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Sex assault on woman in Haltwhistle

A woman, aged 46, has been sexually assaulted after being dragged into an alleyway in a Northumberland town.

Comrade Club, Haltwhistle. Credit: Google

The woman was standing outside the Comrade Club, on Main Street, when she was approached by a man who dragged her into a nearby alleyway, and sexually assaulted her.

It happened at approximately 11.30pm on New Year's Day.

The woman also received facial injuries during the attack.

"This was a busy evening in the town with it being a Bank Holiday, and people were coming and going to the Club.

"We'd appeal to people to think if they may have seen or heard anything which could help with our enquiries.

"Officers are investigating this incident and we have additional officers in the area to carry out enquiries and speak to local people. Anyone with concerns is asked to speak to an officer."

– Inspector Pam Bridges, Northumbria Police

Polcie say the attacker is in his 30's, approximately 5' 6" tall, stocky build, with short dark hair shaved on the sides and long on top, and a Cumbrian accent.

He was wearing a dark coloured V-neck short sleeved T-shirt and jeans.

Family tribute to 'fun-loving' Jamie from Haltwhistle

Jamie Armstrong with his nephew Conan. Credit: Cumbria Police

A family has paid tribute to a man who died in a road crash on the A66, close to the border of Cumbria and County Durham.

Jamie Armstrong was 30 and from Haltwhistle in Northumberland.

He died on Thursday when the car he was driving was involved in a collision with a lorry.

"Jamie who was known as “Jam”, was a fun loving lad who loved travelling and work. He always lived life to the full. Jamie has friends all over the world. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him."

– Family statement

Jamie’s family also thanked everyone for their kind words.

The fatal collision happened near to the Stainmore Cafe at around 5.20am last Thursday.

Cumbria Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision, or who were in the area at the time.


Pocket watch mystery solved

The search for the rightful owner of a gold pocket watch presented to a World War One hero has ended.

ITV Tyne Tees reported last week how a Northumberland woman found the watch - belonging to a Wesley Jackson - in her late father's possessions.

Enid Hugill, from Gateshead, contacted Tyne Tees after seeing the programme. It is thought the watch belongs to the nephew of Enid's grandfather.

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Enid Hugill says she is "absolutely delighted" with the find:


Boy remains in critical condition after A69 crash

An 11-year-old-boy remians in a critical condition this evening after the car he was in crashed onto the Carlisle to Newcastle railway next to the A69.

It happened on Wednesday evening, December 5, between Greenhead and Haltwhistle in Northumberland.

The car was then hit by a freight train.

The boy was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle. A woman and a teenage boy who were also in the car suffered minor injuries.

Police appeal after A69 crash leaves boy in hospital

Police are appealing for information about a crash that happened on the A69 in Northumberland yesterday (December 5th).

The incident happened between Greenhead and Haltwhistle when for reasons yet to be established, a black Range Rover left the road and crashed onto the railway line where it collided with a train.

An 11-year-old boy was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary by air ambulance and his condition is described as critical.

Police are appealing for anyone who was on the A69 at the time of the crash to contact them on 101.

"We are appealing for anyone who was on the A69 in the Greenhead area at about 4.30pm yesterday to contact us.

Even if they didn't witness the collision, they may have useful information that could help with the investigation."

– Chief Inspector Peter Reeve
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