Fire service plans for a ÃÂ£10m shake-up of 999 cover in Northumberland are finally to go ahead - three years after being approved amid a storm of controversy.
Work is expected to start early next year on the PFI-funded modernisation, which involves the closure of fire stations in Blyth, Cramlington, Morpeth and Ashington and the loss of about 28 full-time firefighter posts.
REPORTED UFO sightings over Northumberland on Saturday night may have been Chinese lanterns.
Peter Jackson, a 30-year-old gardener who lives near Morpeth, contacted The Journal yesterday after seeing 15 unidentified flying objects while enjoying a barbecue with his family on Saturday night.
He used a digital camera to capture video footage of the white objects, which later became a mix of orange and red, as they flew in formation below cloud level from 10.15pm to 10.30pm.