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  1. Yesterday
  2. The man who created a tree sculpture that sits in Seaton Delaval in honour of the community’s mining history has spoken of his disgust after it was vandalised.
  3. Earlier
  4. Jailed and behind bars, these are just some of the North East criminals that were locked up in April this year. Murderers, violent thugs and robbers were among those who were given prison sentences. The following criminals were among those jailed: Keith Loxley has been locked up for three-and-a-half years. Loxley, 31, of Colston Street, Newcastle, attacked a student in a nightclub. The victim lost part of his ear and required 12 stitches. Loxley bit and punched his victim, before dragging him to the floor and kicking him.
  5. Newcastle and Gateshead may be hosting the Great Exhibition of the North this summer but Northumberland is determined not to miss out on the action. Great Northumberland, billed as 56 days of arts, culture and heritage events celebrating the county, was launched in front of a large audience at Hexham Abbey. Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “In a year that sees the Great Exhibition of the North put the spotlight on our region, we’ll be celebrating the very best that Northumberland has to offer. “The Great Exhibition of the North is billed as the biggest event taking place in the country this year. “It is expected to attract three million people, with 1.3m coming from outside the region, so it is a significant event for this region. “To take advantage of this focus on the North we have put together a programme of arts, culture and heritage events to encourage those visitors to come here.
  6. Susan Fuller’s family have been given fresh hope that the driver that killed her could be locked-up for longer. The mum-of-three was left with no chance of survival after Sean Herman mowed her down outside her home in H owdon, Wallsend. And her loved ones were dealt further devastation when the killer was locked-up for just seven years after pleading guilty to manslaughter, and he was told he may only serve half that sentence behind bars. Now, Susan’s husband of 35 years, David, says he is hopeful something can be done to get justice for his beloved wife. Since Herman was sentenced last Monday, the family have met with police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and they hope to appeal the sentence on the grounds that it is ‘unduly lenient’. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for Herman’s jail term to be increased.
  7. Susan Fuller’s family has launched a fight to get the killer driver that took her life locked up for longer. The mum-of-three died after Sean Herman mowed her down in his car in front of her beloved sons. The killer was jailed for seven years after he admitted manslaughter at Newcastle Crown Court this week, a sentence that has left Susan’s family devastated. The Fullers have vowed not to give up their fight for justice. Susan’s wife, David, has told Chronicle Live that he has met with police since Monday’s court hearing and is now planning to appeal against the sentence. And the family has now started a petition calling for Herman’s jail term to be extended.
  8. Below is a list of this week's Tyne & Wear community events written by you. To get your event included, simply fill out the form at www.chroniclelive.co.uk/yourevents North Tyneside Strollers host walk in Newcastle city park What: Centre Strollers host walk around Newcastle park When: Thursday, May 19 Where: Exhibition Park More information: If you would like to join the Centre Strollers please meet at the Haymarket Metro station at 11am. All walks are free, you will only need to cover the cost of your transport and refreshments.
  9. A popular mum was acting as a peacekeeper when she was horrifically crushed to death by the car of “cowardly” killer Sean Herman. Innocent victim Susan Fuller was trying to defuse trouble between her sons and Herman when she was tragically killed as he recklessly reversed into her, pinning her against a wall. The car then drove over her as Herman fled and the 63-year-old suffered 58 rib fractures, a fractured skull and other broken bones. She died in the arms of her family at the scene in Howdon, Wallsend. Herman had been accused of murdering Mrs Fuller but prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to the lesser offence of manslaughter on the day his trial was due to start - a decision the victim’s family did not agree with. Now, the 24-year-old has been jailed for seven years for taking the life of a “well-loved member of the community and a warm and kind family woman”.
  10. Seaton Delaval Hall is set to enter a new chapter in its life, thanks to National Lottery players across the UK.
  11. A major heritage visitor attraction on the edge of Tyneside is in line for a £7m boost. The 18th century Seaton Delaval Hall by architect Sir John Vanbrugh has been awarded a £3.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Trust, which manages the hall and gardens, and it will now receive another £3m. A campaign will also be launched to raise another £724,000 for what will be a three-year project to protect the fabric of the building and enhance the visitor experience. The hall was the home of the theatrical Delaval family, who laid on lavish costume balls, staged plays, and carried out elaborate practical jokes on guests. Part of the project will be to devise ways to put across to visitors the colourful stories of the hall’s past and the spirit of eccentricity and playfulness of its aristocratic family. “This is a huge step forward for the hall at a time when visitor numbers are increasing, totalling nearly 80,000 last year,” said property general manager Emma Thomas.
  12. The beautiful spring flowers and budding greenery of Spring are enough to encourage the most resistant coach potato out of doors - especially after all that snow we've had. And the good news is that March 13 sees the North East’s National Trust properties fully re-opening their doors after their restricted winter hours. With the weather picking up again, and Easter holidays not far off, they are adding to the growing opportunities to enjoy a day out in the great outdoors. Our much-loved stately venues are now all geared up for the Spring season and ready to welcome visitors who want to combine a trip out with spectacular surroundings. We are spoiled in the region with grand country homes which used to be the preserve of just the wealthy titled inhabitants and their well-heeled guests. Now the public can explore their stately rooms and expansive grounds while soaking up their colourful history. For children, they are places full of adventure and stories and their gardens are giant playgrounds.
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    A colourful way to raise awareness

    North Seaton with Ashington WI celebrated International Women’s Day by yarnbombing Ashington town centre.
  14. The beautiful spring flowers and budding greenery of Spring are enough to encourage the most resistant coach potato out of doors - especially after all that snow we've had. And the good news is that March 13 sees the North East’s National Trust properties fully re-opening their doors after their restricted winter hours. With the weather picking up again, and Easter holidays not far off, they are adding to the growing opportunities to enjoy a day out in the great outdoors. Our much-loved stately venues are now all geared up for the Spring season and ready to welcome visitors who want to combine a trip out with spectacular surroundings. We are spoiled in the region with grand country homes which used to be the preserve of just the wealthy titled inhabitants and their well-heeled guests. Now the public can explore their stately rooms and expansive grounds while soaking up their colourful history. For children, they are places full of adventure and stories and their gardens are giant playgrounds.
  15. Pub chain Ei Publican Partnerships is told to bog off in buy one, get one free promotion by concerned North East health officials
  16. Next week will be the start of post office services being provided on a Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning and early afternoon at a community facility in Seaton Sluice.
  17. ONS statistics show babies born in parts of the North East can expect a much shorter life than neighbours just miles down the road
  18. A factory site which is earmarked for closure later this year is being sold.
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    Make a date at Morpeth wedding fair

    A wedding fair is to be held in Morpeth next weekend ( Sunday 18th March) , providing the perfect opportunity for couples planning their big day to meet local wedding suppliers and find everything they need for their special day, all under one roof. The wedding fair will take place in the historic Morpeth Town Hall on Sunday 18th March 2018, between 11am - 3pm. The event is being organised by Northumberland County Council’s Registration Service to promote the town’s stunning, affordable wedding venue and to support local wedding suppliers. It is free to enter and refreshments will be available. Over 25 North East based wedding specialists have signed up to attend the fair and promote their products and services. Among the line-up are wedding outfitters, florists, car hire specialists, photographers, music and entertainment companies and catering and cake makers. Throughout the day, the Northumberland Registrars will be available to offer couples advice and guidance on booking their Registrars and planning and personalising their ceremony. Morpeth Town Hall caters to a range of needs, and offers couples the chance to have a small intimate ceremony in the Ante room, while larger parties can hire the Ballroom which accommodates up to 80 guests. The iconic town hall was originally designed in 1714 by Sir John Vanbrugh and underwent a beautiful internal refurbished a few years ago. The great architect and dramatist is perhaps better known for his work at such landmark buildings as Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard and Seaton Delaval Hall. Northumberland County Councillor Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services said: “Planning a wedding or civil ceremony can be a bit daunting. The Morpeth fair aims to ease the process by providing the opportunity for couples to come along to meet and talk to many local businesses involved in the wedding industry, in one venue while also having the opportunity to have a look around the impressive rooms in the Town Hall.” The county is currently experiencing a wedding boom with a record number of couples booking to tie the knot in the county. Last year the Northumberland registrars officiated over 1750 marriages and so far this year a further 2020 marriages have been booked. What’s more, statistics show that around 65 percent of couples who are getting married in Northumberland are actually coming from outside of the county. Cllr Oliver added “The wedding industry is big business bringing up to £30m into the county each year. It is an industry we want to nurture and develop to help support the many local businesses and jobs that benefit from it.” For further information telephone 01665 602870 or email: Alnwickreg@northumberland.gov.uk
  20. Updated at 11:50am on Tuesday 6 March 2018 Scheduled bin collections continue today - as teams aim to carry out normal collections wherever it is safe and possible to do so. Please put your bin out as normal, unless your situation is described specifically below. Many normal collections were made yesterday - although there were some areas, including rural locations, where this is not possible. Some collections were also missed due to unfortunate vehicle breakdown. If your bin is not collected on the normal day this week please leave it out, in a safe place, and, weather permitting, we will attempt to collect it by the end of this week. These will be kept under review and further guidance provided at the end of the week. We will be prioritising general rubbish bins before recycling bins - due to the nature of the waste they contain. Regarding bins missed last week: If your general waste bin was missed last Wednesday, 28th February, please put it out for collection this Wednesday, 7th March, and again on Wednesday 14th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day of Wednesday 21st March If your general waste bin was missed on Thursday 1st March please put this bin out next Thursday 8th March and again on Thursday 15th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day on Thursday 22nd March. On general waste, we will accept up to two additional black bin bags (or something of a similar size) alongside regular general waste bins. All missed recycling bins, including those which will not be collected this Wednesday and Thursday, should be put out on their next collection day. Any additional recycling items can be put in cardboard boxes, paper bags, or clear plastic bags. We are supplying clear recycling bags at our customer information centres and other venues at: Alnwick Greenwell Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1HB (Closes at 4:30pm) View map location Ashington Wansbeck Square, Ashington, NE63 9XL View map location Bedlington Bedlington Library, Glebe Road, Bedlington, NE22 6JX View map location Berwick Walkergate Building, Walkergate TD15 1DJ View map location Blyth Blyth Library, Bridge Street, Blyth, NE24 1DJ View new location Cramlington Concordia, Cramlington, NE23 6YB View map location Hexham Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS View map location Morpeth Royal Sovereign House, Manchester Street, Morpeth, NE61 1AF View map location Seaton Delaval Library, Astley High School, Elsdon Avenue, NE25 0BW View map location Ponteland Town council office, Unit 1, Meadowfield Court, Meadowfield Industrial Estate, Ponteland, Northumberland, NE20 9SD View map location Prudhoe Library, Spetchells Centre, 58 Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5AA View map location Customers who are expecting their first garden waste collection of the season this week should put their their bins out for collection on the scheduled day. Like general waste and recycling bins, we aim to undertake garden waste collections in all planned areas, where it is safe to do so. The council apologises for any inconvenience that these arrangements may cause. Many thanks for your patience during this time. Keep up to date through the council’s ‘Alerts’ channels which are available via the website www.northumberland.gov.uk; Twitter: @northumberlands; and Facebook: www.facebook.com/nccalerts
  21. Updated at 12:45pm on Monday 5 March 2018 This week teams are aiming to carry out scheduled bin collections as normal - where it is possible and safe to to do. Please put your bin out as normal, unless your situation is described specifically below. If your bin is not collected on the normal day this week please leave it out, in a safe place, and, weather permitting, we will attempt to collect it by the end of this week. There will be some areas, including rural locations, where this is not possible. These will be kept under review and further guidance provided at the end of the week. We will be prioritising general rubbish bins before recycling bins - due to the nature of the waste they contain. Regarding bins missed last week: If your general waste bin was missed last Wednesday, 28th February, please put it out for collection this Wednesday, 7th March, and again on Wednesday 14th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day of Wednesday 21st March. If your general waste bin was missed on Thursday 1st March please put this bin out next Thursday 8th March and again on Thursday 15th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day on Thursday 22nd March. On general waste, we will accept up to two additional black bin bags (or something of a similar size) alongside regular general waste bins. All missed recycling bins, including those which will not be collected this Wednesday and Thursday, should be put out on their next collection day. Any additional recycling items can be put in cardboard boxes, paper bags, or clear plastic bags. We will be supplying clear recycling bags at our customer information centres at: Alnwick Greenwell Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1HB (Closes at 4:30pm) View map location Ashington Wansbeck Square, Ashington, NE63 9XL View map location Bedlington Bedlington Library, Glebe Road, Bedlington, NE22 6JX View map location Berwick Walkergate Building, Walkergate TD15 1DJ View map location Blyth Blyth Library, Bridge Street, Blyth, NE24 1DJ View new location Cramlington Concordia, Cramlington, NE23 6YB View map location Hexham Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS View map location Morpeth Royal Sovereign House, Manchester Street, Morpeth, NE61 1AF View map location Seaton Delaval Prudhoe Library, Astley High School, Elsdon Avenue, NE25 0BW Library, Spetchells Centre, 58 Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5AA View map location View map location Customer information centres are receiving supplies of bags today (Monday 5th March), however please allow until Tuesday 6th March so that supplies have been distributed. Customers who are expecting their first garden waste collection of the season this week should put their their bins out for collection on the scheduled day. Like general waste and recycling bins, we aim to undertake garden waste collections in all planned areas, where it is safe to do so. The council apologises for any inconvenience that these arrangements may cause. Many thanks for your patience during this time. Keep up to date through the council’s ‘Alerts’ channels which are available via the website www.northumberland.gov.uk; Twitter: @northumberlands; and Facebook: www.facebook.com/nccalerts
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    Learn more about tall ship project

    As part of the Spring Season celebrating the coast and seafaring heritage, visitors to Woodhorn Museum will have the opportunity to discover the fantastic but little-known story of William Smith, a carpenter’s son from Seaton Sluice.
  23. A Seaton Sluice man will be thinking about his wife of 65 years when he takes to the skies on Sunday.
  24. A date has been set for the closure of Coty’s Northumberland factory, which will see the loss of more than 400 jobs. The French firm took over Procter & Gamble’s beauty products business in a multibillion-pound deal more than a year ago but the business review that followed led to the new owners announcing the proposed closure of the Seaton Delaval facility. Following the announcement workers claimed they had been told by management that – despite it being one of the company’s most efficient factories – it had been earmarked for closure as it was ‘cheaper’ to close as they had no union representation. At the end of the last year, when Coty confirmed the closure, Arch and Northumberland County Council began working in partnership with the company to support employees, assess the impact on local supply chain and provide support to ensure a sustainable future use for the site. Now a closure date of October has emerged through a sale instruction of the site, issued by a property firm enlisted to find a potential buyer. Colliers International has been instructed to market for sale th 370,000 sq ft manufacturing facility with the hope of finding a buyer who can “position the site for future employment use”.
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    March wedding fair for Morpeth

    A wedding fair is to be held in Morpeth next month, providing the perfect opportunity for couples planning their big day to meet local wedding suppliers and find everything they need, all under one roof. The wedding fair will take place in the historic Morpeth Town Hall on Sunday 18th March 2018, between 11am - 3pm. The event is being organised by Northumberland County Council’s Registration Service to promote the town’s stunning, affordable wedding venue and to support local wedding suppliers. It is free to enter and refreshments will be available. Over 25 North East based wedding specialists have signed up to attend the fair and promote their products and services. Among the line-up are wedding outfitters, florists, car hire specialists, photographers, music and entertainment companies and catering and cake makers. Throughout the day, the Northumberland Registrars will be available to offer couples advice and guidance on booking their Registrars and planning and personalising their ceremony. Morpeth Town Hall caters to a range of needs, and offers couples the chance to have a small intimate ceremony in the Ante room, while larger parties can hire the Ballroom which accommodates up to 80 guests. The iconic town hall was originally designed in 1714 by Sir John Vanbrugh and underwent a beautiful internal refurbished a few years ago. The great architect and dramatist is perhaps better known for his work at such landmark buildings as Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard and Seaton Delaval Hall. Northumberland County Councillor Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services said: “Planning a wedding or civil ceremony can be a bit daunting. The Morpeth fair aims to ease the process by providing the opportunity for couples to come along to meet and talk to many local businesses involved in the wedding industry, in one venue while also having the opportunity to have a look around the impressive rooms in the Town Hall.” The county is currently experiencing a wedding boom with a record number of couples booking to tie the knot in the county. Last year the Northumberland registrars officiated over 1750 marriages and so far this year a further 2020 marriages have been booked. What’s more, statistics show that around 65 percent of couples who are getting married in Northumberland are actually coming from outside of the county. Cllr Oliver added “The wedding industry is big business bringing up to £30m into the county each year. It is an industry we want to nurture and develop to help support the many local businesses and jobs that benefit from it.” For further information telephone 01665 602870 or email: Alnwickreg@northumberland.gov.uk
  26. The North East Chilli Festival is all-change as it announces its 2018 dates with hot-off-the-press news revealing that it’s having a new look, a new theme and a new location. Northumberland ’s popular festival, which tried out a new home in Blyth last year following a five-year run at Seaton Delaval Hall, is on the move again. Having encountered a few problems last time, the festival is to have a new Blyth home this year when it returns for a July 13-15 run. Its new site will be Meggies Burn Fields at South Beach which has also prompted a theme for the event: The Festival by the Sea. And while its focus will remain very much on chilli - with the traditional eating competition at the heart of the fun - 2018 will feature a broader menu of attractions to whet all appetites. Music-wise, there are already several confirmed bands including local favourites Smoove and Turrell, and The Mariachis who are well known for the Doritos TV adverts.
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    Modest precept rise for council

    Members of Seaton Valley Council agreed to restrict the increase in its element of the council tax for 2018/19 to two per cent at a recent meeting.
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