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  1. Today
  2. People with a passion for trying something new have been learning to play pan drums with the Cramlington Caribbean Crew.
  3. A police initiative designed to help tackle speeding is making good progress in Cramlington and Seaton Valley.
  4. A “nuisance” patient has been warned he could be jailed after he was found with a knife in an accident and emergency department. Ben Mckenna was already on a suspended prison sentence for possession of a blade when it was discovered he had the weapon while being treated at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington. A court was told that a police officer seized the Stanley-type knife after it fell from a pocket in the 20-year-old’s jacket as he was being seen to by medics for a head injury in the triage room. However, rather than apologise, Mckenna, who wasn’t arrested immediately as he needed further treatment, became abusive and “pestered” two women sitting in the nearby waiting area before pulling a fire extinguisher from a wall, magistrates heard. As a result, he was asked to leave, but continued to make threats as he was escorted from the premises. McKenna, who was given a suspended prison sentence in June after being found in possession of a knife in Hanover Street, in Newcastle, in May this year, was subsequently detained by security staff and arrested.
  5. Yesterday
  6. It's been the place of much activity this week, with queues round the block for its mammoth closing sale , but now Tommee Tippee Outlet has shut its doors for the final time. It was announced at the start of August that the store at Cramlington's Northumberland Business Park West would be closing, with a decrease in foot fall cited as the main reason. This past week thrifty shoppers have been flocking there in their droves to pick up a baby bargain, with parents and expectant parents snapping up ridiculously cheap dummies, gro-bags, nappy bins and much more. Last Friday and again on Monday, staff had to close the outlet within a few hours of opening after "excessive crowds" snapped up every bit of stock. Plenty of stock arrive in time for Friday's final day of trading, with 2 for 1 offers on a number of items. And after a busy day of custom, a member of staff took to the Tommee Tippee Outlet Facebook page to post a thanks to customers.
  7. Many people enjoy a curry but are rather picky about where they go for one. Well if you're looking for somewhere to go for one in the North East, four come highly recommended by the English Curry Awards, including one who won Restaurant of the Year for the whole country! Winners for the 8th English Curry Awards 2018 were revealed after a glamorous, black-tie awards ceremony was held on September 17 at the Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill in Dudley and a quartet of restaurants from the region came home with honours. The much-anticipated annual awards aim to recognise and reward the hard work, determination and dedication of those in the country’s curry industry. There were awards handed out for a host of categories, including four specific to the North East: Restaurant of the Year; Most Wanted Restaurant of the Year; Takeaway of the Year and Takeaway & Home Delivery of the Year. The big accolade of the night for the region was Restaurant of the Year, which was won by Shikara in Whitley Bay.
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    Fundraising is in store

    A national retailer is joining forces with Macmillan Cancer Support to host a coffee morning for the charity – and shoppers in Cramlington could join in.
  9. Last week
  10. The North East was battered by gale force winds on Wednesday strong enough to cause chaos for commuters and put two people in hospital. Storm Ali blew trees onto cars, overturned lorries and destroyed homes during the most extreme day of weather since summer ended. Emergency services responded to a number of incidents, including to a street in Alnwick where two people were injured after a tree landed on a car. The fire service was also called to Walker Road where a woman remarkably escaped injury when the roof was blown of her house while she was inside. On the railway, all services heading north from Newcastle on the East Coast Main Line were completely halted, causing pandemonium on the region’s busiest rail route. TransPennine Express services were also cancelled while there was significant disruption to Northern services too.
  11. There was a queue round the block on Monday as hundreds flocked to bag a bargain in Tommee Tippee Outlet's closing down sale. Last month the store, at Cramlington's North West Business Park, revealed it would be shutting its doors for good on Friday, September 21 but on Friday, September 14 and again on Monday, September 17, staff had to shut doors early during to "excessive customers" and all the stock being snapped up. In comments on Facebook, thrifty shoppers have revealed some of the bargains they've picked up in the sale a two pack of dummies for £1.50, bottles for £1 and two gro bags for £7. And there's some good news for anyone who hasn't been yet as there is MORE stock set to come in. The most recent post on the Tommee Tippee Outlet Facebook page reads "Hi all the outlet will be open again from 9am Tuesday morning, we are awaiting another order tomorrow morning and then again on Wednesday morning. "Due to the unbelievable response we have had if we sell as fast again we may have to close early again to restock for Wednesday but keep checking our FB page for updates! Unfortunately due to how busy we are we are unable to respond to any private messages. "
  12. When they announced the sale they said everything must go and EVERYTHING did go at Tommee Tippee Outlet in Cramlington on Monday as crowds flocked to bag a bargain. The shop at Northumberland Business Park West has long been a favourite for expectant parents and families with young children but last month it was revealed that it would be closing. The popular store is set to officially shut its doors for the final time on Friday, September 21 but on Monday it had to close its doors just two hours after opening after every bit of stock was snapped up. It's hardly surprising given that there was a queue round the block to get in before the outlet even opened at 9am. And then posting a status on its Facebook page just two hours later, Tommee Tippee wrote ""Due to excessive customers,we have now sold out of all stock we had in the outlet.Thanks TT." A number of people quickly reacted in the comments below asking if more stock would be coming in, given that there was the same scenario on Friday, only for stock to be replenished in time for Monday's opening.
  13. Residents made clear their feelings over a proposed caravan storage facility in Cramlington as they packed out a planning appeal hearing last week.
  14. Staff at Tommee Tippee's Cramlington store were greeted with massive queues on Monday morning as crowds gathered to get the best bargains in its closing down sale. Over 20,000 of you read our story about the outlet shop closing its doors and the fact that it is hosting an everything must go sale before it does and on Monday morning there was a queue round the block in time for it opening at 9am. Last Friday the store had to shut just over an hour into trading as bargain hunters snapped up everything in stock and it looks like that will happen again today, Monday, September 17. Items in the sale include dummies, gro bags, bottles, baby monitors and nappy bins and in the Facebook comments bargain hunters revealed some of the discounts they'd snapped up including a two pack of dummies for £1.50, bottles for £1 and two gro bags for £7. A statement posted on the store's Facebook page on August 8 about the closure read: "Mayborn Group can confirm it will be closing its on-site factory shop in Cramlington on Friday 21st September 2018. "This has been a difficult decision after many years serving our local community. "We know the shop is a valued resource for the area, however footfall has decreased significantly over recent years and as a result the shop is no longer financially viable. "In the run up to the 21st September we will be winding down so the amount of stock will naturally reduce in the coming weeks.
  15. A driver who already has two driving bans to his name has been fined after once again being caught behind the wheel. Craig McFarlane was driving his Ford car along Plessey Road, in Blyth , when police had “cause to pull him over”, a court was told. Checks were undertaken and it was soon revealed that the 31-year-old was subject to two driving bans, one imposed in 2008 where he was ordered to take an extended retest, which he never completed, and one where he was disqualified for 46 months in 2015. He was arrested and appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to his third driving while disqualified offence since 2014 and driving with no insurance. Prosecutor James Long said that officers stopped McFarlane as he travelled through Blyth on August 4. He added: “His disqualification soon became apparent. He’s subject to two disqualifications, the most recent one being from March 2015 for an offence of driving while disqualified and driving with excess alcohol, when he was given a suspended sentence and a 46-month ban.”
  16. Earlier
  17. There was sadness last month when it was revealed that Cramlington's Tommee Tippee outlet would be closing down but before it does there's plenty of bargains to be had in its huge clearance sale. A statement posted on the store's Facebook page on August 8 read: "Mayborn Group can confirm it will be closing its on-site factory shop in Cramlington on Friday 21st September 2018. "This has been a difficult decision after many years serving our local community. "We know the shop is a valued resource for the area, however footfall has decreased significantly over recent years and as a result the shop is no longer financially viable. "In the run up to the 21st September we will be winding down so the amount of stock will naturally reduce in the coming weeks. Everything must go in the outlet's closing down sale and on Friday morning it did, meaning that it had to shut its doors early to wait for more stock to come in. They posted on Facebook "Hi All we apologise that we had to close our doors early today but we had literally run out of everything! "We are currently in the process of restocking and will have some great items available Monday with even more coming Tuesday!"
  18. It is without a doubt THE place to do karaoke in Newcastle and on Thursday night Cosy Joes crowned it's latest singing star after a closely run competition. Interest in the story we did about the Cloth Market bar's karaoke contest was HUGE when we published it in July and over the past few weeks plenty of singers have grabbing the mic and bidding for a place in the final. And last night 19 singers stepped onto the stage aiming to get a share of a £1,000 prize pot. Those who were there just to spectate were treated to an eclectic mix of performers and songs with songs from Adele and Ed Sheeran rubbing shoulders with powerballads like Seal's Kiss From A Rose and Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing; two tracks from The Greatest Showman and a musical classic from Les Miserables. The judges were given a tough choice on who to pick as their winner, with contestants really taking things up a notch in the second half but victory eventually went to Cramlington singer Louis Chrisp who did the late and great Prince proud with an epic version of Purple Rain. Louis, who follows in the footsteps of last year's winner Beth Forrest , walked away with the top prize of £500. Just behind him in runners up position was Chris Shiels who had everyone in the bar clapping and stomping along with his take on From Now On from The Greatest Showman.
  19. Cramlington golfers have taken to the green for a charity day.
  20. Prince Charles dubbed Northumberland a “special place” on the final day of his tour of the county. The Prince of Wales visited Hepple Whitefield Farm near Morpeth on Thursday morning before finishing the second and final day of his stay at Alnwick Garden. His Royal Highness’ first stop was to Coquetdale in Northumberland National Park to learn more about the juniper restoration project at the farm. The Prince planted a juniper bush and Mary Gough, farming and rural enterprise officer at the park, said it was an “absolute honour” to host the Prince of Wales. She said: “It was lovely to see him out in the national park. “Juniper are very special in the national park and throughout England but the species has been declining by about a third.
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    Alan going to the wire for charity

    A 72-year-old from Cramlington has signed up for an exhilarating aerial zipline challenge to raise funds for and awareness of a mental health charity.
  22. Newcastle Building Society says a multimillion-pound investment will see a complete refurbishment of its branch network within the next 18 months. The North East’s biggest building society has already re-located or upgraded 12 of its 28 branches and says it will have the remaining 16 converted by early 2020, bringing in a modern, open-plan design to each site. The society has committed to its branch network at a time when many banks and building societies are closing outlets around the country. It recently moved to new premises in Durham, Gateshead, Chester-le-Street and Darlington, while its has launched new branches and advice centres in Newcastle city centre. Sites in Cramlington and North Shields have been upgraded and branches on Gosforth High Street and in Carlisle are next to get invesment, with refurbishments due to be completed by the end of the year. Stuart Miller, customer director at Newcastle Building Society, said: “At a time when many financial institutions are closing branches in towns across the region, we remain fully committed to keeping our branch network at the heart of both our operations and our communities. “We are attracting new customers where the bigger banks have pulled out of high street locations.
  23. The North East is to lose four MPs in a shake-up of the political map, it has been confirmed. A review of Parliamentary constituencies, cutting the total number of MPs in the House of Commons from 650 to 600, has come to an end. And, following a consultation launched last year, the Boundary Commission for England has confirmed the number of seats in the North East will be cut from 29 to 25. Many constituencies will cross local authority boundaries. It means that some MPs will find themselves dealing with more than one local authority. Newcastle, which currently has three constituencies, will now have only two dedicated MPs, representing seats called Newcastle East and Newcastle North West. Around 36,000 Newcastle residents will be represented by the MP for Blaydon. Berwick and Morpeth Billingham and Sedgefield Bishop Auckland Blaydon Blyth and Ashington
  24. Children have been enjoying the taste of India.
  25. Clean technology firm Avid is making a twin bid to expand into the potentially lucrative North American market. The Cramlington firm, which is a recognised leader in electrification and hybridisation, has appointed a senior executive to capitalise on the boom in vehicle electrification in the USA and Canada. It is also planning to launch its US operation at a major trade show this week. Avid, which was set up by engineer and entrepreur Ryan Maughan in 2005, develops batteries, electric motors and powertrain components for next generation hybrid and electric vehicles across the world. The firm has created a number of new jobs this year after winning contracts worth more than £50m. In a bid to help continue that growth, Mike Dowsett has joined the firm as vice president of business development, working from Avid’s new US office in Michigan.
  26. We're now into September so we're sorry to inform you that summer is now well and truly over. But every cloud and all that as there are more and more Christmas events being announced every day and the latest one is sure to interest fans of a Christmas market. It's a hugely popular visitor spot all year round but the festive season looks set to be an extra special time at Northumberlandia as it hosts a magical event. The Cramlington sculpture, dubbed the 'queen of the north, due to its shape of a reclining female figure, will become an Enchanted Christmas Forest for one weekend only in December. From December 14 - 16, Northumberlandia will host a huge Christmas Fayre. Christmas at Beamish dates and ticket details revealed - when do they go on sale?
  27. He came to the UK to seek asylum from his war-torn home country But Iraqi Ari Abdullah is today awaiting deportation after being freed from prison for killing his ex. The hulking body builder abused his new home’s hospitality in the most violent and cruel way possible when he knifed nursery nurse Samantha Anderson 14 times in a Newcastle tower block, after she ended their intense relationship. His victim’s heartbroken family had feared he may return to the North East when he was let out. But after news of Abdullah’s forthcoming release featured on ChronicleLive, the Home Office contacted the Andersons and promised that the murderer would be kicked out the country as soon as possible, And today Samantha’s dad, Peter, has told of his relief.
  28. A minibus driver was so drunk he “nearly fell out” his vehicle when he was stopped by police on a busy main road. Andrew Parsons was found to be more than twice the legal limit as he travelled along the A189, in Cramlington, Northumberland. A court heard the 45-year-old, who was employed as a taxi driver of the minibus but was not working at the time, was pulled over after he was spotted by police buying alcohol and staggering back to his vehicle at the Co-op garage on the Moor Farm Roundabout. And, when he failed a subsequent roadside breath test, he tried to wriggle his way out by claiming he’d used alcoholic mouthwash in the moments before. However, Parsons, of Park View, Ashington, has since admitted that was a lie after pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol during a hearing at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court. James Long, prosecuting, said Parsons was initially seen by a special constable buying alcohol at the Co-op garage on the Moor Farm Roundabout, near Cramlington, on August 19.
  29. She was the “inspiration” who lived her life to the full. But just 12 hours after complaining of illness during a family meal, Jessica McEnroe tragically died of sepsis - the day before her 27th birthday. Mum Michelle Thompson was on holiday in Turkey at the time and returned to the UK to arrange her daughter’s funeral. Now - on the first anniversary of her daughter’s tragic passing last September 8 - Michelle has paid tribute to Jessica and spoken out to raise awareness of the condition which killed her. She said: “I cannot believe it’s a year now, I don’t know where the time has gone. “Jessica was very outgoing. She was an inspiration, she was never down and out.
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