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.
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.
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."
Police are reviewing CCTV and additional police patrols will be tasked to the area.
The A69 is closed both ways because of a crash involving two vehicles between A6079 Rotary Way (Bridge End Roundabout) and A68 / B6529 Stagshaw Road (Stagshaw Roundabout).
The A69 East bound is closed and diversions are in place east of the Bridge End roundabout, Hexham. Likely to remain closed for some time.
National Rail has announced there will be no trains between Hexham and Carlisle for the rest of the day due to a signalling problem.
Replacement bus services are in place.
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The A69 east-bound at Hexham has reopened tonight (21.00 hours 28 September) after an overturned lorry was removed from the scene.
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.
There's queueing traffic in Hexham after a four-vehicle collision on the A69.
The A69 is closed both ways between the B6531 and the A686. There is a diversion in place via Acom Road Ends and Military Road.
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.