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Man arrested on suspicion of murder after 32-year-old dies in Hexham

A 32-year-old man has died after being found unconscious on Priestopple in Hexham. Credit: Google maps

Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of a man in Hexham.

It happened in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police received a report that a man had been found unconscious with head injuries outside the Studio Sport Bar on Priestpopple, Hexham. Officers found a 32-year-old man being treated by paramedics. He died at the scene as result of his injuries.

A 25-year-old man on suspicion of murder and he is currently in custody.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Dave English said:

We know there were several people in the area at the time of the assault and we would ask them to come forward.

We also need to speak with anyone who may have information which could help our enquiries.

Extra officers are also carrying out patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the local community, who understandably are shocked by this tragic death this is incident .

This assault is being treated as an isolated incident.

Anyone who saw or heard anything around the time of the incident, or anyone with any information that could help police, is asked to contact officers on 101 quoting reference number 194 of 28/01/17.

Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Inspector Dave English


Man found tied up in van in rural Northumberland

The police have released more details about the circumstances in which a man was found in the back of a van in rural Northumberland.

Earlier this week the Northumbria force released that information and said where the discovery had been made.

They have now revealed that the man had been tied up, but could not remember how it had happened.

Police are appealing for information.

The incident was reported to the police at 3.38pm on Monday, January 2nd.

The van was parked next to Low Leam Farm in West Woodburn between Otterburn and Bellingham.

On Friday morning a police spokesman said:

"The man was found with some ties to his ankles and wrists but was in a confused state and unable to say how this had happened. The van was not damaged and had not been in a collision, and is being forensically examined. Officers are working with the victim to establish the full circumstances of what has occurred and are keen to speak to anyone who may be able to help police with their enquiries".

The man, aged 29 and from the Durham area, was taken to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care hospital in Cramlington as a precaution with a minor injury.

He apparently does not recall anything after 2.30pm on New Year's Day when he was driving in the Durham area.

The van, a purple Mercedes Vito 109 CDI Compact panel van, registration NJ54VFB, had been spotted travelling northbound on the A1 on Monday, January 2nd at 6.15am.

The van was then seen parked at the site in West Woodburn sometime around 7.30am the same morning.

North East athlete takes on a train ... and wins!

A North East athlete has taken on an ambitious challenge to inspire others to get active. Lea Stephenson, a fitness instructor from Hexham, made a video of himself racing a Tyne and Wear Metro train, getting off at one stop and then racing it to the next one.

Lea Stephenson after he finished his challenge Credit: Lea Stephenson

The challenge for Lea, who's a 400 metres runner for Tynedale Harriers, was to get back on the train before it left the next station which was 715 metres away. And he made it with time to spare completing the challenge in 2 minutes 10 seconds. Watch highlights of his run here.

Hexham shoppers warned after purse thefts

Police are advising shoppers in Hexham to be on their guard after a spate of purse thefts.

Three thefts have been reported to police since November 19.

The first incident happened in Abbey Shop on Beaumont Street between 10am and 10.30am. A 72-year-old woman was shopping and noticed her purse had been stolen.

A short time later, a 68-year-old woman was shopping in M&CO on Fore Street when she found her purse had been stolen from her bag.

The third theft happened on November 22, when a 63-year-old woman was browsing in the Cancer Research Charity Shop in Priestpopple. A woman engaged her in conversation, while she was distracted her purse was stolen.

"It only takes a second for an opportunist thief to strike and they will take advantage of insecure bags to steal valuables."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Pam Bridges

Police are reviewing CCTV and additional police patrols will be tasked to the area.


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