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River search called off in Morpeth

The Marine Unit has spent the day searching the River Wansbeck in Morpeth. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Emergency services have stopped searches for a man who they believed may have entered the river in Morpeth.

Officers on patrol near Whorral Bank saw the man, who's in his 40's, on the riverbank, just after 2am this morning.

But when they went to check on him, he'd disappeared.

Searches on the River Wansbeck close to where he was last seen have found no trace of him or any signs he went into the water.

PICTURES: Rescue teams search river for missing man

Police fear man may have gone into river in Morpeth

Search continues for missing man in Morpeth. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Emergency services are searching a section of the River Wansbeck at Whorral Bank, Morpeth for a man feared to have gone into the water.

Emergency services were alerted by officers on patrol at 2:20am this morning. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Officers saw a man in his 40s next to the riverbank at around 2am this morning but when they went to look for him, they found no sign of him.

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.

The Marine Unit is searching a section of the River Wansbeck at Whorral Bank. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees


Morpeth river search for missing man

Emergency services search a section of the river at Whorral Bank, Morpeth. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police are searching for a man in his 40s who was last seen near the river in Morpeth in the early hours of this morning.

Officers on patrol at Whorral Bank saw a man standing next to the water just after 2am.

When they went to check on him, they found no sign of him.

Police say an immediate search was carried out of the area nearby but they were unable to locate him.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

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.

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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