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Northumbria Police are warning drivers that wind turbine parts are being moved today. This will affect traffic on the A1 and the A69.

Traffic could be delayed Credit: Northumbria Police


Woman shaken after handbag snatch in Blyth

Police are appealing for witnesses following a street robbery in Blyth.

It happened on Monday 17th October between 4.30pm and 4.50pm.

A 26-year-old woman was walking along Bridge Street towards the junction with Havelock Street when she was approached by a man.

He grabbed her shoulder bag and made off down towards the Waterloo Pub. The woman was shaken by the incident but otherwise uninjured.

He had a backpack and was wearing a dark coloured jacket and jeans.

The handbag was found nearby by police and cash had been stolen from it.

Police are appealing for witnesses, anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, to contact them.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 798 of 17/10/16 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Concern for missing Northumberland woman

Police are concerned for the welfare of a Northumberland woman who has not been seen for more than a week.

Natalie Knighting. Credit: Northumbria Police

Natalie Knighting, 36, was last seen at an address on Coomassie Road in Blyth on Saturday September 24th, and was reported missing the following Wednesday.

It is believed she had plans to travel from Blyth to Bedlington, but has not been seen or heard from since.

She was last seen wearing a tartan jacket and bleached blue jeans.

She could also be using a blue bicycle.

Police are concerned for Natalie's welfare and are asking her to make contact with them so that they know she is ok.

Anyone who recognises her or sees a blue Giant push bike is also asked to call the police immediately.

Concern for welfare of missing Blyth man

Northumbria Police say they are concerned for the welfare of Blyth man Rikki Broom, who was last seen at a hospital in Newcastle on Tuesday evening.

Rikki Broom - do you know where he is? Credit: Northumbria Police

Rikki Broom, 32, from Richard Street in Blyth, was reported missing on September 13 at 6pm.

He was last seen at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

He is described as 5 feet 8" tall, and was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt and black and red shorts.

Police are appealing for Rikki to make contact with them, or for anyone who recognises him to call the police immediately.


Entire house converted into cannabis farm in Northumberland

Police have recovered a cannabis farm covering an entire house in Northumberland.

Officers from Blyth Neighbourhood Policing Team were alerted after a resident reported that the house in Sandfield Road in East Sleekburn had been broken into on September 13, at 9am.

Police found the entire house had been converted into a cannabis farm with more than 250 plants installed in several rooms. The plants are valued at up to £60,000 and have now been removed from the house. They will be destroyed.

CSO Beverley Sellars and some of the cannabis plants

"We know the use of cannabis damages our communities and causes concern to local people and we do all we can to prevent the cultivation and supply of this dangerous drug.

"We rely on members of the community reporting suspicious activity to us so we can deal with it effectively."

– Blyth Neighbourhood Inspector Grant Dawson

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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