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  1. Yesterday
  2. Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to after an alleged assault in Northumberland.
  3. A residents’ parking permit zone in an area of Morpeth town centre is set to be introduced following positive feedback.
  4. A resident in the Cottingwood Lane area of Morpeth has raised concerns that it could get even busier in the next 12 to 18 months.
  5. Last week
  6. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has halted the contest to choose a firm to run trains on the CrossCountry line through Newcastle, Durham and Berwick. The announcement means that proposals to cut some services have been scrapped, at least for now. Mr Grayling said he was halting the contest after appointing Keith Williams, the former British Airways chief executive and deputy chairman of John Lewis, to lead a review into the future of the rail network. The Department for Transport said: “Due to the unique geographic nature of the Cross Country franchise, which runs from Aberdeen to Penzance and cuts across multiple parts of the railway, awarding this franchise in 2019 could impact on the review’s conclusions. “It has therefore been decided that this competition will not proceed.” It means the future of the franchise is uncertain. A new franchise was due to begin in December 2019 and a shortlist of bidders was to be announced this month, but current franchise holders Arriva UK will now continue running trans for the foreseeable future.
  7. A series of Winter Warmer roadshows are to be held across Northumberland in October to help older people to stay active, safe and connected in their communities.
  8. Singing sensation Courtney Hadwin may have missed out on winning the overall title on America's Got Talent but she has made those back home proud.
  9. A comprehensive register of details about hundreds of ‘Manors’ in Northumberland has been launched this week by Northumberland Archives.
  10. Attack victim Gemma McDonagh has today told of the guilt she feels after her toyboy lover devastated her family. When the mum, who was in her 30s, first met 19-year-old Callum Robinson she had reservations about starting a relationship with the teen fearing the age gap would be too great. But after mutual friends convinced her to give him a chance, Gemma embarked on a whirlwind romance which would ultimately end in terrifying violence. Robinson is today behind bars after launching a ferocious attack on Gemma and her sister. And now after seeing her former partner jailed, the 32-year-old has told of her regret at bringing the violent, possessive thug into her family’s lives. Gemma, said: “It all came totally out of the blue. I was absolutely gobsmacked. I can’t help thinking if I hadn’t had got with him he wouldn’t have done this to my family. I just wish I had never met him and that I had never let him into my life. He fooled everyone.”
  11. Storm Ali has swept into Northumberland, bringing damaging gusts of over 90mph with it.
  12. Writs have now been served on Northumberland County Council and three of its representatives as part of a disgruntled property developer’s legal action.
  13. Proposals have been set out as to how Northumberland County Council will save a further £24million over the coming years.
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    Brian lands Commonwealth gold

    Morpeth man Brian Kerr won an individual and team gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships which were held in Omagh, Northern Ireland.
  15. A former town councillor says his “nightmare” is over after allegations he raped a woman were dropped. David Clark, of Wansbeck Street, Morpeth, had been facing three counts of raping a woman aged 16 or over, alleged to have happened on January 3, 2017. He pleaded not guilty to all of the charges in December, and says he has always “strenuously” denied the allegations. The 53-year-old had been set to appear at Newcastle Crown Court this month, but the case has now been dropped after more than 18 months. The prosecution offered no evidence to back up the charges which had been made against him. Speaking after the charges were dropped, Mr Clark said: “I would like to thank all the friends and family who have stood by me during this nightmare.
  16. Northern Powergrid, responsible for the network that delivers electricity to homes and businesses across the North East, is prepared if Storm Ali affects its power network.
  17. New regulations are to be put in place for loans from Northumberland County Council to its development company Arch, which are expected to total £275million by the end of this financial year.
  18. Northumberland’s council leader has said that while there are difficult decisions to make, the authority’s finances are in a better state than a year ago.
  19. Double Olympic Decathlon champion, Daley Thompson CBE, will be guest of honour at the Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon.
  20. A trio of Northumberland businessmen have teamed up to redevelop a prominent listed building with a varied history in the heart of Morpeth.
  21. Highways England is advising drivers to take care and be prepared for strong gales later today across northern England .
  22. Northumberland councillors have given the go-ahead for the North East’s Regional Adoption Agency, which is due to go live on December 1.
  23. Time is running out to vote for Northumberland in the 2018 British Travel Awards.
  24. Northumberland Wildlife Trust has been given a £500 boost from the Rotary Club of Ponteland.
  25. A line of trees in a prominent location at a site which has planning permission in the countryside around Morpeth will now be protected.
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