Accident closes road

A man was in intensive care in hospital yesterday after stepping into the path of an oncoming car on the A189 Spine Road, 400m north of Cowpen Road in Blyth, at 3am on Saturday.

A man was in intensive care in hospital yesterday after stepping into the path of an oncoming car on the A189 Spine Road, 400m north of Cowpen Road in Blyth, at 3am on Saturday. The road was closed for about two-and-a-half hours. Anyone with information should call (01661) 861972.

Blaze at Egger

FIREFIGHTERS spent more than six hours tackling a blaze at a Northumberland factory yesterday. Eight crews were called to the blaze at Egger UK in Hexham after a chipboard press caught fire at 8.55am. It is believed the machine was back in operation last night, but firefighters will return today (mon) to ensure everything is safe.

Gilbert on show

A WORLD renowned artist will be holding a rare exhibition of her work in Newcastle next month. [Nov]

Wallsend-born Anne Yvonne Gilbert, whose work includes the cover to Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Relax, will be giving fans a rare opportunity to see a large selection of her art under one roof at Newcastle Arts Centre on Westgate Road.

The exhibition will run from November 11 to December 30 and admission is free.

Garage fire

AN ELDERLY man needed oxygen after a blaze at a neighbour's garage yesterday. The 73-year-old was treated by paramedics following the fire in Hark Crescent, Shiremoor, North Tyneside, at 6am. The blaze, which was is believed to have been deliberately started, destroyed the garage and damaged a Honda Accent.

Village facelift

A VILLAGE centre is to get a fresh new look thanks to a scheme costing more than £100,000.

Durham County Council is to start work on Front Street in Witton Gilbert, today. [MONDAY]. The work, which is expected to take about nine weeks, includes replacing worn out tarmac and broken pavement flags along nearly 140 metres of Front Street.

There will also be new cast iron railings, bollards to prevent parking in front of the Glendenning Arms, and re-pointing of walls where necessary.

Men sought

A 46-year-old woman was stabbed hours after being involved in a disagreement with a 39-year-old man near the Highland Laddie pub in Stockton on Friday.

Police want to trace two men who helped break up the earlier incident. Anyone with information should call (01642) 302339.

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