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Celebrations planned to mark 50 years since England won the World Cup

It is 50 years since England won the World Cup for the first and only time Credit: PA

Events are planned in Ashington this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of England's World Cup victory.

Captured on film by a local journalist, Jack and Sir Bobby Charlton returned home with their medals, shortly after the squad's success in 1966.

Crowds lined the streets for a special parade and civic reception.

Police investigate arson attack in Northumberland

Two people escaped uninjured after an arson attack in Ashington in Northumberland.

Emergency services were called to a house fire at 2am this morning (SAT) on Newbiggin Road in the town.

Two people were in the house at the time of the fire but escaped uninjured.

They were taken to hospital by paramedics to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Police and firefighters are treating the fire as a suspected arson.

"This is believed to be an isolated incident but extra officers are in the area to carry out enquiries and reassure any concerned members of the public.

– Northumbria Police


Teenager killed in Ashington car crash

A teenager has been killed in a car crash in Ashington.

At around 7.25pm on Wednesday, April 13, a blue Vauxhall Corsa came off the road on the A196 near South Farm, Choppington.

Emergency Services attended to the 17-year-old male passenger who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two men aged 17, were taken to hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The driver of the car, an 18-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody.

A section of the A196 was closed for several hours to allow for collision investigation to take place.

Police are appealing for witnesses.


'We're devastated Nick won't be home for Christmas'

The sister of a Northumberland man, facing his third Christmas awaiting justice in India, says her family is devastated that he won't be home before the new year.

Nick Dunn from Ashington is one of six Britons arrested for weapons offences inOctober 2013.

Two of the others are Paul Towers from York and Nicholas Simpson from Catterick.

In 2014 the case against the men was dropped by an Indian judge, but this decision was successfully appealed by the police, and the charges reinstated.

They have now been told that the final judgement in their case will be heard on January 11th.

Nick Dunn's sister Lisa broke down in tears when she reacted to the news:

Tower of London poppies on show in Northumberland

Poppies installed at the Tower of London to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of World War One last year will go on display in Northumberland.

The final poppies in the work are being planted by local schoolchildren. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Weeping Window cascade is made thousands of handmade poppies, which will go on display at the Woodhorn Museum on Saturday September 12.

poppies are in the structure.

More than five million people visited the sculpture in London in 2014, and it is hoped at least 6,000 will visit the display in Ashington during its opening weekend.

The artwork is currently touring sites around the UK until 2018 before being put on permanent display at the Imperial War Museum.

Millions of people have visited the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins. Credit: PA

The Woodhorn exhibition will be open everyday between 10am-5pm and will be on until November 1.

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