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Inquiry underway into Druridge Bay open cast mine

A public inquiry is underway which could finally decide whether an open cast mine can be built at Druridge Bay.

It's already been given the go ahead by Northumberland County Council, but the government has now stepped in after a number of groups raised concerns.

Jonny Blair reports:

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Druridge Bay anti mine campaign

Druridge Bay. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

More than a thousand people have backed a campaign to try and stop proposals for an open cast mine to go ahead at Druridge Bay in Northumberland.

The Save Druridge group believes the beauty spot will be ruined.

Banks Mining, the company behind the plans say the project will bring jobs to the area.

Archaeologists find out if they have struck lottery gold

The site, near Druridge Bay, dates back 8,000 and excavations have already uncovered ancient footprints. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Archaeologists will find out today, August 14, if they will receive extra lottery cash to extend a dig, which is turning up vital clues about Stone Age and Bronze Age life on the Northumberland coast.

The site, near Druridge Bay, dates back 8,000 and excavations have already uncovered ancient footprints and a cemetery.

Beached whale in Northumberland

A 26ft minke whale has been found on a beach in Northumberland.

The whale is alive but struggling in Druridge Bay.

"We have people down there at the moment and a local vet is on her way,

"It is not looking in very good shape and it is incredibly thin.

"We will wait until the vet is down there and then we will take it from there."

– The British Divers Marine Life Rescue charity

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