A man who narrowly escaped a near-death experience with a cargo ship said he was swimming in a harbour because it was cheaper than his local pool.
The swimmer was spotted crossing Blyth harbour on Sunday afternoon and an RNLI lifeboat was soon on the scene.
He had already disturbed a number of boats and narrowly avoided a 400-ton cargo ship that had arrived in port that afternoon.
When confronted by lifeboat crews, the man refused assistance, claiming he was only there because it was a lot cheaper than paying to swim in nearby Blyth Sports Centre.
He then swam to the side and was seen talking to police who had also been called to the scene but was not arrested.
Our crew couldn't believe it when they were called – we haven't had too many reports of people swimming across the harbour, because it's so dangerous with all the boats coming in.
He's a lucky man.
Police are investigating after a mobile phone was stolen from a van in Northumberland.
It happened about 3.30pm on Monday, 1st September when the Renault van was parked at the Asda supermarket at Cowpen Road in Blyth.
A man was seen to smash the window of the van which was parked in the taxi bay at the supermarket and steal a phone from inside. The stolen phone is a white Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the theft to contact them.
Police are appealing for help to trace a missing Sunderland teenager.
Craig Shaw, 15, from the Blackfell area of Washington, left his home address at Westernmoor at 1pm on Saturday, 30th August. He was reported missing later that night.
It's believed he may be in the Blyth area of Northumberland as he has family and friends in that area.
While he has been in contact with family since he was last seen and it's not unusual for him to be away from home, officers need to trace Craig to ensure he is safe and well.
Craig is described as about 5ft 5ins tall of slim build, with pale skin and short blond hair.
Police investigating a theft of meat from a Northumberland shop have released CCTV of two men they need to speak to.
£200 worth of meat was stolen around 4pm on Tuesday, 29th July at a Co-op at Southend Avenue in Blyth.
Police investigating have released CCTV images of two men they need to speak to who it's believed may be able to help with their enquiries.
The first Northumberland Live is being held on South Beach in Blyth.
The free music festival is headlined by The Christians, supported by a range of local bands.
The event included a mass selfie, which organisers hope will be sent around the world. James Fell from Northumberland County Council explains:
Thousands of people are attending the first Northumberland Live event.
The free music festival is being held on South Beach in Blyth. The headline act, The Christians, have been supported by a host of bands throughout the day.
Earlier, the crowd was asked to take part in a mass selfie. The hope is that the pictures will spread around the world via social media.
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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Police Northumberland are investigating after a man was found in a street in Blyth with a head injury.
At 9.52 pm on Saturday, June 21, police received a report of an injured 31-year-old man in Cowpen Road.
He was taken to the RVI in Newcastle for treatment where he remains is in a critical condition.
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.