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Police appeal after man dies in A696 crash

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: PA

Northumbria Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal collision on the A696 north of Ponteland.

The incident happened last Friday 2 December just before 3pm, and involved a van, a Volkswagen Golf and an Isuzu pick up.

Emergency services were called but the driver of the Golf, a man from Newcastle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The occupants of the other vehicles suffered minor injuries, and the road was closed for around four hours.

Anyone who saw the collision is asked to contact police on 101.

Extra patrols to tackle youth disorder in Ponteland

There will be extra police patrols in Ponteland, Northumberland, this weekend.

Northumbria Police. Credit: Northumbria Police

People in the Ponteland area will see more police patrols this weekend.

It follows a recent spate of anti-social behaviour in the village.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said officers will be tackling the issue with high visibility patrols in areas where there has been previously reported problems.

They will be targeting underage drinking and anyone found supplying or buying alcohol for children will face a fine.

Police are also advising that parents should be aware that their child may be part of the problem by being one of the youths engaging in this type of behaviour.

Any reports of ASB in the village will be followed up with police visits to schools.

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Telephone scam in Ponteland

Scammers are continuing to target people in Ponteland claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police.

They are not genuine calls. Police in Northumberland are urging residents not to respond to calls being made from people claiming to be from the Met Police.

There have been a number of reports made to police from Ponteland residents about this over the last few days.

These are scam calls and police are advising you hang up and contact 101. Do not give out any details.

"A police officer will never ask you to move funds from one bank account to another or ask for any personal bank details. That would not happen. Anyone who says they are a police officer and asks you to do this are fraudsters.

"Please remain vigilant and contact us immediately if you receive a similar call."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates

If you receive such a call, please contact police on 101.

Tribute to author after partner charged with murder

Police have confirmed that a body found in the grounds of a house in Royston, Hertfordshire, was that of children's author Helen Bailey.

The following statement has been issued on behalf of Helen's family:

Helen Bailey's family pay tribute. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

“We share with Helen’s friends, neighbours and fans our shock, disbelief and sadness at the news of her tragic death.

"As a family we also stand in solidarity with those around the world who have also suffered loss under tragic circumstances.

"Helen was immensely witty and talented. We love her deeply and are immensely proud of her achievements. She is now at peace and we shall all miss her terribly.

“We wish to express our gratitude to the Police as well as all those who supported us in the search for Helen in whatever way they could.

“In life, Helen was a very just person and we know that she would now wish, like us, for justice to be done.

“As will be understandable, we request that our privacy be respected at this awful time.”

Helen, originally from Ponteland, Northumberland, had been missing since April 11th 2016.

Her body was found during a police search at her home in Royston on Friday.

Her partner, Ian Stewart has been charged with her murder.

Helen Bailey with Ian Stewart, who has been charged with her murder.

Mr Stewart, 55, has also been charged with preventing a lawful burial and with perverting the course of justice.

He appeared before magistrates on Saturday morning and was remanded into custody.

Author's partner in court charged with her murder

Helen Bailey

The partner of Northumberland-born children's author Helen Bailey has appeared in court on Saturday morning charged with her murder.

A body was found in the grounds of Helen's home, in Royston yesterday - just over three months sincer she had last been seen alive.

Ian Stewart, who is 55 years old and from Baldock Road in Royston, is charged with murdering the 51 year old in Royston, on April 11, 2016, perverting the course of justice (reporting Helen Bailey as missing to police and hiding her body) and preventing lawful burial.

He appeared at Hatfield Remand Court this morning.

No bail application was made and he was remanded into custody.

Mr Stewart will appear at St Albans Crown Court on Monday, July 18.

Author's partner charged with her murder

Helen Bailey.

The partner of the Northumberland-born children's author, Helen Bailey, has been charged with her murder.

It comes after police recovered a body at her home in Royston, Hertfordshire, yesterday.

Helen, who was raised in Ponteland, was last seen alive on April 11th 2016 as she walked her dog near her home.

Ian Stewart, who is 55 years old and from Baldock Road in Royston, was last night charged with murder, perverting the course of justice (reporting Helen Bailey as missing to police and hiding her body) and preventing lawful burial.

He will appear before Hatfield Remand Court today (July 16).

A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Monday, July 18 and specialist searches at her home continue.

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