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Kielder Winter Wonderland shut due to flooding

Publicity photo for Kielder Winter Wonderland. Credit: Kielder Winter Wonderland

Kielder Winter Wonderland has been shut due to flooding of the surrounding area. The road between Bellingham and Kielder was judged impassable leaving access to the site limited.

Today would have been the last day the site was open. Organisers say they have emailed and texted those due to attend and are contacting customers about refunds.

At around 6am we became aware that the rainfall was very heavy. Between 6 and 7am the water river rose by around a metre.

Its our last day so we are hugely disappointed but health and safety is our priority."

– David Hall, Northumbrian Water Limited

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Fraudsters hack charity's phones and rack up £700 bill

Local children’s Charity, Children North East, is warning other charities and businesses to be on their guard after phone lines at their head office in Newcastle were hacked at the weekend.

Fraudsters clocked up a bill of £680 calling premium numbers abroad.

The Charity, currently in the middle of its Christmas Appeal, learned of the intrusion when their telecoms provider, O2, contacted them on Monday morning.

We provide support to children, young people and families who are in desperate need of our help. It’s dreadful to think someone would steal from a charity especially at this time of year. Every Christmas we collect thousands of gifts, food, practical items and money for families in need. The £680 we are having to now pay for stolen phone calls should have provided support for children and families.

As an organisation we take security very seriously and we would like to thank O2 for looking out for us and bringing this to our attention before any more damage could be done.

– Jeremy Cripps, Chief Executive, Children North East

PICTURES: Middlesbrough players make festive visit to children in hospital

Players from Middlesbrough Football Club spread a little festive cheer today as they visited patients on the children's ward at the James Cook University Hospital.

Manager Aitor Karanka and members of the squad came bearing gifts for sick children who may have to spend Christmas on the ward.

Aitor Karanka brought came with some of his squad to the James Cook Hospital Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
Daniel Alaya (left) and Abella Damia (right) hand Christmas gifts to a sick baby Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
Abella Damia (left) was there to support children of all ages Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
Squad members pose for a photo with an excited mother and child Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
A young Boro fan is delighted with his early Christmas present Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
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