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Spotlight on Blyth in Northumberland Live

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.

Crowds braved the rain to watch the performances Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The free festival aims to highlight Blyth Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

The crowd was encouraged to take part in a mass selfie Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees


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.

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.

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.


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
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