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Kielder Winter Wonderland shut due to flooding

Publicity photo for Kielder Winter Wonderland. Credit: Kielder Winter Wonderland

Kielder Winter Wonderland has been shut due to flooding of the surrounding area. The road between Bellingham and Kielder was judged impassable leaving access to the site limited.

Today would have been the last day the site was open. Organisers say they have emailed and texted those due to attend and are contacting customers about refunds.

At around 6am we became aware that the rainfall was very heavy. Between 6 and 7am the water river rose by around a metre.

Its our last day so we are hugely disappointed but health and safety is our priority."

– David Hall, Northumbrian Water Limited

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Police search for German man in Kielder

Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are searching for a German man whose clothes and belongings were found next to Kielder Reservoir, in Northumberland.

A member of the public reported finding a man's clothing and belongings next to the reservoir on Friday afternoon. Police carried out searches of the area but have been unable to find the owner.

Officers have now identified the man as Kilian Wolfgang Ruthlein from Darmstadt in Germany. The 26-year-old is 5"9' and of medium build.

Anyone who may have seen Kilian is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Woman robbed at beauty spot

Camera equipment worth thousands of pounds has been stolen from a woman who was targeted at a Northumberland beauty spot.

The woman, in her late 50s, was walking to a new viewpoint opposite the Tower Knowe car park and cafe at Kielder at around 10.30am on Saturday.

She was opening her bag when a man pushed her out of the way, causing her to fall backwards. He then snatched the bag, containing thousands of pounds worth of Canon camera equipment and accessories before running away. The woman was left shaken but unhurt.

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 extension 69191 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, extension 291343.

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Monument airlifted in to mark source of North Tyne

A new stone monument has been erected to mark the source of the River North Tyne.

Two massive sandstone blocks were airlifted onto the hillside near Kielder Reservoir in Northumberland. The obelisk will also mark the beginning of a 150 mile charity walk between the source of the river and the mouth of the Tyne.

An RAF Chinook lifts in the massive stone blocks Credit: ITV News
The stone block is safely landed Credit: ITV News
The finished monument Credit: ITV News
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