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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.



A69 at Hexham to close this evening after rush hour

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The A69 at Hexham will close after this evening’s rush hour to allow a HGV which overturned earlier today to be recovered.

Currently one of two lanes is closed following an incident at Bridge End roundabout which happened at around 2.30pm. The lane will remain closed during this evening’s rush hour.

Highways England say the complex recovery of the HGV will start at 6.30pm and will require the HGV to be put back upright before it can be recovered. Some of the safety fence was also damaged in the incident and will need to be repaired.

Authorities say the road will reopen as soon as the recovery has taken place and it is safe to do so.

Traffic will be diverted via the A6079, the B6318 and the A68 to rejoin the A69 at Stagshaw. Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

Woman attacked and suffers head injury

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted and suffered a head injury in Northumberland.

The assault happened around 2am this morning in Shaftoe Street in Haydon Bridge in Hexham. The 35-year-old woman was taken to hospital for treatement.

Officers are carrying out enquiries into the assault and are appealing for witnesses.

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