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Government blamed for power plant failure

The biomass power station at Blyth would have provided renewable energy for 170,000 homes. The plan was approved by the government in July 2013. This is what the company behind the project, RES, said at the time:

"We are delighted by the Government's decision to grant permission for North Blyth Power Station, which we believe will play an important part in the strong and growing renewable energy industry in South East Northumberland. It is also a welcome confirmation of the Government's support for sustainable, low carbon energy projects which will make a significant contribution towards meeting the UK's legally binding 2020 renewable energy targets."


– RES Project Manager Chris Lawson

However, in the months since it appears that RES developed grave concerns about the government's commitment to supporting green energy projects.

This is what they said today:

“As the UK’s energy policy currently stands, we cannot make an investment case to take this project forward.This is a reminder to Government that, without a consistent approach to energy policy, investors and developers will be deterred from delivering the billions of pounds needed to ensure the nation’s energy infrastructure is able to keep the lights on and secure cost effective electricity for British homes and businesses.”

– RES Chief Operating Officer for the UK Gordon MacDougall

Work stops on Blyth power station 'undermining £300m project' plans

The company behind a planned biomass power station at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland, RES, has announced that it is ceasing work on the project.

They're blaming the government’s "inconsistent support for dedicated biomass energy over the last two years". They added that this has "critically undermined their plans to invest £300m in the project".

“Despite the support the project enjoys locally due to the significant benefits it would bring to the local and regional economy, the North Blyth Biomass Power Station currently faces insurmountable investment barriers due to uncertain Government energy policy._

“It’s bitterly disappointing for RES that we are unable to bring this exciting project forward, and deliver the significant boost it would have represented for the Blyth and Northumberland economy. However, the gradual erosion of support for dedicated biomass leaves us with no other option.”_

– Gordon MacDougall, RES’ Chief Operating Officer for the UK

“RES is grateful for the support we have received from stakeholders including the local community, Northumberland County Council, Environment Agency and project partners such as the Port of Blyth._

“This is a reminder to Government that, without _a consistent approach to energy policy, investors and developers will be deterred from delivering the billions of pounds needed to ensure the nation’s energy infrastructure is able to keep the lights on and secure cost effective electricity for British homes and businesses.” _

– Gordon MacDougall, RES’ Chief Operating Officer for the UK

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Work stops on Blyth power station

RES, the company behind a planned biomass power station at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland, has announced that it is ceasing work on the project.

RES is blaming what it calls the government’s "inconsistent support for dedicated biomass energy over the last two years" as well as increased uncertainty over the UK’s energy policy.

They say this has critically undermined their plans to invest £300m in the project.

What the power station would have looked like Credit: RES

If it had gone ahead it would have created 300 construction jobs, plus 50 full-time jobs at the power station.

Escaped prisoner thought to be in Blyth

Police are appealing for information about a man who has absconded from a prison in Derbyshire and who is believed to be in Northumberland.

43-year-old Steven Antwiss escaped custody last month and police now believe he is in the Blyth area of Northumberland.

Have you seen this man? Credit: Derbyshire Police

He had previously been serving a life sentence for armed robbery at HMP Sudbury.

Officers say that they do not believe there is any risk to the wider public.

Police are warning that anyone found to be assisting or harbouring the escaped prisoner will also face being arrested.

Anyone who knows Antwiss' whereabouts is being urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Information given to Crimestoppers that leads to arrest and conviction could result in a reward of up to £1,000.

Police appeal following armed robbery in Blyth

Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Blyth.

It happened at Chisholm Bookmakers in Briardale Road at 8.55 pm on Thursday, January 23.

A man entered the premises and threatened a member of staff with a knife.

He stole a quantity of cash before leaving.

No-one was injured during the incident but the staff member was left shaken.

The offender is described as in his mid 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, of skinny to medium build, with a freckled complexion, ginger eyebrows and a local accent.

He was wearing a grey coat with a hood, gloves and dark tracksuit bottoms.

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Police appeal after Blyth robbery

Police are appealing for information after a woman was robbed in Blyth.

It happened around 5pm on Thursday, January 2, in the rear lane of Stanley Street. A man approached the woman, in her 50s, threatened her and demanded she hand over property.

He snatched her handbag.

The woman was not injured in the incident but was left shaken. The offender is described as being a teenager, possibly around 14 years old, 5ft 5 inches tall, dressed all in black and wearing a black hooded top.Police are urging any witnesses to contact them.

War medals stolen in Blyth

Two Boer War medals were among those stolen Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for information after a collection of war medals was stolen in Blyth.

Thieves broke into a car parked on Beaumont Street between 12pm and 4pm on December 14 and stole a bag of medals. Among them were two Boer War medals of sentiment value that had belonged to the victim's late grandfather.

Officers have been checking jewellers and pawn brokers in the local area.

Anyone with any information into the whereabouts of the medals is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Blyth rape: Police appeal for information

Police are appealing for information after a woman was raped in Blyth.

Around 12:30am on Sunday, December 8, a 21-year-old woman was raped in a toilet cubicle in the Blyth and Tyne pub in Seaforth Street.

The offender is described as being white, in his late 30s or early 40s and of thin build.

He has curly brown shoulder length hair and stubble. He was wearing light blue jeans and a T shirt.

Officers believe the man may have been in the smoking area of the pub before following the victim into the toilets.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Full report: Man claims police dismissed abuse claims

A man from Blyth claims that the years of physical and sexual abuse he suffered in North East children's homes have been swept under the carpet.

Terry Priestner says when he complained, the police told him "that's how things were those days".

Now - more than 30 years on - he is fighting for justice, with the support of his MP. But the police insist they have done all they can.

Gregg Easteal reports.

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