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Bedlington road closure after car found in River Blyth

A193 in Bedlington where a car came off the road on Thursday morning. Credit: Google maps

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was found in the River Blyth on Thursday.

Officers received a report at 4.42am that a car travelling on the A193 had come off the road on Attlee Bank in Bedlington.

Emergency services found a Renault Megane car had gone through a barrier, down an embankment and entered the river 50 feet below.

The driver, an 18-year-old man, was rescued from the car and taken to hospital in Cramlington where his condition is described as stable.

The A193 was closed to allow for the car to be removed and re-opened by 9.30am.

Officers want to hear from anyone who was on that stretch of road from midnight onwards who may have witnessed the incident.

Police are appealing for witnesses anyone with information is asked to contact Motor Patrols on 101 quoting reference 111 of 20/04/17.

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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.

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.

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