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Criticism over new hospital in Northumberland

There has been criticism about the opening of a new hospital in Northumberland. Some people living in rural communities say they are angry that they will have to travel to Cramlington for serious A&E conditions, while only being able to use Hexham, Wansbeck and North Tyneside hospitals for less serious problems. Doctors say it means patients will receive better care.


Boy in hospital after trousers set on fire

A 15-year-old boy has been assaulted and suffered burns to his leg and thigh.

Police say fuel was poured over his trousers and set alight during the attack, which happened at around 11.29pm last Thursday, April 2nd, near the One Stop Shop at the Brockwell Centre, Cramlington, Northumberland.

The boy has been taken to the RVI in Newcastle for treatment where his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Man jailed for making indecent images of children

A man, originally from Whitley Bay, has been sent to prison for making and possessing indecent images of children.

As part of a national operation, police officers had searched a house in Cramlington, Northumberland, in October 2014 and seized computer equipment.

This stored indecent images of children.

Kenneth Nessworthy, who was living in Malta at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to four charges of making indecent images of a child and one count of possessing a photo of a child for distribution.

Kenneth Nessworthy Credit: Northumbria Police

He was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court to eight months in prison for making indecent images of children and eight months for possess indecent images of children.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Nessworthy will also be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.

  • Officers found 1,335 videos containing indecent images of children and 566 movie files containing indecent images of children.

This investigation was part of a national operation in relation to child exploitation online.


Man arrested after 'suspicious items' found

A man has been arrested after 'suspicious items' were found inside a property in Cramlington.

Officers were called to an address on Ridley Street just before midday.

A 36-year-man is in custody on suspicion of importing offensive weapons.

Police say they have secured the house as a precaution, but believe this is an isolated case involving one individual.

A spokesperson added it is 'not linked to other recent incidents.'

Chloe Beaney hoping to be home for Christmas after heart transplant

14-year-old Chloe Beaney had her life-saving transplant at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The teenager is hoping to be home in time for Christmas. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A teenage heart transplant patient from Cramlington in Northumberland is hoping to be home in time for Christmas.

14-year-old Chloe Beaney had her life-saving transplant at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital in November. She has been been recovering well and could be heading home later today.

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.

Credit: PA

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.

Extra police patrols in Cramlington to tackle anti-social behaviour

Police are carrying out extra patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour in Cramlington.

There has been an increase in reports of young people causing problems at the Brockwell Centre and Northburn Park areas of the town on Friday and Saturday evenings. Reports included drinking, causing criminal damage and disorder.

In response officers have been carrying out high visibility patrols and moving young people on. Anyone found drinking has had alcohol seized and their parents called.

"Anti-social behaviour is an important issue for the local community and it's one of our priorities. Problems like youngsters hanging around and drinking can have a big impact on an area and it's vital that we respond and take action to resolve the issues.

"We've been carrying out extra patrols to deter troublemakers and have seized alcohol from youngsters. A £90 fixed penalty notice was given to an adult who bought alcohol for a child at the Brockwell Centre. This should act as a warning to those who purchase alcohol for children that they face action.

"We've had a really positive response from local people to the work we've done so far and we will continue with this action for the remainder of the year."

– Neighbourhood Inspector David Morrison

"I want local residents to let the police know when anti-social behaviour is bothering them. I'm taking this issue very seriously and ensuring that Northumbria Police use all powers available to them to tackle this problem."

– Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird

To report anti-social behaviour contact your local policing team on 101 ext 69191.

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