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'Forget the hairy bikers, we're the chairy bikers'

One of the so-called 'chairy bikers' Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Two paraplegic bikers are driving from John O' Groats to Land's End to challenge perceptions about disability.

Dave Burdus from Corbridge, Northumberland, and his friend have coined themselves 'the chairy bikers', as they take on the challenge.

They met on the ward of Hexham General Hospital's Spinal Injuries Unit in 1983, where they were both treated following accidents that left them disabled.


Thomas Diggle's body found at water station in Hexham

Thomas Diggle.

The body of a 92-year-old man, who had been missing for almost three weeks, has been found at a water station in Hexham.

Thomas Diggle was reported missing from his home in Corbridge on March 27.

The body was found on Monday, 14th April, in water at the Northumbria Water transfer station in Riding Mill in Hexham, and identified as Mr Diggle.

His next of kin have been told. Officers believe there was no-one else involved in his death. A report has been prepared for the coroner.

Search continues for missing Northumberland man

Northumberland man has been missing over a week

Police are continuing their search in Corbridge in Northumberland for 92-year-old Thomas Diggle who went missing a week ago.

There have extra patrols on the streets and leaflets have also been distributed and hung in shop windows.

Officers have extended their search to the River Tyne.


Two days since 92-year-old man went missing in Corbridge

Police investigating the disappearance of a 92-year-old man in Corbridge, Northumberland, have asked the public for information about his daily routine and places he often visits, to give them clues about where he might be.

Thomas Diggle was last seen on Thursday at his home in Abbeyfield House, Market Place.

It has now been two days since Mr Diggle was last seen, and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

"He is an elderly man, and given the current weather conditions it is concerning. We know he can't walk that far and walks with a stoop and we believe he had a walking stick with him. He may have been wearing a flat cap and dark coloured long wool coat.

"Extensive enquiries are being carried out to trace him, if anyone has seen him or knows where he is we would urge them to get in contact with us.

"Likewise, we would like to hear from anyone who knows him and can help us with information about his daily routine or the places he often visits. Any information could prove crucial in helping us find him."

– Supt Steve Howes, Northumbria Police
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