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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.

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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.

Main route to Hexham re-opens after 6 week repairs

A main route into Hexham, Northumberland, has re-opened this morning - following the completion of repair work the town's Railway Bridge.

Traffic heading into Hexham on Saturday morning. Credit: ITV News

Hexham Railway Bridge closed for six weeks on Monday June 6 to allow Network Rail to undertake essential maintenance work.

The closure meant the A6079 - the main route in and out of the town - was also closed for the duration of the works.

Northern Gas Networks also replaced a gas main and Northumberland County Council took advantage of the closure to carry out resurfacing work.

Free-flowing traffic on the Railway Bridge on Saturday morning. Credit: ITV News

The re-opening of the bridge will come as a relief for many traders in Hexham, who feared that the temporary closure would hit business hard.

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