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Around 250 homes in Newcastle still without power

Northern Powergrid have confirmed that 2,281 customers were without power this morning after one of their cables was accidentally damaged by another company.

The majority of homes were restored quickly, but around 250 customers are still without power.

The company said it is working to connect these homes to generators while they carry out repairs to the power cable.

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Bank robbery in Gosforth

Police are at the scene of a bank robbery in Gosforth, Newcastle. Officers were called to the National Westminster Bank on Gosforth High Street after a man entered the premises and demanded money. After threatening staff, he made off with £500 in the direction of the shopping centre.

No one was injured.

The offender is described as being white, in his 20s, thick-set with a local accent and wearing a grey hoodie with the hood pulled over his face.

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Man arrested for kicking parked cars

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of kicking parked cars in Newcastle.

Police were called to Salters Road, Gosforth around 11.30pm yesterday after reports a drunk man was kicking vehicles.

In total, 16 vehicles have been damaged. The man was bailed pending further enquiries.

Bride to be "heartbroken"

A bride-to-be says she's heartbroken after being told that her wedding venue has closed with just a week to go.

Samantha Lewins from Gosforth is now busy trying to make alternative plans. She was due to get married at Longhirst Hall at Morpeth next weekend.

It's understood that liquidators have been called in, although the spa and golf course are unaffected. Nobody from the Hotel was available to comment today. Samantha says she and her partner stand to lose a lot of money.

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