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Fears for missing Blyth man aged 80

Police are conducting searches for a man aged 80 who disappeared from his home in Blyth more than a week ago.

Arthur Smith failed return to his home at Bob Elliott House, a residential home on Wright Street, on Wednesday, January 14.

The police are concerned for his welfare and are keen to hear that he is safe and well.

He is described as white, 5ft tall, clean shaven, wears glasses, walks with a pronounced limp and was last seen wearing a suit.

He has links to the Darlington and Middlesborough areas, and also goes by the name Peter Todd.

Arthur Smith Credit: Northumbria Police

We're keen for Mr Smith to get in touch so we can be reassured he is ok. We're carrying out searches to find him and would urge anyone who may know of his whereabouts to contact us."

– Inspector Steve Robson, Northumbria Police


Fatal collision in Blyth

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision involving a car and a pedestrian in Northumberland.

87-year-old Thomas Westwater Paterson died in hospital following the collision with a Citroen C4 on Waterloo Road (B1328) in Blyth, on December 20 just after 5pm.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Teen goes undercover to tackle underage drinking

Officers in Cramlington and Blyth have been working to identify premises selling alcohol to children, to address concerns about young people drinking and causing anti-social behaviour.

Credit: PA

The neighbourhood policing team and Northumberland County Council's Trading Standards officers have carried out a test purchase operation at a number of licensed premises in the areas.

A 14-year-old volunteer tried to buy alcohol from four off licenses in Blyth and four in Cramlington last week.

In all but one of the attempts the child was asked for ID and then refused sale - the store that sold the alcohol will be revisited.

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