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2008-10-08 18:00:00

By Dave Black PLANNING controls imposed on opencast mining in south east Northumberland were in tatters last night after a second site was approved in what was previously an official no-go area for the industry. County councillors approved the extraction of 2 million tonnes of coal from 600 acres at Potland Burn on the edge of Ashington, despite the site lying in an opencast constraint area where mining is actively discouraged. A year ago the Government allowed a plan to dig 3.4...

2008-10-07 18:00:26

By VINCE GLEDHILL CONTROVERSIAL plans for an opencast mine next to a town were given the go-ahead today. Hundreds of people objected to UK Coal's plans to dig up 600 acres of open land at Potland Burn, north of Ashington. But members of Northumberland County Council planning and regulatory committee approved the proposals at a meeting in Morpeth today. A year ago the council's planning officers said they were against the plan because it would damage regeneration work in Ashington...

2008-09-30 06:00:33

A PREGNANT bride went straight from her wedding reception to a hospital' delivery room after going through with her marriage ceremony despite having contractions. Emma Lowdon, 36, tied the knot with her partner Sean Allum, 35, in a register office before being taken to nearby Wansbeck General Hospital in Ashington, Northumberland, to give birth to her first child. Josh was born five weeks prematurely weighing 5lb, less than 24 hours after his parents' wedding. The maternity room was...

2008-09-19 21:00:33

A MAN who suffered a stroke has celebrated his 65th birthday with a group of people who he believes saved his life. Doug Willis is a regular attendee at exercise sessions, run as part of Northumberland Care Trust's cardiac rehabilitation programme for people in rural areas. On April 1 this year, he collapsed during one of the sessions at Cheviot Primary Care Centre in Wooler, near his home. He was treated immediately by cardiac sister Carol Groves, who runs the group, and local GP Dr...

2008-09-08 00:00:14

By Amol Rajan THE HEAVY rains that caused severe flooding and killed at least eight people across Britain began to ease in many parts of the country yesterday. But while the weather brightened and floodwaters receded in some areas, hundreds of homes remained submerged as forecasters warned of further heavy downpours tomorrow. The Environment Agency said it expected rivers to stabilise but had a "very watchful eye" on the north-east of England and the river Ouse. Flash floods hit...

2008-08-28 18:00:51

A HOUSE which became a crime scene after two teenage girls ended up in hospital with drug overdoses had only just become occupied by new residents. Police sealed off the house in Richard Street, Blyth, for a number of hours yesterday while they carried out an investigation into the incident. Three local men, one 18 and two 23, were arrested in connection with supplying drugs. The two girls were due to be released from hospital today after recovering. A neighbour, who did not wish...

2008-08-23 18:00:17

A POLLUTED beach remains closed while investigators look into oil washed up there. The Environment Agency is waiting for the results of lab tests after an oily substance was discovered on the sand near the high tide mark on Cambois beach, Northumberland. Wansbeck Council says the beach will be closed until officials give the all-clear. (c) 2008 Evening Chronicle - Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-21 18:00:28

A CLEAN-UP operation was launched yesterday on a beach which was closed after a mystery pollution incident. Workmen and machines from Wansbeck District Council moved on to Cambois Beach near Bedlington to remove the unidentified oily substance which was discovered a week ago. The work started as results were still awaited from laboratory tests carried out by the Environment Agency to identify the substance and where it came from. A 300m-400m stretch of beach was closed as a...

2008-08-18 00:00:21

A STRETCH of Northumberland coastline has been closed to the public while tests are carried out to solve a pollution puzzle. Warning signs have been put up, public access points closed and coastal warden patrols put in place along Cambois beach near Bedlington following the discovery of an unidentified oily substance on Wednesday. Wansbeck District Council closed the beach between Cambois and North Blyth as a precaution, after a member of the public reported oily globules on the sand....

2008-08-18 00:00:21

TESTS were still being carried out on sea drains yesterday in a bid to trace the source of pollution which has led to the closure of a stretch of Northumberland coastline. Cambois Beach near Bedlington was closed to the public on Thursday after a walker discovered globules of an oily substance on the sands at the high-tide mark. Wansbeck Council took the decision as a precautionary measure after alerting the Environment Agency to the incident. Warning signs have been put up, public...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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