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Workshops to boost astro tourism

The Government is helping to fund ten workshops for business people in the North East who want to exploit a growth in astro tourism.

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Food bank demand rises 800% in a year

Food banks surveyed for ITV News said they had more users last year than ever before. One, in Northumberland, saw demand rise by 800%.

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Thomas Diggle's body found at water station in Hexham

Thomas Diggle.
Thomas Diggle.

The body of a 92-year-old man, who had been missing for almost three weeks, has been found at a water station in Hexham.

Thomas Diggle was reported missing from his home in Corbridge on March 27.

The body was found on Monday, 14th April, in water at the Northumbria Water transfer station in Riding Mill in Hexham, and identified as Mr Diggle.

His next of kin have been told. Officers believe there was no-one else involved in his death. A report has been prepared for the coroner.

Police appeal after A1 crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after two people were seriously injured in a car crash in Northumberland.

Two cars collided on the A1 at Fairmoor at around 2:45am on Sunday. Three people were taken to hospital. A 22-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man suffered serious injuries.

The road was closed for a period whilst the vehicles were recovered.

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Northumberland shipwreck granted protected status

The remains of the vessel
It's now an offence to damage the wreck Credit: ITV News

A shipwreck found on the Northumberland coast has been granted protected status by English Heritage. The wreck is close to Bamburgh Castle and was discovered last summer. It had lay beneath the sand for hundreds of years and is still only visible at low tide.

Archeologists believe it dates back to the 18th century and was a British vessel. It's now been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument, which means it's an offence to damage the remains.

Northumberland's teenage pregnancy rate falls

Teenage pregnancy rates in Northumberland have dropped by a third, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

The conception rate for people under 18 in the county between 1998 and 2012 has fallen 32% to 28.4 per 1,000 conceptions, which is lower than the national average. Northumberland’s figures for 2012 also show a 12.6% reduction.

“By listening to young people we have been able to develop sexual health services to meet their needs and work towards addressing this complex issue. “As well as delivering specialist sexual health services for young people and making these more accessible, we do a lot of preventative work to encourage young people to have healthy lifestyles and to make informed decisions. “The new figures show us that effective guidance and support makes a real difference to maintaining and increasing reductions in teenage conception rates.”

– Jane Telfer, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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