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Woman critical after fall from car at 60mph on A69

Bridge End Roundabout, near Hexham. Credit: Google Earth

Police investigating an incident, in which a woman fell from a car on the busy A69 in Northumberland, say the vehicle was travelling at 60 mph when it happened.

At around 4.35pm on Saturday police received a report that a front seat passenger had come out of a car on the eastbound carriageway near to the Bridge End roundabout.

Emergency services attended and the woman was taken to hospital by paramedics with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

She remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Police say driver of the vehicle involved in the incident allegedly drove off without checking how she was.

A man, aged 23, was later arrested.

Detectives still need anyone who saw the vehicle - believed to be a black Ford Fiesta - in the area around the time of the incident to get in touch.

Officer particularly want to speak to anyone who saw the vehicle travelling from Bardon Mill towards Hexham at around 4.30pm on Saturday.

"This was a really dangerous incident and we need to speak to anyone who saw the Ford Fiesta in the area at the time of the incident. The vehicle is believed to have been travelling at around 60mph when this happened and clearly we need to speak to anyone who saw the woman leave the vehicle as it travelled from Bardon Mill towards Hexham. Those involved were known to each other and we have a man in custody at this time but an investigation is still very much underway and further information from the public is invaluable."

– Sgt Dave Croskery, Northumbria Police

Man arrested after woman falls from moving car

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them. Credit: ITV News

A woman is seriously ill after apparently falling from a moving vehicle on the A69 in Northumberland.

Northumbria Police say the woman was found injured on the side of the busy road at around 4.35pm on Saturday.

It was reported to officers that she had come out of a moving vehicle near to the Bridgeway roundabout, just north of Hexham.

A man, aged 23, has been arrested in connection with the incident.

A police spokesman said:

'An investigation into the circumstances around the incident is ongoing and we are now appealing for any witnesses to get in touch. The vehicle is believed to be a black Ford Fiesta.'


Man's ear bitten in late night attack in Hexham

Police are appealing for information after a man's ear was bitten in what they say was an unprovoked attack in the Northumberland town of Hexham.

It happened around 11pm on Saturday, 11th February on Fore Street in the town centre.

A man approached the 20-year-old victim, biting his ear, before making off.

Police say the victim suffered a 'significant' injury to the ear and is in hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Police name man who died in Hexham assault

32-year-old Michael Thompson.

The man who died following an assault in Hexham has been named as 32-year-old Michael Thompson.

Police were called to Priestpopple in the early hours of yesterday morning following a report that a man had been found unconscious with head injuries.

A 25-year-old man has been charged with his murder. He is due to appear before Northumberland Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Man charged with murder over Hexham death

A man has been charged with murder the following the death of a man in Hexham, Northumberland. Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a 32-year-old outside of a bar in Northumberland.

A 25-year-old was arrested after the victim was found unconscious outside of the Studio Sport Bar in Priestpopple, Hexham, with head injuries at 4.07am on Saturday 28th.

The 32-year-old victim was treated by paramedics but died at the scene as result of his injuries.

The 32-year-old was found unconscious outside the former Studio Sport Bar on Priestpopple. Credit: ITV News.

The 25-year-old has been charged with murder and will appear before Northumberland Magistrates' Court on Monday 30th January.

Extra officers will remain on patrol in Hexham to conduct enquiries and reassure any concerned members of the public.

Police continue to appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any useful information, to contact officers on 101 quoting reference number 194 of 28/01/17.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after 32-year-old dies in Hexham

A 32-year-old man has died after being found unconscious on Priestopple in Hexham. Credit: Google maps

Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of a man in Hexham.

It happened in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police received a report that a man had been found unconscious with head injuries outside the Studio Sport Bar on Priestpopple, Hexham. Officers found a 32-year-old man being treated by paramedics. He died at the scene as result of his injuries.

A 25-year-old man on suspicion of murder and he is currently in custody.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Dave English said:

We know there were several people in the area at the time of the assault and we would ask them to come forward.

We also need to speak with anyone who may have information which could help our enquiries.

Extra officers are also carrying out patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the local community, who understandably are shocked by this tragic death this is incident .

This assault is being treated as an isolated incident.

Anyone who saw or heard anything around the time of the incident, or anyone with any information that could help police, is asked to contact officers on 101 quoting reference number 194 of 28/01/17.

Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Inspector Dave English


Man found tied up in van in rural Northumberland

The police have released more details about the circumstances in which a man was found in the back of a van in rural Northumberland.

Earlier this week the Northumbria force released that information and said where the discovery had been made.

They have now revealed that the man had been tied up, but could not remember how it had happened.

Police are appealing for information.

The incident was reported to the police at 3.38pm on Monday, January 2nd.

The van was parked next to Low Leam Farm in West Woodburn between Otterburn and Bellingham.

On Friday morning a police spokesman said:

"The man was found with some ties to his ankles and wrists but was in a confused state and unable to say how this had happened. The van was not damaged and had not been in a collision, and is being forensically examined. Officers are working with the victim to establish the full circumstances of what has occurred and are keen to speak to anyone who may be able to help police with their enquiries".

The man, aged 29 and from the Durham area, was taken to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care hospital in Cramlington as a precaution with a minor injury.

He apparently does not recall anything after 2.30pm on New Year's Day when he was driving in the Durham area.

The van, a purple Mercedes Vito 109 CDI Compact panel van, registration NJ54VFB, had been spotted travelling northbound on the A1 on Monday, January 2nd at 6.15am.

The van was then seen parked at the site in West Woodburn sometime around 7.30am the same morning.

North East athlete takes on a train ... and wins!

A North East athlete has taken on an ambitious challenge to inspire others to get active. Lea Stephenson, a fitness instructor from Hexham, made a video of himself racing a Tyne and Wear Metro train, getting off at one stop and then racing it to the next one.

Lea Stephenson after he finished his challenge Credit: Lea Stephenson

The challenge for Lea, who's a 400 metres runner for Tynedale Harriers, was to get back on the train before it left the next station which was 715 metres away. And he made it with time to spare completing the challenge in 2 minutes 10 seconds. Watch highlights of his run here.

Hexham shoppers warned after purse thefts

Police are advising shoppers in Hexham to be on their guard after a spate of purse thefts.

Three thefts have been reported to police since November 19.

The first incident happened in Abbey Shop on Beaumont Street between 10am and 10.30am. A 72-year-old woman was shopping and noticed her purse had been stolen.

A short time later, a 68-year-old woman was shopping in M&CO on Fore Street when she found her purse had been stolen from her bag.

The third theft happened on November 22, when a 63-year-old woman was browsing in the Cancer Research Charity Shop in Priestpopple. A woman engaged her in conversation, while she was distracted her purse was stolen.

"It only takes a second for an opportunist thief to strike and they will take advantage of insecure bags to steal valuables."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Pam Bridges

Police are reviewing CCTV and additional police patrols will be tasked to the area.

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