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Morpeth hosts emergency flood response exercise

An emergency exercise has been held in Morpeth to test the town's response to any threat of flooding in the future.

The town hall was turned into a command centre for the council staff, emergency workers and volunteers who would co-ordinate any rescue operation.

The test included closing the town's new flood defence gates, part of a £25m scheme to prevent flooding.

Some local residents were evacuated as part of the exercise.

Alan Bell, Lead Community Resilience Volunteer, has spoken of the key aims behind the emergency exercise.

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Travellers set up camp outside Northumberland council

A group of travellers have set up camp on land outside Northumberland County Council's headquarters in Morpeth.

Staff at County Hall arrived at work on Thursday, 28th August to find three caravans parked metres from their offices.

The council said they are working with police to resolve the issue. The Gypsy Council, which represents travellers, say that local authorities do not do enough to provide sites for travellers.

Witness appeal after Morpeth crash

The A192 near Morpeth was closed after two cars collided Credit: ITV

Police are appealing for witnesses after two cars collided near the A1 in Morpeth.

It happened on the A192 at the slip road coming off the A1 southbound, at around 11:30am. Those involved are not believed to have been seriously injured.

The road was closed while police carried out investigations into the cause of the crash although it has since reopened.

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

The A192 has now reopened Credit: ITV

Investigation into two-car collision in Morpeth

Emergency services at the scene of the two-vehicle crash north of Morpeth Credit: ITV

Emergency services are at the scene of a two-vehicle crash near Morpeth in Northumberland.

It happened outside a petrol station on the A192 close to the junction with the A1. The road has been closed while police investigate the cause of the collision.

Theft from train - do you recognise this man?

Police want to speak to this man. Credit: British Transport Police

Do you recognise this man? British Transport Police officers would like to speak to him after an item of luggage was stolen from a train.

The incident happened on the 9pm East Coast trains service from Edinburgh Waverley to Leeds on Wednesday, 14 May.

The victim, a 21-year-old-woman, realised her bag was missing as she was about to the leave the train at Leeds

Police believe it may have been stolen by someone who got off the train at Morpeth in Northumberland..

Do you recognise this man? Credit: British Transport Police

PC Wayne Brown of BTP Newcastle said: “We believe the man in the pictures can help us with our enquiries and I would urge anyone who recognises him to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40,

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Morpeth flood defences could go £5m over budget

Clearing up in Morpeth after the floods in 2008. Credit: PA wire

New defences to protect Morpeth from future flooding are expected to be completed by Christmas.

But the scheme, which is jointly funded by the council and environment agency, is expected to go over budget by around £5m.

The project involves building flood walls in areas of the town affected by flooding and also creating the huge dam which will hold back up 1.4m cubic metres of water - the equivalent of 500 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

It means the town will have the capacity to deal with the sort of water levels experienced in 2008.

The total cost of the flood defences is around £25m.

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