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Emergency searches for 19 walkers in the Cheviot Hills

Map of where the walkers went missing Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Emergency services were called out just after 7.30pm last night (WED 27) after a group of walkers failed to arrive at their planned destination in Northumberland.

The group of 19 adults, who were not local, had been out on a hike in the Cheviot Hills, but they never showed up to meet their bus at Langleeford, near Wooler as planned.

A search started involving Northumbria Police officers, police helicopter and partners at Mountain Rescue and Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

By 8.38pm, three of the walkers had made their way to a farmhouse in Wooler, and by 9.27pm the remaining walkers were all confirmed as accounted for .

They were found by the police helicopter near Langleeford.

One of the walkers suffered a minor leg injury but all were safe - thought in the main to be down to the fact all were experienced walkers with good quality suitable clothing and equipment.

"Officers assisted in the search for this group with our partners and we were pleased that the incident ended positively with everyone safely accounted for. It is always advisable for walkers to leave route details which can assist the co-ordination of any subsequent searches."

– Chief Inspector Dave Gould, of Northumbria Police


Search ends for 'missing mountain biker' using false name

It had been thought that the mountain biker was missing in the Cheviot Hills. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The search for a mountain biker thought to be missing in the Cheviot Hills has ended as police now think it was a false alarm.

Rescue teams from Northumberland and the Scottish Borders joined together to search for a man thought be called David Bibby, who was reported missing on Thursday 15 January.

Staff from a hotel in Wooler, in Northumberland, had raised the alarm after Mr Bibby failed to turn up for dinner.

Northumbria Police now say that the man gave hotel staff a false name and false information about going cycling.

Police are carrying out enquiries to identify the man and speak to him about the incident.

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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Children's Countryside Day teaches children about their food

As many of us buy our food from the supermarket, it would be easy for our children to think it starts out there. Even those who live in the countryside do not always make the connection between farming and the dinner table.

The Children's Countryside Day in Northumberland is designed to fill in the blanks by giving children a day of hands-on farm experience.

Watch the full report below.