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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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Search continues for missing Northumberland man

Northumberland man has been missing over a week

Police are continuing their search in Corbridge in Northumberland for 92-year-old Thomas Diggle who went missing a week ago.

There have extra patrols on the streets and leaflets have also been distributed and hung in shop windows.

Officers have extended their search to the River Tyne.

Firm fined after apprentice has finger amputated

A company in Northumberland has been fined thousands of pounds after an apprentice had to have his finger amputated.

The 18-year-old's left hand was crushed in machinery during the third year of his apprenticeship at Miller UK Ltd in March 2013.

Bedlington Magistrates' fined the firm £8,000 and ordered them to pay £894.95 in costs.

The teenager was working on a large guillotine cutting a piece of metal at the premises in Cramlington, which was held in place between the blade and cutting table by mechanical clamps.

As he loaded metal into the machine, his left hand got stuck between the clamps and the blade.

As well as having his index finger amputated, he also broke another finger.

This young man is now living with a permanent impairment but his injuries could have easily been avoided had Miller UK Ltd adequately assessed the risks, which would have spotted that the guard was not effective.

This failing was compounded by poor maintenance and a breakdown in the fault reporting system – which together led to one of its workers suffering severe injuries.

Guards and safety systems are there for a reason and companies have a legal duty of care to ensure they are properly fitted and working effectively at all times.

– HSE Inspector Laura Catterall

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Where to park for free in Northumberland

Here is a list of locations in Northumberland where free parking has been introduced from today.

  • Alnwick
  • Bamburgh
  • Berwick (except Berwick Railway Station)
  • Hexham
  • Morpeth
  • Rothbury
  • Wooler

Here is a list of locations in Northumberland where drivers will still be charged to park:

  • Corbridge
  • Craster
  • Holy Island
  • Newton by the Sea
  • Seahouses
  • Berwick Railway Station

Free parking in Northumberland

It is the day many drivers and shoppers in Northumberland have been waiting for - the start of free parking in many towns and villages.

Today that day arrived with car parking charges dropped in many town and villages, but not all.

It is hoped free parking will boost visitor numbers. Credit: ITV News

Northumberland County Council asked parish councils across the county to decide whether to introduce free parking, as part of a scheme designed to increase trade, particularly in market towns.

This has resulted in a varied picture across the county with many areas introducing free parking.

Others, meanwhile, continue to charge.

Motorists are advised to check before leaving their cars unattended at council-run car parks.

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