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Giant ship on North East coast

The world's largest wind turbine installation vessel has moored on the Wear before heading to an offshore site near Blyth.

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Shop robbed at knifepoint

Police are appealing for information after a robbery at a store in Blyth, Northumberland.

The incident happened just before 7.35pm on Saturday, July 26, when a man went into a Premier News at Waterloo Road, threatened staff with what is believed to be a knife and demanded money and cigarettes.

The man then left the store and is believed to have driven away in a black Vauxhall Astra.

No one was injured in the incident.

The man was wearing light blue jeans, a grey hooded sweatshirt with a white motif and a black balaclava.

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Two men charged over stabbing

Two men have been charged after an assault in a Northumberland town. It happened at 4.30 am on Saturday, June 21, when police received a report that a 23-year-old man had suffered a stab wound in an incident in Blyth.

It's believed to have happened in the area of Balfour Street in the town. The victim was taken to the RVI for treatment where his condition is not believed to be life threatening.

Ben David Chesney, 22, of Disraeli Street in Blyth, and Mark Craggs, 30, of Laburnum Avenue in Blyth, were charged with wounding with intent.

They will appear at Mid and South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning, Monday, June 23.

Man stabbed in Blyth

Police have arrested two men after a man was stabbed in Blyth.

It happened at about 4 am this morning (Saturday), near Balfour Street.

He was taken to the RVI where his condition is not believed to be life threatening.

Two men, aged 30 and 22, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding.

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Easter egg run for North East bikers

Hundreds of bikers are taking to the roads on Sunday to deliver Easter eggs to poorly children.

The Blyth Valley Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) Easter Egg run is taking place in Northumberland on Saturday..

The bikers set off from Ashington at 10:30am and the 60 mile route will see them travel across Northumberland taking in Widdrington, Amble, Alnwick, Stannington, Bedlington and Blyth before finishing in Seaton Delaval.

All bikers bring an Easter egg and the eggs will all be donated to children in local hospitals.

Any money raised during the run will be divided between the Great North Air Ambulance and MAG.

Last year the event saw 450 bikes take part and over 1100 Easter eggs donated.

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Nuisance caller, 65, put behind bars

A Northumberland woman who made abusive calls to emergency services has had her sentence doubled. Linda Butcher, 65, of Aldborough Street, Blyth, was handed an eight-week jail sentence suspended for 12 months in July last year for malicious communications and public order offences.

Butcher appeared before South East Northumberland magistrates again after breaching the conditions of the sentence and continuing to commit malicious communications and public order offences.

As well as the original eight-weeks sentence, which now must be spent behind bars, Butcher was handed an additional eight-weeks in custody taking her jail term total to 16-weeks.

"The emergency services who operate in the Blyth area were concerned that Linda Butcher's calls were diverting emergency services from where they were most needed and could have put lives at risk. "We are pleased that the court has taken the matter seriously in imposing a 16-week sentence and we hope this serves as a warning that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and we will take action on anyone committing these sorts of offences."

– PC Dave Ostle, Blyth Neighbourhood Policing Team

Government "disappointed" about end of power plant project

The government said it was "disappointed" that a planned biomass power station at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland is not going ahead. The company behind the plans, RES, announced this morning that it was ending the project.

Blyth biomass plant
The biomass power plant at the port of Blyth will not now go ahead Credit: RES

The Department for Energy and Climate Change released this statement:

“We are disappointed that RES have decided not to take this project forward, however this is a commercial decision.

"The UK is one of the world’s most attractive places to invest in renewable energy, ranking second in the world for biomass. Our electricity market reforms will deliver at least £40 billion of investment in renewables between now and 2020, providing enough power for 10 million homes.”

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