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Concern for welfare of missing Blyth man

Northumbria Police say they are concerned for the welfare of Blyth man Rikki Broom, who was last seen at a hospital in Newcastle on Tuesday evening.

Rikki Broom - do you know where he is? Credit: Northumbria Police

Rikki Broom, 32, from Richard Street in Blyth, was reported missing on September 13 at 6pm.

He was last seen at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

He is described as 5 feet 8" tall, and was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt and black and red shorts.

Police are appealing for Rikki to make contact with them, or for anyone who recognises him to call the police immediately.

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Entire house converted into cannabis farm in Northumberland

Police have recovered a cannabis farm covering an entire house in Northumberland.

Officers from Blyth Neighbourhood Policing Team were alerted after a resident reported that the house in Sandfield Road in East Sleekburn had been broken into on September 13, at 9am.

Police found the entire house had been converted into a cannabis farm with more than 250 plants installed in several rooms. The plants are valued at up to £60,000 and have now been removed from the house. They will be destroyed.

CSO Beverley Sellars and some of the cannabis plants

"We know the use of cannabis damages our communities and causes concern to local people and we do all we can to prevent the cultivation and supply of this dangerous drug.

"We rely on members of the community reporting suspicious activity to us so we can deal with it effectively."

– Blyth Neighbourhood Inspector Grant Dawson

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

Records number of callouts for Tynemouth Life Brigade

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade attended 25 callouts during August of 2016. This is a new record for the number of incidents during one month.

The month started quietly with the first incident occurring on 6th August. Since then, the team has attended a variety of calls, including a number of major incidents, two of which occurred within 20 minutes of each other on August 18.

August is traditionally a very busy time for the TVLB due to the school summer holidays and the large number of tourists who visit the area, and this year there has also been an extended period of reasonable weather.

The Tall Ships Regatta at Blyth also saw hundreds of thousands of people descend on the wider local area and a number of incidents that the team attended were linked to this event.

"Our current total of 97 calls during 2016 is one of the highest totals we have ever had at this time of year and suggests we are likely to have one of our busiest years on record. This record was set in 2008 when the Brigade attended 147 calls across the year."

– TVLB

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Blyth tall ships undock

The tall ships Regatta in Blyth is drawing closer with the Parade of the Sail event.

The ships have undocked and are sailing in a flotilla along the coast from Blyth before the official start of a race to Gothenburg, in Sweden.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The regatta began last Friday, and has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the Northumberland coast.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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