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Police are linking a series of burglaries in Blyth

Police are advising residents to be on their guard after four recent burglaries in Northumberland.

Police are advising residents to be on their guard after four recent burglaries in Northumberland.

Officers investigating the offences in the Blyth area believe the same person is responsible.

Police were called to an address in Ingram Drive on Tuesday, August 16, after an elderly resident had found an intruder in her house that morning at around 10.30am. He claimed to be looking for odd jobs.

A short time later he went to a neighbour's home and was again disturbed by an occupant.

Officers have had similar reports of a man being disturbed by residents inside premises in both Matfen Close and Beal Close which are currently being investigated.

The offender is described as late teens to early 20s, approximately 5 feet 4" tall, slim build and scruffy looking appearance.

Officers are investigating these reports and are urging residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to them straightaway.

Our officers are carrying out house to house enquiries in the area and would also ask anyone with information about these types of suspicious incidents to come forward and speak to police.

– Detective Inspector Sharon Chatterton

Man suffers serious injuries in Blyth car crash

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered serious head and leg injuries in a car crash in Blyth.

At 6pm on Monday evening a black Ford Transit collided with a 43-year-old man outside the old Fire Station on Cowpen Road.

The man was taken to the RVI by air ambulance where he is in a stable condition.

Start of Cowpen Road improvement works delayed

A map of the road where works have been delayed Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Work to improve one of Northumberland’s most congested roads has had to be delayed for a few weeks .

It's due to 'technical reasons'

The £750,000 scheme to reduce congestion on Cowpen Road in Blyth will take place over a number of months in three stages.

While work was due to start next week (August 8) on the first phase, engineers have discovered a high-voltage cable running underneath the junction will need to be diverted, meaning the project has to be put back a number of weeks.

What are the improvements being made?

  • In the first phase a set of traffic lights is to be removed from Tynedale Drive at its junction with Cowpen Road and a key junction improved in a bid to ease traffic flows.
  • It also involves converting the junction into a priority junction with no right turn from Tynedale Drive.
  • The current traffic signals on Coniston Road junction will be retained but upgraded with more modern, energy efficient lights.
  • The Tynedale Drive junction is also to be widened slightly to help traffic flow.

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Windows smashed at Blyth hairdressers

Police have launched an investigation after shop windows were smashed in two separate incidents at a hairdressers in Blyth.

Two men threw stones and smashed the windows of Cutter's hairdressers on Wright Street, between 8:40pm and 8:50pm on June 9.

A brick was then thrown through another window at the shop at 6:50pm on June 10.

The offenders ran off on both occasions.

Officers are appealing for witnesses and anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to Northumbria Police on 101.

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