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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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Two days since 92-year-old man went missing in Corbridge

Police investigating the disappearance of a 92-year-old man in Corbridge, Northumberland, have asked the public for information about his daily routine and places he often visits, to give them clues about where he might be.

Thomas Diggle was last seen on Thursday at his home in Abbeyfield House, Market Place.

It has now been two days since Mr Diggle was last seen, and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

"He is an elderly man, and given the current weather conditions it is concerning. We know he can't walk that far and walks with a stoop and we believe he had a walking stick with him. He may have been wearing a flat cap and dark coloured long wool coat.

"Extensive enquiries are being carried out to trace him, if anyone has seen him or knows where he is we would urge them to get in contact with us.

"Likewise, we would like to hear from anyone who knows him and can help us with information about his daily routine or the places he often visits. Any information could prove crucial in helping us find him."

– Supt Steve Howes, Northumbria Police

Prison inmates take over wing of HMP Northumberland

More than 50 inmates reportedly took over part of HMP Northumberland in Acklington overnight. There were no reports of injuries, but officers at the prison confirmed a "disturbance" had taken place over several hours.

A spokesman for Sodexo, which has managed the prison since December, said: "We can confirm there was a disturbance at HMP Northumberland.

"It was confined to part of one wing of the prison and has now been resolved. We will carry out an investigation into this incident."

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Photo of missing 92-year-old man from Corbridge

Northumbria Police have released this photo of missing 92-year-old man Thomas Diggle, who has been missing from his home in Corbridge, Northumberland, since 9:30pm on Thursday.

Thomas Diggle walks with a stick and is unlikely to have travelled far

He is white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with thin grey hair and walks with a stoop. He was wearing a flat cap, dark coloured long wool coat and a walking stick.

Police said Mr Diggle cannot walk far and officers are concerned about his welfare in the bad weather.

92-year-old man missing in Corbridge

A man aged 92 is missing from Corbridge in Northumberland. Thomas Diggle, of Abbeyfield House in Market Place has not been seen since 9.30pm on Thursday.

He is white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with thin grey hair and walks with a stoop. He was wearing a flat cap, dark coloured long wool coat and a walking stick.

Police said Mr Diggle cannot walk far and officers are concerned about his welfare in the bad weather.

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Elvis' hair to be sold at auction

A lock of Elvis Presley's hair could be available for a snip as it is set to go under the hammer in Northumberland.

The single strand, which is displayed in the middle of a record and framed picture of The King, is up for grabs on Saturday at the Northern Auction Centre.

The hair also comes with a letter from a man called Thomas Morgan, who knew Elvis and claims to have been a friend of the singer's hairdresser, Homer Gilleland.

Mr Morgan says that Mr Gilleland accompanied the star on many tours and that the bag of hair clippings he built up was one of his prized possessions.

"We have never sold Elvis' hair before. It came from a deceased estate and we didn't know much about it.

"I processed it quite quickly and did not actually look at the back until someone said there was stuff behind the picture.

"When we had a look we found some provenance with a certificate saying it was Elvis' hair.

"It's not something you come across every day and it's here to be sold for whatever it makes on the day, there's no reserve.

"It could £50, it could make £5,000 but it is a rare thing and we are quite confident it is what it says it is."

– Jim Railton, Northern Auction Centre
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