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Police warn public: Don't take "Pinkies"

Northumbria Police have issued a warning about dangerous tablets circulating in the Blyth area. The tablets - known as "Pinkies" - may be either illegal drugs or unprescribed medicine. The warning by Det Supt Lisa Orchard follows the deaths of two men in the past week. A woman is also in a serious condition in hospital. It's not yet known whether any of the three had taken so-called Pinkies.

To see Det Supt Orchard's warning click below.

Police issue warning over 'pinkie' drug

Police have issued a warning about a substance known as 'pinkie' Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are issuing a warning over concerns around a drug known as 'pinkie'.

The substance comes in pink coloured tablets and it is not known if the drug is illegal or an unprescribed medication.

Two men aged in their 30s died, and one woman aged in her 20s, is in a critical condition in hospital in Blyth after taking drugs. Although it is not known whether the three took the tablets in question.

Superintendent Lisa Orchard, from Northumbria Police, said:

Drugs are illegal for a reason they are simply not safe and drug users are taking a huge risk by taking them, likewise the consequences of taking medication that has not been prescribed can be very serious.

Our advice is simply do not take illegal drugs or medication that has not been prescribed. Anyone who has taken an illegal substance or medication that has not been prescribed to them and falls ill should seek immediate medial attention.

People who have prescribed medication should continue to take this as advised by their doctor.

An investigation into the supply of these tablets has begun and I would urge anyone who has any information to come forward and speak to us.

– Superintendent Lisa Orchard, Northumbria Police

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in drugs supply.

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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.

Two men rescued from sea off Northumberland coast

Two men, aged 19 and 21, have been airlifted to hospital after getting into trouble swimming in Cambois Bay, Northumberland.

A lifeboat was launched from the RNLI station at Blyth at around 1.30pm. The men were in the water for around 20 minutes before they were airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, by a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer.

Woman loses locket in attempted bag snatch

A woman has had a locket stolen during an attempted bag snatch in Blyth.

A man on a bike approached the 44-year-old victim on Newsham Road and tried to grab the bag she was carrying.

She managed to keep hold of it but during the struggle the offender grabbed the locket she was wearing around her neck.

Northumbria Police have just released details of the attack which happened at 5:30pm on Friday, June 26.

The offender is described as being white, in his early 20s, of thin / medium build and with brown hair.

He was wearing a sky blue hooded top and blue jeans and was riding a black BMX bike.

Anyone with any information into the theft is asked to contact police in Blyth on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1125 260615.

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Man tries to snatch handbag in Blyth

Police are appealing for information after an attempted bag theft in Blyth. It happened at 8:55am on Tuesday, June 9. A 57-year-old woman was walking between Railway Street and the Leisure Centre when she was approached from behind by a man on a bike who tried to snatch her handbag. He was unable to grab it and cycled off in the direction of Newsham Road empty handed. The woman was uninjured but left shaken by the incident.

The man is described as being white, skinny and around 5ft 4ins tall. He had dark hair and a thin long face. He was wearing a blue hooded top and black trousers and was riding a BMX bike.

Appeal after three Blyth burglaries

Police are appealing for information following three house burglaries in Blyth.

The first happened at 3.51am on May 21, when an offender entered through a bathroom window at a house on Lindale Avenue.

The second happened at 4.34am, when an offender broke into a house on Monkdale Avenue before making off by the back door, nothing was stolen.

At 4.45am, police received a third report of a burglary on Swaledale Avenue after a resident woke to find an offender had entered through a conservatory door and stolen a handbag.

"Officers are currently in the area carrying out enquiries and offering reassurance to residents.

"At this stage we believe the burglaries may be linked and ask for anyone who may have been in the area at the time and noticed anyone acting suspicious to contact us."

– Detective Inspector Dave Swinburne

Blyth crematorium will stay closed until October

The Cowpen Crematorium in Blyth will remain closed until the autumn. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Cowpen Crematorium in Blyth will not reopen until October, seven months after it was gutted by fire.

Dozens of funerals had to be cancelled after the blaze in March. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Members of the public can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

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