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Organisers of Hexham Book festival say visitors numbers are up, they want to establish the event as the literary festival of the North.

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Around The House: Can credit unions challenge payday lenders?

The high cost of credit - and alternatives to payday and short-term loans - were discussed in this month's political programme, Around The House.

Helen Ford was joined by the Conservative MP for Hexham Guy Opperman - and Stockton North's Labour MP Alex Cunningham - to consider the options for people struggling with debt, and the high level of demand for emergency loans.

You can watch the debate here:

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Man found dead in Hexham

The body of a man has been found in Hexham.

Police received a report shortly before 4pm that a body had been seen in the Cockshaw Burn, near to the junction of Allendale Road and Whetstone Bridge Road.

Officers and paramedics attended and a man was declared dead the scene.

Investigations are ongoing to identify the man.

Car overturns on military road in Northumberland

Police are appealing for information after a car overturned near Hexham, leaving a woman in a critical condition.

It happened around eight o'clock this morning when a silver Vauxhall Agila, which was travelling on the B6318 near to Chesters Roman Fort, left the road and overturned.

Police and paramedics attended the scene and 63-year-old woman was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with serious injuries, where she remains in a critical condition.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.

Manufacturing plant to resume production

The owners of a wood-processing plant in Hexham that was involved in a fire over the weekend have said that they expect to resume production later today.

Normal manufacturing at the Egger site is also expected to be back up and running by the middle of this week.

“We will be working with fire investigators to determine the exact cause of the incident, which is our first since the new plant opened in 2007.

"Thankfully there were no injuries, all of our detection and safety systems worked extremely well and the fire service was able to bring the fire safely under control.

“The intensity of the blaze was due to thermal oil used in the heating system catching fire and our engineers, together with colleagues from Germany, are working to assess the amount of damage and the cause of the fire.

“I’m grateful to firefighters from Northumberland Fire & Rescue for their quick and professional response that meant damage was confined to that one small area of our site.

“We hope to bring our backup systems on-line and resume some operations within the next 12 hours, with a gradual return to full production by the middle of this week.”

– Bob Livesey, Joint managing director at Egger UK

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Police at scene of fatal A69 crash

Police and recovery teams on the A69 near Hexham Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police are at the scene of a major crash on the A69 near Hexham in Northumberland. A man was killed following the collision between a car and a lorry. A diversion is in place eastbound via the Military Road.

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