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Royal Navy crew to march through Morpeth today

HMS Northumberland. Credit: Ministry of Defence

More than 160 service men and women from the county's adopted warship, HMS Northumberland, will march through the streets of Morpeth today to re-affirm its Right of Freedom of the County of Northumberland.

Musicians from the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland dressed in scarlet tunics, bearskins and kilts will lead an armed guard, colour party and the ship's company through the town.

The parade will start in Coopies Lane at 1.30pm, marching down to Mafeking roundabout and following the A197 down over the Bridge, turning left on to Bridge Street.

The parade will halt outside Morpeth Town Hall for a short ceremony where the scroll awarding the honour of freedom to HMS Northumberland, will be presented to the Commanding Officer, Commander Trish Kohn, Royal Navy.

Temporary road closures will be in place in the immediate area of the parade. The closures will be rolling and once the parade has passed the road will immediately reopen. Spectators are asked to get into the town early to avoid any congestion.

HMS Northumberland, built in Wallsend by Swan Hunter, was first granted its Freedom of Northumberland in 2004.

It is an immensely exciting time for both the Ship's company and I to bring HMS Northumberland back home. Launched on the Tyne, 23 years ago, the Type 23 Frigate has been the backbone of the Naval Service for some 21 years deploying across the world in response to any given tasking, and HMS Northumberland continues to protect us and our country to this day. I know I speak on behalf of the Ship's Company when I say we are very much looking forward to our visit and the program of events across the weekend".

– Commander Trish Kohn, HMS Northumberland

HMS Northumberland is currently berthed at Northumbria Quay, North Shields, and will be open to the public on Saturday 27th June between 11am and 4pm.

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Police speaking to residents after Wallsend robbery

Police are appealing for information Credit: ITV News

Police are checking CCTV footage and speaking to residents in an area where a 76 year old woman was knocked unconscious during a robbery. It happened at 11.45pm on Friday in Carville Road, Wallsend. The woman tried to stop one of two men stealing her handbag but was pulled to the ground and injured. A man and woman who were in the area found her and called for an ambulance.

76 year old woman knocked unconscious during robbery

A 76 year old woman was knocked unconscious during a robbery in North Tyneside. She suffered a head injury falling to the ground as two men tried to steal her handbag. It happened in Carville road, Wallsend, at just before midnight on Friday. The woman was taken to hospital and is now recovering at home. Officers are carrying out enquiries in the area.

Vigil to be held for cow shot dead by police

'Bessie' was shot by police Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A candlelit vigil will take place tonight to remember a cow shot dead by police in Wallsend.

A Facebook page set up to remember 'Bessie' - who was given the name after her death - already has more than 6,000 'likes'.

Police shot dead the escaped cow following a massive operation involving armed officers and a helicopter.

The cow was one of three to escape from a farm in Wallsend on Sunday 17 May.

Now a Facebook page called RIP Wallsend Cow is attracting followers from across the country.

They're being urged to "Light a Candle for Bessie' at 6.30pm in Wallsend tonight.

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Man stabbed in Wallsend

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Wallsend.

Officers were called to reports that a 20-year-old man had been assaulted in the street outside the Premier Shop on Tynemouth Road on May 13.

The man was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary where he is still receiving treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening and his condition is described as stable.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in custody helping police with their enquiries. Officers believe the men know each other.

Security guard threatened with knife in Wallsend

Police are appealing for witnesses after a security guard was threatened by a man carrying a knife on North Tyneside.

It happened at 1.15pm on April 29, on Frank Street in Wallsend outside the old Town Hall. The offender took money and made off along High Street East. He is described as white, stocky , wearing grey jogging bottoms, and a dark coloured top.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Wallsend school closed on Monday for Powergrid work

Hadrian Park Primary School, in Wallsend, will be closed to all staff and pupils on Monday, April 20, to allow Northern Powergrid to complete essential work.

The power supply to the local area, including the school, will be disconnected between the hours of 9am and 4pm.

Normal school hours will resume on Tuesday, April 21.

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