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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.

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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.

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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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Government "disappointed" about end of power plant project

The government said it was "disappointed" that a planned biomass power station at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland is not going ahead. The company behind the plans, RES, announced this morning that it was ending the project.

The biomass power plant at the port of Blyth will not now go ahead Credit: RES

The Department for Energy and Climate Change released this statement:

“We are disappointed that RES have decided not to take this project forward, however this is a commercial decision.

"The UK is one of the world’s most attractive places to invest in renewable energy, ranking second in the world for biomass. Our electricity market reforms will deliver at least £40 billion of investment in renewables between now and 2020, providing enough power for 10 million homes.”

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

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.

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