "She was utterly terrified.

"You used violence to an extreme extent, causing her to be utterly terrified of you.

"It took place in her home and she has been unable to return to that home.

"What you did has had a significant impact upon her.

"She is frightened and scared and you have damaged her self confidence by your offending."

The court heard the victim's work and family life have been hugely effected by her ordeal at the hands of Rosean, who originally comes from America.

Prosecutor Gavin Doig told the court: "This has had a significant impact on her, she had difficulty sleeping after the event and no longer felt safe in her own home."

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