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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.

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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

Clothes find prompts Christmas Day search in Alnmouth

A search was carried out lead by Northumbria Police Credit: ITV News

A major police search was sparked after a set of men's clothes were found next to a river inlet on Christmas Day.

The clothes were discovered just after 8.30am on Christmas Day next to the river inlet from the sea into Alnmouth, Northumberland.

An extensive search of the area was carried out - including a search of the water, and with the police helicopter and coastguard.

The owner of the clothes was found in a nearby house and is safe and well and the search has come to an end.

Police appeal following cricket club fight

Police are appealing for information after a disturbance in Alnmouth

At 12:20am on Sunday (July 27) police received a report that a group of men had been fighting at an event being held at Alnmouth and Lesbury cricket club.

Officers attended and arrested one man on suspicion of affray. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

No one was seriously injured during the incident and enquiries are ongoing.

"We were called to a report of a small group of people fighting and have arrested one man in connection with the incident. This was a charity fund raising event being held for a good cause and it's such a shame that a minority have chosen to cause problems. Enquiries are ongoing and if anyone has any information that could help us with our enquiries I'd ask them to contact us."

– Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott

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Silverware stolen from 101-year-old man

Some of the items that were stolen Credit: Northumbria Police

A large amount of silverware has been stolen from the home of a 101-year-old man in Northumberland.

The man's house in Alnmouth was broken into on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 19th, and thieves stole a large number of silver items, including cutlery, cups, jugs and other ornaments.

DC Alan Bogle said:

"A burglary like this is always distressing, but particularly so at Christmas and when it involves such an elderly victim.

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***Some of the items taken are valuable and are distinctive and I would hope that anyone offered them for sale would do the right thing and contact police.*

This was a cruel and callous attack and I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward and contact officers in Alnwick."