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A1 northbound closed near Morpeth

The A1 northbound is closed in part of Northumberland. It follows an accident at Stannington near Morpeth.

The accident involving two vehicles happened at about 3:50pm today, September 14.

Police say emergency services are at the scene.

A diversion is in place through Stannington and onto the A192 through Morpeth.


Tractor sheds load and blocks Morpeth road

A tractor has shed its load of hay onto three vehicles on Newgate Street, Morpeth.

The driver of the pickup was freed by the fire brigade and taken to hospital by ambulance.

The tractor has lost its load on the road Credit: Keith Harbottle

No pedestrians are thought to have been hurt.

Traffic is being diverted away from Newgate Street through Morpeth.

The road is blocked Credit: Keith Harbottle

Weekend of commemorations to mark suffragette's death

Events will be held this weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of the funeral of Emily Wilding Davison.

The suffragette died in 1913, a few days after stepping onto the racecourse at Epsom. She was hit by the king's horse.

Emily's family was from Northumberland. Between 13th and 15th June, a series of centenary events will be held in and around Morpeth to remember a woman who fought for the vote.

On Saturday, a commemorative procession will take place between Morpeth railway station and St Mary's Church; the route of her funeral cortege.

Emily's relatives are travelling to Northumberland from around the world to take part.


Retired jockey back on course for charity

Returning to anything once you have retired can be daunting. But one man who spent his whole life riding horses has decided to take part in one more race.

Peter Craggs from Morpeth was one of the country's most successful amateur jockeys. When his career ended, he said he would never get back on a horse.

But he has and he will compete at York Racecourse later this month, for a cause close to his heart.

Sarah Kelly reports:

Man hit by lorry in Northumberland

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured after he was hit by a lorry in Northumberland.

The collision happened on the evening of Saturday 10 May near to the bus stop in Dark Lane, just east of the junction with St Georges Hospital in Morpeth.

A 62-year-old man was knocked down by a lorry travelling east along the road and was taken to hospital with serious injuries. He remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the vehicle was spoken to at the scene. Police are now trying to establish the what happened and are asking any witnesses to contact them.

Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

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