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Council to sell off headquarters

Northumberland Councillor David Parker, a Morpeth resident, says selling off County Hall would be "devastating".

It comes after Northumberland County Council has confirmed plans to sell of its headquarters in Morpeth.

The council needs to save £130million and it's hoped by moving staff out of the building it can save other services.

Council will sell county hall to save money

Northumberland County Council has confirmed its headquarters will be sold. The Labour run council will sell off County Hall in Morpeth in a bid to save £130 million.

They want to move workers to smaller, cheaper buildings in places like Ashington, Berwick and Hexham.

The council says it's selling the land to a housing developer, so it can save leisure centres and libraries, livelihoods and jobs.

Manslaughter charge after pub death

Police investigating the death of a Northumberland man outside a pub in Chester have charged a man with manslaughter.

Ronald Hayes, who was 63 and from Morpeth, died after an incident in November.

Kevin Gardner, 26, of Westminster Road, Ellesmere Port, has been charged with the manslaughter of Ronald Hayes. He has been bailed to appear at Chester Magistrates Court on 7 January 2014.

Spate of car thefts in Morpeth

Police are urging motorists in the Morpeth area to be vigilant following a number of thefts from cars.

There have been several thefts reported in the villages of Pegswood and Longhirst over the last week.

These include an incident in Bamburgh Drive in Pegswood, two on Micklewood Close in Longhirst and one in Longhirst Hall car park.

"I urge people to be extra vigilant in these areas and do not leave yourself vulnerable to opportunist thieves.

"I have had additional officers on patrol in the area for extra reassurance. They found a number of vehicles have been left insecure and belongings on display.

"Please don't allow these thieves to cause an inconvenience to you and make sure you take a few extra seconds to check your vehicle - make sure it is locked and make sure no valuables are left visible.

– Karen Murray, Neighbourhood Inspector

Anyone with any information can contact the police on 101 ext 69191 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111


Police concerned for missing Durham man

Durham Police are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of an elderly man who has gone missing.

Peter Hodgson, 76, was reporting missing from his home on Hylton Road, in Newton Hall at 7:30am on Wednesday.

Sergeant Bridget Orton, who is coordinating the investigation, said:

"We are eager to trace Peter as soon as possible as he is reliant on specific medication which he does not have with him. He also may be confused and his family are very concerned for his welfare. Peter has links to both the Morpeth and Edinburgh areas and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen him."

– Sgt Bridget Orton, Durham Police

Anyone who knows of Mr Hodgson's whereabouts is asked to contact Durham Police on 101.

Mini-roundabout back following protests

A mini roundabout will be reinstated at a busy junction in Morpeth following complaints that traffic lights are causing long delays.

The lights were installed at Teford Bridge last year, sparking protests from local people and businesses.

Now the lights will be removed at a cost of £18,000 and replaced by a mini-roundabout for a six month trial.

These local people say it is worth the cost:

The lights will be removed as part of a planned closure of the bridge on 12th October.

Controversial traffic lights to be removed

The lights have caused complaints in Morpeth Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A set of traffic lights will be removed from a busy junction in Morpeth, following complaints from local people and businesses.

The lights were installed last year, replacing a mini-roundabout. Now the roundabout is to be reinstated for a six month trial.

The removal of the lights is costing £18,000. Northumberland County Council says technical data suggested that signals would be the best way to deal with increasing traffic.

It says it is 'responding to the concerns of local residents by trialling a mini-roundabout and also looking for a longer term solution."

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.

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