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Fuel theft appeal after Rothbury incidents

Police are appealing for witnesses following fuel thefts in Rothbury over the weekend.

Between April 8 and April 9, thieves struck at Newtown Engineering on Rothbury Industrial Estate. Offenders stole 750 litres of diesel from a static tank after gaining entry to the compound and forcing the lock.

Another incident was reported at 9am on April 9, after a HGV waggon parked overnight beside Ewesley Farm, Ewesley in Scots Gap. Thieves syphoned £300 worth of diesel from the tank.

Several vehicles parked in David Appleby Builder's Yard, in Station Road in Rothbury had fuel stolen.

Police also received a report of an attempted fuel theft at Morrell Hirst Farm, Morrell Hirst.

"We're appealing to the rural community for information about these offences. "Park vehicles in view of CCTV, near security lighting or where the tank cannot be easily accessed i.e against a wall or building."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Liz Hall

Anyone with any information about any of these offences is asked to contact police on 101.


Suspected WWII bomb removed from Rothbury

Northumbria Police say a device found in the River Coquet in Roithbury, Northumberland, has now been removed by bomb disposal experts from Catterick.

Roads that had been closed have re-opened, and people have been allowed back into their homes.

The device found in Rothbury has been removed by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and a controlled explosion will be carried out elsewhere. All roads in Rothbury are now fully open. Residents and visitors are thanked for their patience while this matter was being dealt with."

– Northumbria Police spokesman

Rothbury WWII bomb 'found by divers'

Northumberland County councillor Steven Bridgett, whose ward is Rothbury, has said that he understand that the WWII bomb found in the town this morning, was discovered by divers who were making checks on the bridge.

The scene in Rothbury. Credit: ITV News

I understand the council had some diving contractors at the bridge today, doing one of their regular checks. They are possibly the ones who discovered it, they work on the River Tyne and on various other rivers, so I am sure they know what to recognise. Added dynamic is that the school is on the other side of the bridge."

– Cllr Steven Bridgett


Homes evacuated after WWII bomb found in Rothbury

The scene in Rothbury. Credit: ITV News
The scene in Rothbury. Credit: ITV News

Police have cordoned off a part of Rothbury, Northumberland, following the discovery of what is believed to be a WWII bomb.

Officers were called to the main bridge at Rothbury at 10.48am on Friday, December 16, following reports that an unexploded device had been discovered.

Officers attended the area next to the play park and found the device, believed to be a Second World War bomb, in the water next to the bridge.

As a precaution the police have put a 100 metre cordon in place and local shops and homes have been evacuated.

The road over the bridge is closed with local diversions are in place.

Emergency services remain on the scene and specialists from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team will attend to identify the item and dispose of it appropriately.

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