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Peek inside Newcastle house after six-figure makeover



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A Newcastle house has hit the market after undergoing an incredible remodel.

First a warren of bed-sits then an impressive five bedroom house, the building has moved onto the next chapter of its life being transformed into three, separate family homes.

Potential buyers have the chance to view the outcome of the extreme refurbishment tomorrow (24 February) at an American-style, open-house.

Newcastle independent estate agent, Hive Estates, who advised on the renovation strategy and styled the homes, is hosting the event.

Hive Estates managing director, Michael Mortimer said: “We are incredibly excited for the ‘big reveal’.

“These properties are a perfect example of how we are changing the way estate agency works, by not just sticking them on Rightmove and putting a board outside but creatively advising and styling them, or designing them, and selling them via effective marketing campaigns which embrace social media platforms to reach varied and extensive audiences.”

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An Instagram-led marketing campaign – developed and implement by Hive Estates – has already inspired lots of house-hunters to register their interest in 13 Highbury, Lavender House and Moor Lodge.

The building may have changed in appearance, going from a 1900s Victorian building to modern flats, but its uninterrupted views across the Town Moor have remained the same.

It’s fascinating history sees the imposing red-brick property once belonging to the Northern Ladies Annuity Society, split into a number of bedsits that housed governesses who hadn’t married, or who were widowed and had fallen on hard times.

Each flat had a sink and cooking facilities and there were communal bathrooms and living spaces.

The charity, which was established in 1868 to support retired widows and single women on low incomes, sold the property – known then as Lavendar Lodge – to Tim Price and his wife Sarah, in the 1990’s.

No 13 Highbury House in 1996 when Tim and Sarah purchased it (Credit: Hive Estates)

This change in ownership led to the house turning into a very large family home.

The Prices enjoyed a happy life at Highbury House, having two children there – Sam in 1998, and Josh in 2000 – before moving away and keeping the house as an investment property.

Up until 2019, Mr Price rented the house out to students.

Tim (left) and Sarah lived at Highbury House until 2002, when Tim’s job took him to Manchester.

No. 13 Highbury has since undergone a major, six-figure renovation.

It is part of a prestigious terrace where three-storey homes typically fetch £700,000.

Mortimer added: “The location of these homes is spectacular – they have serene, vista views across the Town Moor, yet are minutes away from a wonderful array of cafes and shops in Jesmond and Newcastle city centre, with great schools on their doorsteps.”



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Man denies 1992 murder of Sunderland schoolgirl Nikki Allan



A man accused of the murder of a schoolgirl who was stabbed to death 30 years ago has denied the charge.

Seven-year-old Nikki Allan vanished on Wednesday, October 7, 1992 after leaving her grandparents’ flat in Wear Garth, Sunderland.

The next morning, Nikki’s school shoes were found a few hundred yards away outside of the Old Exchange building. Her body was discovered lying in a pool of blood inside the derelict building by a neighbour who was helping the police with their search for the missing youngster. She had been stabbed 37 times.

David Boyd, of Chesterton Court, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on the morning of Monday, June 20, where he faced a charge of murder.

The 54-year-old appeared via video link where he pleaded not guilty to the offence during the short, 25-minute hearing.

A trial had originally been listed to start on January 11 next year but the court heard it may now be put back until April 19. Any trial could last up to six weeks.

Boyd was remanded in custody in the meantime.

Judge Paul Sloan QC informed the court that a further pre-trial hearing will now take place on Monday, November 7.

The judge told Boyd: “I am adjourning your case to trial. The precise trial date will be confirmed, hopefully in the next few days.

“There will be at least one further pre-trial hearing before the trial date.

“In due course you will be required to provide a defence statement, setting out in detail your defence to the charge you face.”

Nikki’s mother Sharon Henderson sat in the public gallery for the hearing. She burst into tears when the charge was read out, was consoled by supporters and the court usher gave her a tissue.

After Boyd was charged, Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable David Felton said: “This is an extremely tragic case and our thoughts very much continue to be with the family and friends of Nikki Allan.

“A significant investigation has been ongoing ever since Nikki’s death 30 years ago.

“As with any unsolved cases of this nature, they are never closed. Our dedicated teams constantly review the evidence and follow any new investigative leads that may come to light.”

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Northumberland man accused of murdering his terminally ill wife faces trial in Cyprus



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Sky News reports that David Hunter, a 75-year-old man originally from Northumberland, will appear in a Cypriot court on Thursday accused of murdering his terminally ill wife last December.


Mr Hunter allegedly suffocated Janice, his wife of 56 years, before attempting to end his own life by taking an overdose. The former miner faces a life sentence if found guilty, after his request for the alternative charge of “assisted suicide” was rejected.


Lesley Cawthorne, the couple’s daughter, told Sky News of how her father is “haunted” by memories of her mother “screaming in pain” during her battle with terminal blood cancer, and is asking the Cypriot judges to show compassion.


“My mum made her wishes clear and my dad helped her.


“She just wanted it to end. She didn’t want to fight. She didn’t want treatment.


“She didn’t want a long, protracted death. She’d had enough and she just wanted to go.”


The trial will be heard by three judges on Thursday and Friday with further hearings expected over the coming weeks, and will be the first euthanasia case heard in Cyprus.


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Met Office hints at a North East heatwave with temperatures set to soar this week



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Temperatures in the North East are set to reach up to 24°C by Friday, with temperatures gradually increasing throughout the week.

So, after a gloomy start to June, it looks like summer is finally about to kick in across England this week. Meteorologists are hinting at a possible turning point with a mini-heatwave on its way, hailing increasing Mercury levels.

Stephen Dixon, Met Office Spokesperson, said that “temperatures in the southeast could reach around 33°C on Friday, with temperatures in the northeast likely to be in the mid-to-high 20s for many”.

Some isolated spots in the northeast could even enjoy temperatures up to 29°C for some time on Friday.

“Although areas further south will see the highest temperatures, figures in the northeast of England will still be very warm for the time of year when they peak on Friday”, Dixon added.

These unprecedented temperatures are a result of a persistent area of high pressure over much of the UK and warm air from the continent nudging temperatures up well beyond their average for this time of the year.

However, those wanting to enjoy the sun are advised to make the most out of this week. A cold front is moving in from the north from Saturday, bringing with it uncertainty and a risk of showers. This will see the temperatures drop back to around 18°C.

How will you be making the most of the heatwave this weekend? Let us know!

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