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Laughing gas stolen from hospital

Two canisters of laughing gas have been stolen from a hospital in Northumberland.

The gas, which is also known as the Nitrous Oxide, was stolen from a storage cupboard in the grounds of Alnwick Infirmary between Friday evening (July 31) and Saturday morning.

"The gas has a similar effect to helium and is often referred to as a laughing gas. If it is consumed in large amounts it has the potential to suffocate the user.

"It is also a flammable source if it's exposed to a naked flame or extreme heat conditions.

"I'd ask anyone who has information about the theft now to contact police immediately."

– Acting Inspector Mick Quinn, Northumbria Police

Concern over missing Northumberland teenager

Police in Northumberland are looking for 15-year-old boy who has been missing for more than a week.

Zac Wardle was last seen at about 7pm on Friday, July 24, in Netherton Park in Stannington near Morpeth.

He is described as around 5ft 10 inches tall, slim build with blonde spikey hair.

He was last seen wearing a black Nike tracksuit top and bottoms and black/orange Nike trainers.

It is thought Zac may have left Northumberland.

He has links to South Yorkshire, particularly the Rotherham area.

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Young people are custodians of countryside

Local people between the ages of 16-25 will be able to play an active role in governing Northumberland National Park and encouraging others to help look after it – today and for the future. Environment Minister Rory Stewart announced the setting up of the country's first National Park Youth Cabinet today during National Parks week.

National Parks are a corner stone of rural economies generating over £4 billion each year.

Environment Minister Rory Stewart said:

“With more than 90 million annual visitors to our National Parks they are an essential and very valuable part of rural life, bringing jobs and investment.

“It’s absolutely right young people – the future custodians of our natural world – have a say in how they are run.

“Important projects like this make that happen, giving teenagers and young adults first hand understanding of their true value – not just in monetary terms – but as part of our precious natural heritage.”

Minister Rory Stewart with representatives from the newly launched Northumberland National Park Youth Cabinet and members of the Youth Mosaic Project Credit: DEFRA
Minister Rory Stewart learns how to make pizza during his visit to Northumberland National Park Credit: DEFRA

Glen Sanderson, Chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “Our Youth Cabinet puts young people at the heart of what we do at the National Park as they are an integral part of the decision making process, and we listen and learn much from their views. National Parks are amongst Britain's most valued treasures, and we are ensuring that we do all we can to encourage young people to learn about, explore, and care for our National Parks so that future generations can continue to enjoy these national assets for years to come.”

Ian Riddle, age 25, from Bellingham, Northumberland, joined the Youth Cabinet to encourage other young people to get involved in the National Park, he said: “I think it’s really important for young people to have their say and have the opportunity to get involved with the Park. The Cabinet offers young people from all backgrounds and walks of life the chance to have our voices heard and influence how the National Park is run.”

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