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  1. Armed police are at the scene of an “ongoing” incident in a Northumberland village . Emergency services were called to Astley Road in Seaton Delaval on Friday evening. A shocked eyewitness described seeing armed officers surrounding a flat on the street. He said: “I’m not sure what’s happening, armed police are on scene and an ambulance. “There is a man in an upstairs flat and they have the flat surrounded. He was talking to police out of the window.” A Northumbria Police spokesman said officers are at the scene of an “ongoing” incident as of 8.30pm.
  2. A sculpture celebrating Northumberland’s mining heritage has been vandalised for the second time in three months. Artist Tom Newstead carved a statue of a miner and a young boy from a tree stump, and placed it in Astley Park, Seaton Delaval. But its creator was left horrified to find the head of the man had been completely removed and was found smashed in the village. It was the second time the sculpture of the man had been beheaded, after thieves targeted it in May. Mr Newstead, 71, said if the damage was caused by vandals then they had “hurt everybody in the community”. “It’s just really unbelievable this would happen again and I’ve no idea why they would do it,” he said.
  3. A teacher enjoying his honeymoon in Bali has spoken of “panic” after the holiday island was rocked by an earthquake. Reports indicate at least 142 people have died and hundreds more injured following the quake on Bali and Lombok on Sunday. The scale of the devastation was felt strongest on Lombok with thousands of buildings badly damaged or collapsed, and large parts of the island left without communications and electricity. More than 120 aftershocks were recorded after the quake, which was initially measured at a magnitude of seven but was later revised to 6.9. Greg Larmouth and wife Jade, from Seaton Delaval, were enjoying a meal out on Jalan Hanoman in town Ubud when the ground began to shake beneath their feet. Describing the events that followed, Greg, 28, said: “At first I wasn’t sure what was actually happening, and it felt like someone was jumping on an uneven floor. Then Jade said it was an earthquake.
  4. The key to a 40-year mystery has turned up at a 14th century castle. The ancient key to the historic banqueting hall at Lumley Castle Hotel in Chester-le-Street has been missing since the 1970s. Now it has arrived in the post with a letter from a man called John, who confessed to taking it after one too many drinks. “Back in the 1970s, to my shame, I arrived home with the enclosed key after an intoxicating evening at Lumley Castle,” he says in the letter. “The key, to the best of my memory, fits the outside door in the banqueting hall. “It has been on my bookcase for around 40 years, I have moved house four times since that time and now reside back in the south of England.
  5. A car enthusiast who turned his hobby of buying and selling vehicles into a business pocketed £70,000 in benefits he wasn’t entitled to. Shaun O’Neill was in receipt of Income Support, later Employment Support Allowance, Council Tax and Housing Benefit for more than six years while also making money from buying cars at auction, doing them up and selling them on. A court was told the 49-year-old was turning over around 22 vehicles a year while also claiming off the state between 2010 and 2016. However, his deceit was finally uncovered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and he was subsequently charged with three counts of benefit fraud. O’Neill, who is now registered blind and walks on crutches, pleaded guilty to the offences but avoided a stint behind bars when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday. Mark Giuliani, prosecuting, said O’Neill’s initial application for Income Support in June 2010 was lawful as he was unemployed at the time,
  6. The annual Whitley Bay Film Festival always adds a blast of colour and sound to summer and this year it is going one better by broadening its tastes - literally. This year's treat - which runs from August 17 until September 1 at a range of venues across North Tyneside - is set to appeal to all our senses and that includes taste and smell. An exciting addition to the summer menu - which has just been announced - is an 'eat-a-long' and 'smell-a-vision'. On August 22, there's a double offering on the programme. First, there's a smell-a-vision screening at St Mary's Lighthouse of 1992 film Like Water For Chocolate and this is served up with a smell and senses workshop. Then the 2000 film Chocolat, the quirky chocolate-infused romance starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, will be an eat-along screening with food from chef Sam Storey, also at the lighthouse.
  7. Mischief and merriment is making a return to Seaton Delaval Hall as the Northumberland attraction throws a soiree, in keeping with its former party days, which offers a rare opportunity for an evening visit. The former home of the so-called Gay Delavals - the 18th Century aristocratic family famous for its colourful lifestyle and notorious parties - is inviting visitors to a night of Carnival Capers which will include music, performance, theatre, general mischief-making and parades throughout the grounds. The family-friendly event will take place at 5pm on July 28: the last in a day-long series of Carnival Capers which are otherwise sold-out. Available tickets for this final slot are free but must be booked. The event offers an opportunity for visitors to take along a picnic - and even dress to impress - while joining in the fun and frivolity of an outdoor performance. Produced in partnership with Northumberland County Council and renowned performance company Walk the Plank, it is being held as part of Great Northumberland: the county-wide celebration that is is running until September 1.
  8. This is the horrific moment three cars travelling at “ridiculous” speeds on the A1 collide with a lorry and each other - and it was all caught on their own dash cams. Boyfriend and girlfriend Tyrone Doran and Amy Ferguson were doing more than 100mph on their way home when stranger Farid Ferdosian decided to chase them down in his Mini Cooper. A court heard witnesses formed the view they were racing on the A1 Western Bypass but a judge sentenced them on the basis they were not. As Ferguson sped along the dual carriageway, a lorry indicated and began pulling out into the outside lane and because of her speed she could do nothing to avoid crashing into it. Ferdosian’s Mini then also crashed into the HGV while Doran’s VW Bora hit the Mini, flipped over twice, knocked over a lamppost and came to rest on the embankment. Despite leaving a scene of carnage, miraculously they all escaped with only minor injuries.
  9. Thousands of food, music and comedy fans are set to head to the Northumberland coast for this weekend's North East Chilli Festival. The festival in Meggies Burn Fields, South Beach, Blyth , opens at 5pm on Friday, July 13 and runs until 6pm on Sunday. It is the festival's seventh year, although it has now moved from Seaton Delaval Hall to South Beach. Highights include a chilli eating competition, food and drink stalls, music and caberet. The World Cup final will be shown on a giant screen on Sunday afternoon. “The festival keeps evolving and we want it to have as broad an appeal as possible,” said organiser Mark Deakin. “Our producers will still be demonstrating some amazing uses of chilli, but there’s also food to try from every corner of the planet. There are a great selection of drinks to enjoy and we’re really excited about our line-up of performers.”
  10. The main focus of attention may have been on Newcastle and Gateshead with the launch of Great Exhibition of the North but now Northumberland is out to grab its well-deserved share of the spotlight. On July 7, the county of stunning countryside and coastlines, culture and castles launches its own 56-day programme of free summer-infused events. Great Northumberland , which will run until September, is to focus on its own assets in a celebration of arts, culture and heritage across the county which will also complement the Great Exhibition by offering visitors from outside the region even more to explore. With the double celebration now stoking the party mood, how lucky are we in the North? As Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member for culture, arts, tourism and leisure, says the North "is a diverse, exciting and beautiful place" and: "Northumberland truly is a great place to be this summer.” So, sit back, relax and enjoy our a taster of what there is to look forward to.
  11. Flames soar higher than nearby houses during a large fire in Seaton Delaval. Footage filmed by residents shows smoke and flames billowing into the skies after mounds of scrapped cars were engulfed in the fire. Spectators poured into the streets nearby as fire crews from West Hartford, Pegswood and Tyne and Wear tackled the blaze into the night. In the video above, it shows a pillar of black smoke billowing into the sky just yards behind homes. One eye witness said there had been a series of explosions at the site after the fire broke out. At 7am on Monday, there was still one fire engine at the scene with firefighters continuing to use a pump to douse the fire.
  12. A huge fire broke out a scrap yard metres away from homes in Seaton Delaval. Five fire engines were called out to the blaze on Double Row in the Northumberland village at around 11pm on Monday. Huge flames shot up into the sky as mounds of scrapped cars were engulfed in the fire. Spectators poured into the streets nearby as fire crews from West Hartford, Pegswood and Tyne and Wear tackled the blaze into the night. One photo shows a pillar of black smoke billowing into the sky just yards behind homes. One eye witness said there had been a series of explosions at the site after the fire broke out.
  13. The main focus of attention may have been on Newcastle and Gateshead with the launch of Great Exhibition of the North but now Northumberland is out to grab its well-deserved share of the spotlight. On July 7, the county of stunning countryside and coastlines, culture and castles will be launching its own 56-day programme of free summer-infused events. Great Northumberland , which will run until September, is to focus on its own assets in a celebration of arts, culture and heritage across the county which will also complement the Great Exhibition by offering visitors from outside the region even more to explore. With the double celebration now stoking the party mood, how lucky are we in the North? As Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member for culture, arts, tourism and leisure, says the North "is a diverse, exciting and beautiful place" and: "Northumberland truly is a great place to be this summer.” So, sit back, relax and enjoy our a taster of what there is to look forward to.
  14. Whenever the sun shines in the North East, Mrs Eats is always badgering me to head for a walk along the beach. She loves nothing more than a Sunday stroll on the sand, while I love nothing more than my Sunday scran. As a result, we’ve come to a bit of a compromise – we’ll head out for a walk in the morning, before tucking into a roast in the afternoon. After an amble along the beach in South East Northumberland, I suggested we give The Hastings in Seaton Delaval – formerly The Hastings Arms – a go for some Sunday grub. I’d heard rave reviews of their food, with claims of very generous portion sizes, while I had also been informed they boast a decent selection of good beers, too. With three real ales on offer, I happily supped away on a pint as we scanned the menu. I have to admit I wasn’t sure there was anything better than black pudding – but how wrong I was. A black pudding and chorizo stack (£4.25), served in a peppercorn sauce as a starter, just makes both of those delicious items taste even better.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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”.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Pub chain Ei Publican Partnerships is told to bog off in buy one, get one free promotion by concerned North East health officials
  25. ONS statistics show babies born in parts of the North East can expect a much shorter life than neighbours just miles down the road
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