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The stories you might have missed this weekend

The stories you might have missed this weekend

It’s been an eventful weekend in the North East.

On Saturday night, the streets of Felling descended into panic over terrifying rumours of a child abduction – which fortunately turned out to be a false alarm .

And there was tragedy in Chester-Le-Street on Sunday as a man was stabbed to death and police launched a murder investigation .

But it was also the weekend of Newcastle’s colourful Pride parade, with

stunning pictures as the city centre donned its rainbow colours

despite the rain.

Among all the drama, here’s some of the news you might have missed:

The Harry Potter-themed streets that nearly appeared in Alnwick

Characters Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom could have given their names to Alnwick streets, as played by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, partly filmed in the town

Fancy living on Potters Close or Snape Drive?

It could have been an option for  Harry Potter  fans looking to move to Alnwick – if the town council hadn’t put its foot down.

Here’s why Luna Crescent and Dudley Drive won’t be a draw for wizard fans in Northumberland in the foreseeable future:

 

Durham Labour members expel ex-MP who spoke out over anti-semitism

Hilary Armstrong, Labour's chief whip at the launch of the Labour Party's local election campaign
Hilary Armstrong, Labour’s chief whip at the launch of the Labour Party’s local election campaign

A former chief whip under Tony Blair and critic of Jeremy Corbyn  has been described as “thoughtful”, “radical” and “wise” after her local constituency party voted to expel her from Labour .

A vote on expelling Hilary Armstrong was passed at a meeting of the North West Durham Constituency Party, where she was MP until 2010.

She was one of the Labour peers to put her name to a newspaper advert claiming Mr Corbyn was “failing the test of leadership” over the party’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations.

Here’s the full story:

  

Newcastle’s derelict buildings and what’s planned for them

Keelmans hospital

From listed churches and schools to swimming pools and burnt out pubs, these are some of Newcastle’s derelict buildings.

While some are now in the hands of developers and have a clear future ahead, others are set to lay empty for the foreseeable future.

Several, including Keelmans hospital, All Saints Church and Lime Street, Ouseburn, are owned by the council.

Here’s what’s happening to them:

Meet our new Police and Crime Commissioner

The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness takes part in the Newcastle Pride March 2019
The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness takes part in the Newcastle Pride March 2019

Labour’s Kim McGuinness was elected Northumbria’s new Police and Crime Commissioner in an extremely close race on Friday.

On Saturday, ChronicleLive sat down with Vera Baird’s replacement to find out more about her and her priorities for the role.

 

The ‘haunted hospital’ people pay to visit

Vane Tempest Hall In Durham

They say it is built on a mass grave.

And if you spend long enough in Vane Tempest Hall, you’ll almost certainly hear – or even feel – something which will send a shudder down your spine. The Grade II-listed Durham venue is believed to be very haunted.

We found out about its creepy history – have a read, if you dare:

 

The drag queen who joined police for a day

We’ve had a whole weekend filled with Pride – see if you can spot yourself in our gallery here:

We also reported on popular DJ and drag queen Dixie Swallows taking a break from the party to spread a very serious message.

The much-loved headliner of Rusty’s bar joined Northumbria Police’s LGBT+ association as they marched in the annual parade and accompanied them at their stall on the Town Moor on Saturday.

She was there to help raise awareness of domestic abuse in LGBT+ relationships. Here’s more:

The weirdest Metro lost property

Tyne and Wear Metro
Tyne and Wear Metro

A trolley, a fishing rod and a bag of cannabis are among the weird and wonderful items which have washed up in  Metro’s  lost property.

Nexus  has revealed the hundreds of items found left behind by passengers in the space of less than four months this year.

Here are some of the more bizarre ones:

 

Full story is available here.

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