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Man, 18, arrested in connection with social media threats at Morpeth schools

A man has been arrested in connection with social media threats at two schools in Morpeth

A man, 18, has been arrested in connection with social media threats made at two schools in Morpeth.

The arrest followed threatening messages sent to Stobhill Gate First School on March 24th, and Collingwood School on March 28th. Both reports have been linked and are being investigated together.

The man has been released on bail for further enquiries and officers are continuing to liaise with both schools.

Neighbourhood Inspector Mick Aspey said:

"We want to reassure parents that there is no safety issue at either school and they should continue to bring their children to school as usual.

“While we do not believe there is any credible threat to pupils at either school and treating this as a malicious act, we will have a police presence at the schools throughout this week, both in the mornings and afternoons, to speak to any parents who have concerns or any information about the sender of the message.”

– Mick Aspey

No other schools were mentioned in either incident.


Fake ewes: Meet the latest incumbents at the Whitehouse

Trump the Lamb - fake ewes? Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Spring has sprung and it's got a political feel to it at Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth.

They've named some of their baby lambs after US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Theresa May.

The farm, which celebrates it's 20th anniversary this year, say they decided as they lambs were so noisy they should be named after the people who have dominated world headlines so far in 2017.

Tens of lambs are expected in the next month.

The official Spring Equinox is 20th March.

T.May the lamb Credit: Tyne Tees

We've got T-May for Theresa May, Trump and Putin - we don't have a Corbyn yet but but he definitely will be arriving at some point - maybe even a Sturgeon but she has quite a long name to stick on the side of a lamb!

– Farm handler Sally Slater, Whitehouse Farm
Putin the Lamb Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man has been arrested following a rape in Morpeth

A man has been arrested following a rape last month in Morpeth.

The incident took place between 2.30am and 5am on Saturday 4th February. A woman, 18, was walking along the footpath of the A197, near Morpeth Golf Club, when a man in a car stopped and offered her a lift. She got into the vehicle and after driving a short distance the man pulled into a lay-by and raped the woman.

A man has been arrested following the rape of an 18-year-old in Morpeth Credit: PA

Following enquiries, detectives have arrested a 55-year-old man. He has been interviewed and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Helen Anderson said:

"Officers are continuing to provide support to the victim while the investigation is ongoing.

"We are still appealing for witnesses and want to hear from anyone who may be able to assist us. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the relevant area in the early hours of Saturday, February 4, to contact us straightaway."

– Detective Chief Inspector Helen Anderson

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 603 05/02/17 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Morpeth Town FC v South Shields: FA Vase to be replayed

The Football Association have announced that FA Vase between Morpeth Town FC and South Shields will have to be replayed on or before January 14th.

It comes after their game was abandoned at Mariners Park on January 7th due to a floodlight failure.


Man stabbed in Morpeth

A man is in hospital with leg injuries after a stabbing in Morpeth.

The 43-year-old was attacked at 10pm on 28 December, inside a house in Springhill Walk. He had been stabbed twice but managed to walk around the town before being found in Bridge Street two hours later.

He was taken to NSEC hospital in Cramlington. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Officers want to speak to a woman in connection with the incident. They say this is an isolated incident and that the two people know each other.

The woman is described as being in her mid 20s, white, 5'6 and slim.

"We want to stress this is an isolated incident and the danger to the wider public is very low. We have extra officers in the area carrying out enquiries. Officers from the neighbourhood team will also be speaking to local residents to discuss any concerns they may have.

"We want to speak to anyone who may have information which could help our investigation."

– Neighbourhood Sergeant Rob Howe from Morpeth neighbourhood team

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

A1 closed Northbound at Morpeth due to serious accident

The A1 Northbound is closed due to serious accident between A197 (Morpeth South Turn Off) and A192 (Morpeth North Turn Off).

There is a diversion in place.

It will take you via Morpeth to rejoin at the Northgate Hospital

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