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My Year: Mark Wood

2019, the year that saw Mark Wood become a World Cup winner Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

By his own admission, 2019 has been the best year of Mark Wood's life.

The Ashington-born Cricketer won the World Cup with England alongside his superstar Durham teammate Ben Stokes. He also became a father for the first time.

Mark sat down with our sports correspondent Simon O'Rourke, to tell us the story of a remarkable 12 months.

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Police investigate report woman was raped by two men in Ashington

Police are investigating after a woman reported being raped by two men in a wooded area of Northumberland.

It allegedly happened at Black Close Bank in Ashington, between 12noon and 12.30pm on Saturday, May 19.

The first suspect is described as a white male in his 50s, around 5ft 5ins tall, of medium build with short grey hair. He was wearing a polo shirt with checked shorts, and is believed to have driven away in a dark-coloured car.

Minutes after the first incident, in the same location, a second unknown male is reported to have raped the same woman before leaving on foot.

The second suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, taller than 5ft 3ins, of large build with short hair. He was wearing a zip-up dark jacket, blue jeans and was carrying a hessian bag.

“A thorough investigation is under way and specially trained offices are supporting the victim and her family at this time.

“We have increased patrols in the area and would like to assure the local community that we are doing everything possible to bring those responsible to justice.

"If anyone has any information they think may be useful to our investigation, or saw men matching the descriptions above around the time the incidents took place, then I would ask them to get in contact with us."

– Detective Constable Nicola Bell, from Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for help from the public and want to speak to anyone who was in the area and may have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1187 190518.

Woman's body found in Stakeford, Northumberland

Police are investigating a woman's death in Northumberland. Credit: ITV News

Police in Northumberland have launched an investigation after the death of a woman in Stakeford, near Ashington.

At 6.48pm on Thursday, November 9, police received a report of concern for a woman at an address in Woodhorn Drive in Stakeford.

Police officers had to force their way into the property, where they then found the body of a woman.

She has been identified as Lisa Alderton, aged 36, from Woodhorn Drive, Stakeford.

A police spokesman said an investigation is ongoing into how the woman died, although there is not believed to have been any third party involvement.


Police investigating alleged Ashington rape

Police investigating alleged Ashington rape

Police have launched an investigation after a reported rape in Ashington.

A female went for a walk at around 1.30am on 29 June, and was attacked in the area of Langwell Crescent.

Police are looking for a male in connection with the incident who is described as white with a Tyneside accent and large build.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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