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    Airfield history commemorated

    A plaque has been unveiled at Northumberlandia to commemorate the former First World War airfield at Cramlington.
  2. A former Cramlington police officer is still helping colleagues five years after retiring.
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    Clerk amazed by century-old cards

    A series of coincidences has led to the clerk of Cramlington Town Council connecting with his counterpart in the run-up to Armistice Day.
  4. The search is on for the north east’s newest young singing star.
  5. Hundreds of pounds has been banked to help a hospital unit.
  6. Budding singers are in with a chance to bag the Northumberland spotlight this Christmas and spread some festive cheer at the same time. The competition A Star is Born, which made its debut last year, is again out to find an up-and-coming talent to turn on the Christmas lights this November at Manor Walks shopping centre in Cramlington. The contest - won last year by 15-year-old Milly Melling from North Tyneside - is open to any aspiring singers aged between six and 17 who are up to taking part in a live audition for a chance to play a role in the annual switch-on and also win £500. Hosted by Cramlington Town Council and Heart FM, A Star is Born is open to entries - for individuals or groups - up until Sunday. Contestants will need to sing two songs, including a Christmas favourite, at a festive semi-final in Manor Walks' Centre Mall on November 17, where audience members also will have a chance to vote for their favourite act of the audition. Then three hopefuls will take part in the final of the competition the following week, ahead of the switch-on taking place on November 24.
  7. The next phase of the Universal Credit roll out will see the new benefit hit some North East towns this month. It's the latest step in the introduction of the new system which will see six benefits replaced by one. By early 2019, the whole country will have switched over but there are still some towns in our region yet to make the change. Below is a full run down of which towns will move over to universal credit, how it works and why it's controversial. The Nortumberland towns of Ashington , Berwick , Cramlington and Morpeth are the latest places in our region to start using the new benefit. From this week, everyone claiming one of the six benefits that Universal Credit replaced.
  8. Staff and children at a ‘pioneering’ primary school are celebrating their latest inspection report.
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    Roses for ruby anniversary

    A Cramlington club has celebrated the end of its ruby anniversary year in style.
  10. Grace Taylor and Matthew King never should have met. Grace, 14, from Cramlington and Matthew, 20, from North Yorkshire, wouldn't have come across each other if their young lives hadn't been blighted by serious illness. The pair were thrown together in the most difficult of circumstances: while both undergoing treatment at the RVI's teenage cancer unit. They formed a friendship and now Grace is hoping to raise money to help her pal "have a normal life" after he lost his leg to Ewing's Sarcoma. Matthew was rushed to hospital in Darlington in March last year at the age of 18, after breaking his leg in a small fall. Doctors couldn't see why the accident would have caused a serious break - before they discovered that Matt, who had been experiencing pain in his legs while playing football for several years, had a tumour so large they had no choice but to amputate his leg.
  11. Muffin Break, a café-bakery chain, will open its new store in Cramlington tomorrow.
  12. This adorable spaniel has been bringing comfort to elderly people across Northumberland. Martha is a 'special ambassador' at Home Instead Senior Care South East Northumberland and goes out with carers to visit clients. The adorable pooch was given a special mention in an inspection carried out by the Care Quality Commission after clients told them they loved meeting her. Home Instead specialises in caring for older people at home and was given an 'outstanding' rating by the CQC - a rating that is achieved by only 2% of inspected care providers. The business was set up 18 months ago by couple Guy and Carole Kirk and serves clients in Morpeth, Cramlington , Blyth and the surrounding area. Guy, of Morpeth, said: "We are humbled by the very many positive comments contained within the report and so proud of our team.
  13. A planning inspector has dismissed an appeal over a refused caravan storage facility in Cramlington, which was vigorously opposed by nearby residents.
  14. This is the moment a pervert was snared by paedophile hunters trying to meet a child for sex - just days after being released from prison. Luke Stoddart made contact with a decoy profile online and the conversation soon turned to filth. But he was oblivious to the fact the 'girl' he was messaging was actually a decoy set up by the vigilante group 'Geordie Chasers'. Now the 22-year-old, from Fern Avenue, Cramlington, is facing a prison sentence after pleading guilty to a string of child sex offences. South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court heard Stoddart was released from jail on October 5 after being locked up in September 2016 for attacking a 16-year-old and grooming a 15-year-old. But days later he was already trying to arrange to meet up with a 13-year-old for sex over Whatsapp.
  15. A man has appeared in court charged with a string of child pornography offences. Robert Taws, 28, of Barrasford Road, Cramlington, did not enter a plea to the eight charges when he appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court for a short hearing. Taws is charged with six counts of making indecent photographs / pseudo-photographs of a child. The indecent photograph charges relate to images and videos ranging from category A, the most serious, to category C. He is also charged with possession of a prohibited image of a child and possession of an extreme pornographic image involving dogs and horses. Prosecutor James Long gave a brief summary of the offences but no plea or comment was added by Taws' solicitor.
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