Public Spaces Protection Orders

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill is currently making its way through parliament, and recently passed committee stage. Among other things, it will introduce a “Public Spaces Protection Order”, to prevent specified things being done in specified public places. The idea is to introduce a simplified alternative which replaces Dog Control Orders (use of leads, control … Continue reading Public Spaces Protection Orders


Normally more than 200 people in Northumberland complete an apprenticeship related to construction, planning or the built environment each year. That’s around 1.2% of all such apprenticeships in England. Not bad, considering that Northumberland represents just 0.6% of the population of England. Last year, however, the number in Northumberland dropped from 200 to just 40. … Continue reading Apprenticeships

August 1st (1809)

A violent thunder storm, accompanied with rain and hail, took place at Alnwick; the electric fluid entered the house of Major Castles, and shivered a bed-stead to pieces, tore the wall in several places, and completely demolished the bell wires; a servant maid was in the bedroom, but escaped unhurt; it left such a sulphureous smell in the house that they could scarcely breathe in it for some time.