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TRAVEL: East Coast Main Line update

British Transport Police say a person has been hit by a train on the East Coast Main Line between Morpeth and Alnmouth.

Fatality on East Coast Main Line Credit: Bing

We were called shortly before 2pm on Tuesday, 25 August, to reports of a person being struck by a train close to a foot crossing in Warkworth, Northumberland.

Colleagues from Northumbria Police and North East Ambulance Service also attended, and a person was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious, and officers are now working to identify the person and inform their family.

A file will be prepared for the coroner."

– British Transport Police

Trains are having to run at a reduced speed on some lines, and may be delayed by up to an hour and a half or cancelled at short notice.

TRAVEL: Delays on East Coast Main Line

Train services on Virgin Trains East Coast, CrossCountry and Northern Rail are being disrupted between Morpeth and Alnmouth due to emergency services dealing with an incident.

Trains are having to run at a reduced speed on some lines, and may be delayed by up to an hour or cancelled at short notice.

Virgin Trains says there is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 16:30.

Alternative travel options

CrossCountry passengers may use:

  • Virgin Trains services between Birmingham New Street and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh
  • First TransPennine Express services between Manchester Piccadilly and Edinburgh / GlasgowCentral
  • Virgin Trains East Coast services between Doncaster and Edinburgh
  • ScotRail services between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central via Shotts or Motherwell

Virgin Trains East Coast passengers may use:

  • Virgin Trains services between London Euston and Edinburgh / Glasgow Central.
  • CrossCountry services between Doncaster and Edinburgh

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Five car collision outside the Corner House in Newcastle

Five cars have been involved in a collision outside the Corner House at the crossroads of Heaton Road and the Coast Road in Newcastle this afternoon, August 20th.

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Passenger has ear bitten off during flight from Newcastle to Ibiza

The incident took place on a crowded Jet2 flight on Sunday evening Credit: PA

A passenger had half his ear bitten off while en-route to his holiday in Spain. The attack happened on a Jet2 flight between Newcastle and Ibiza on Sunday evening.

A popular destination, Cafe del Mar in Ibiza. Credit: PA

According to Mirror.co.uk, the victim is a man aged between 18 and 25 who is now receiving treatment in Spain in an attempt to save his ear, which was savaged shortly before the plane landed on Sunday evening.

On the same afternoon police attended another incident at Newcastle airport where they had to escort a stag party from a Flybe flight to Stanstead.

Northumbria Police say they have received a report of the assault and are appealing for witnesses to the incident.

A spokesman for the airline said:

“We are aware that an incident happened onboard a flight from Newcastle to Ibiza on Sunday 16th August between two customers. We are working closely with Northumbria Police and the parties involved to fully investigate the reported incident so that we can take the appropriate action. The safety of our customers is of upmost importance to us and aggressive behaviour will simply not be tolerated.”

– Phil Ward, Managing Director of Jet2

A1 Gateshead Western Bypass to close overnight

Traffic on the A1 in Gateshead Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The A1 in Gateshead will be closed overnight tonight as works to improve the road continue. The northbound A1 will be closed from junction 68 at Lobley Hill to junction 69 at the A184 Gateshead Quay from 8pm on tonight until 9am on Saturday. The southbound A1 from junction 69 to junction 68 and the A184 westbound will be closed during the same times.

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