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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.

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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.

Masked intruders attempt house robbery in Blyth

Police are appealing for witnesses after three masked intruders tried to rob a house in Blyth.

It happened between 1.30am and 2am on Wednesday 22 October. Two of the offenders broke a window and entered the house. The occupant was assaulted before the trio made off on foot.

It is not believed that anything was taken. Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

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Man suffers 'slash wounds' in Blyth

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered 'slash wounds' in Blyth.

A 40-year-old man suffered injuries to his stomach on October 14. He was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital. His injuries are not believed to be serious.

Officers believe the man was attacked while walking in a cut off Albion Bridge going towards Hall Green in Cowpen.

Two teenagers assaulted in Blyth

Police are appealing for witnesses after two teenagers were assaulted in Northumberland. A 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were sitting on the pavement at Plessey Road, near Croft Road in Blyth just after midnight on September 13. They were approached by a man who, after an argument, punched the male several times in the face, causing fractures to his cheek bone and eye socket. The man then put the girl in a headlock. The boy needed hospital treatment.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 27 and 33 years old, 6ft tall of broad muscular build with a short back and sides with a spike on the top.

Man swims in harbour because 'it's cheaper than pool'

A man who narrowly escaped a near-death experience with a cargo ship said he was swimming in a harbour because it was cheaper than his local pool.

The swimmer was spotted crossing Blyth harbour on Sunday afternoon and an RNLI lifeboat was soon on the scene.

He had already disturbed a number of boats and narrowly avoided a 400-ton cargo ship that had arrived in port that afternoon.

When confronted by lifeboat crews, the man refused assistance, claiming he was only there because it was a lot cheaper than paying to swim in nearby Blyth Sports Centre.

He then swam to the side and was seen talking to police who had also been called to the scene but was not arrested.

Our crew couldn't believe it when they were called – we haven't had too many reports of people swimming across the harbour, because it's so dangerous with all the boats coming in.

He's a lucky man.

– Steven Fitch, Blyth RNLI press officer
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