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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.


Man dies after Longframlington collision

Police are appealing for information following a fatal collision on the A697 at Longframlington.

Police received a report on October 7 about a two vehicle collision at the junction for Rothbury. It happened 1/4 mile south of the New Moor House Crossroads just after midday.

Emergency Services attended and the driver of the first car, a 46-year-old man, died at the scene.

The driver of the second car, a man aged 45-year-old man and a woman passenger were taken to hospital for treatment.

Any witnesses are asked to call Northumbria Police on 101.

Man dies after tractor plummets into Northumberland quarry

A man is believed to have died in what police have called a "serious incident" at a stone quarry in Northumberland.

A police investigation is under way into the incident which happened at Harden Quarry, in Biddlestone, near Rothbury, at around 10.45am on Wednesday, October 7.

A tractor is thought to have plummeted 50ft into the quarry before bursting into flames. Lafarge Tarmac, which owns the site, has declined to comment.

However, Rothbury and Coquetdale Councillor Steven Bridgett issued the following statement:

"It is with great sadness that I have learned, following an incident at Harden (Biddlestone) Quarry in Upper Coquetdale, that a member of staff at the site tragically lost their life.

"We are a close knit community in Coquetdale and on behalf of the residents of the valley I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.

"I would also like to extend my sincerest appreciation to the emergency services who attended the scene today, who acted with professionalism and were a credit to Northumberland."

– Cllr Steven Bridgett, Rothbury & Coquetdale

Further delay to Rothbury road repairs

Northumberland County Council says the B6344 road at Crag End, Rothbury, will not now re-open until early 2016, more than three years after it was closed because of a landslip.

B6344 at Rothbury was closed after a major landslip on Boxing Day 2012. Credit: ITV News

The damage happened on Boxing Day 2012.

Repair work, costing £9m, didn't start until February this year, with the road scheduled to re-open by late Spring.

That schedule was later put back until November, because the job was proving harder than engineers originally thought it would.

That target has now been put back even further.

Repairs are not expected to be completed until early 2016. Credit: ITV News

“This is a very complex and challenging engineering project and it’s positive that some elements are ahead of schedule. We’ve always sought to keep the local community informed of progress and be upfront about any issues. One of these is difficult ground conditions that have created additional issues for the creation of a retaining wall, which are going more slowly than expected. We’re working with the contractor to try and address the issues as they arise and they’re putting extra resources into this aspect of the work but their ability to do this is limited by the physical conditions on site. While we all want the work to be complete as quickly as possible, it’s vital all aspects of the work are done to the highest standard and when finished will stand the test of time. “We will continue to keep the local community informed on progress with the scheme.”

– Cllr Ian Swithenbank, Northumberland County Council
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