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'Noxious substance' used in aggravated burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary in Ashington.

A man entered the premises and threw what is believed to be a noxious substance in the face of a man. It happened on Front Street in Newbiggin on March 31.

The man is in a stable condition. Nothing was stolen during the incident and officers are appealing for witnesses.

Aggravated burglary in Newcastle

Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Newcastle.

Three men wearing ski masks, armed with knives, entered an address in Eastgarth, Newbiggin Hall, just before 1am on January 26. They threatened a resident and left the scene in a white van.

Nothing was stolen during the incident and there were no injuries.

Police are asking for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them on 101.


Good Samaritan assaulted in Newbiggin

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a good Samaritan was assaulted in Newbiggin.

The attack happened at 6.50am on Sunday 16 June close to a footpath opposite bungalows on Memorial Square, Newbiggin.

The Good Samaritan, a 32-year-old man, was walking from Eastlea toward Memorial Square with a woman when they witnessed a violent argument between another man and woman.

When they intervened the man was hit with a piece of wood and suffered a fractured left wrist.

The man who attacked him is:

  • White
  • Of slim build
  • Around 30-years-old
  • 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall
  • Pale complexion
  • Short light brown hair
  • Wearing a bright red Nike hooded top with a black Nike emblem on the front. He was also wearing black jeans and brown tan ankle boots.

The woman who was with him is:

  • White
  • Of slim build
  • around 23-years-old
  • 5 feet 6 inches tall
  • Long, dark-brown, straight hair
  • Heavy black eye make-up
  • Wearing a white Lonsdale tracksuit and white trainers with pink detailing

Puppies stolen in Barnard Castle

Police are appealing for information after nine puppies were stolen from a house in Newbiggin in Barnard Castle.

The nine puppies were stolen from Barnard Castle Credit: Durham Constabulary

If you have any information in relation to the theft, please call Durham Constabulary on the 101 non-emergency number.

Community mural unveiled

Volunteers with their mural designed to reflect local history Credit: Gentoo group

The seafront at Newbiggin in Northumberland has a new look thanks to a mural which has been erected by local volunteers.

The aim of the community project was to reflect the area's local history and industrial past.

Volunteers worked with artist James Mellon to come up with the design. It's part of a joint scheme between regeneration charity Groundwork North East and Gentoo and Bernicia Group's renewed home improvement partnership.


Kayakers set off on round Britain trip

Three men have set off from Newbiggin in Northumberland to kayak around Britain.The three - including brothers Craig and Stuart Leslie - will be the youngest team ever to complete the trip which they're doing anticlockwise against prevailing winds.

They hope to raise £10,000 for charities including Newcastle-based Keyfund which supports disadvantages youngsters, the Children's Heart Unit fund, and Kidney Research UK. They're aiming to be back in ninety days.