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Eleven children injured after dog attack in Blyth

A number of children were taken to hospital with bite wounds after being attacked by a dog in Blyth yesterday evening. Police and paramedics were called to a park next to Burns Avenue at 6.30pm.

A park in Blyth where a dog attacked eleven children yesterday evening. Credit: John Tuttiett

Northumbria Police have confirmed that eleven children were attacked by the dog which is believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Police brought the animal under control and it is currently being held at secure kennels while they work to establish the owner of the dog.

Several children taken to hospital after dog attack in Blyth

A number of children have been taken to hospital with bite wounds after being attacked by a dog in Blyth.

Children were treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital Credit: John Tuttiett

Police and paramedics were called to a park next to Burns Avenue at 6.30pm this evening. A number of children were taken to hospital by paramedics but none of the injuries are thought to be serious.

Credit: John Tuttiett

Police brought the animal under control and it is being held at secure kennels whilst its owner is located.

Credit: John Tuttiett

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Police on scene at two road incidents in Blyth

There has been a heavy police presence in Blyth this morning after two separate incidents on the roads.

At 6.48am police received a report that a cyclist had been found lying on the ground after collapsing on Plessey Road in Blyth.

It is not clear whether he had been hit by another vehicle, but police and paramedics are currently at the scene.

Two minutes later police also received a report that a blue Fiat Punto had collided with a lamppost outside Asda on Cowpen Road in the town.

The occupants then abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

Police remain at the scene of both incidents and some road closures are in place

Any witnesses to either of the two incidents should contact police on 101 quoting reference 257 14/05/16.

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Drugs warning in Blyth after death

Northumbria Police and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are warning people about the dangers of taking illegal drugs after a death in Northumberland.

On March 1, officers received a report that a man had been found dead inside an address in Blyth. Police believe the man could have taken drugs including heroin and valium.

In a separate incident, on March 2, police received a report that a 24-year-old man was found collapsed in a street in Blyth. He was taken to hospital in a critical condition. It is believed the man may have taken a quantity of drugs, possibly including heroin and valium.

Enquiries are being carried out to establish exactly what has happened, and further tests will be carried out. A report will be prepared for the coroner to establish the cause of death for the 40-year-old man.

"Taking any illegal drugs or drugs that have not been prescribed to you is dangerous and potentially life threatening and I'd urge anyone who feels unwell after taking such drugs to seek medical treatment immediately."

– Detective Inspector Sharon Chatterton, of Northern Area Command

"It is extremely serious, and potentially life threatening, to take illegal drugs or drugs which have not been prescribed to you and we would urge anyone who finds themselves in this situation or who discovers someone like this to seek medical help immediately."

– Doctor Mike Guy, Associate Medical Director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact officers on 101.

Concern for missing Northumberland teenager

***Georgia Ferguson, 13, has been found safe and well, police say.

A 13-year-old girl who told her family she was staying with a friend has gone missing.

Georgia Ferguson, of Blyth, Northumberland, left her home at around 5:30pm on Friday January 22 and her family have been unable to contact her since.

Police have launched a search for the teen, who believe she might be in the Newcastle area.

Georgia is 5ft 1ins tall, of slim build and has long brown hair. She was last seen wearing black leggings, a grey crop top, black jacket and white wedge trainer boots.

Main sponsor named for North Sea Tall Ships Regatta

Fergusons Transport of Blyth has been named as the main sponsor for the prestigious Tall Ships event coming to Northumberland.

The Port of Blyth is the starting host port for the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016, an event involving some of the largest and most spectacular Tall Ships in the world.

The three day event is set to bring over 100,000 visitors to the region and boost the economy by up to £25m.

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