With 2022 just around the corner, we thought we would take a look back at some of the biggest stories of the year.

Here are the most-read articles from each month:


The body of a man was sadly found near the River Tyne at Corbridge. The man was later named as 51-year-old Roger McArthur Speirs.


Five men were arrested after an illegal rave was planned near Ebchester. Musical equipment, nitrous oxide and small quantities of suspected Class A drugs were seized by officers.


Dozens of people lined Hexham's main street to pay their respects to popular teacher Chris Scott. The well-respected PE teacher at Queen Elizabeth High School died of natural causes.


ITV's popular drama Vera was spotted filming in Tynedale, including in Corbridge on Easter Monday. The cast of the detective show, including Brenda Blethyn who plays Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, also filmed in Hexham, Stamfordham, and Matfen.


A major milestone was achieved on the £30m A69 Bridge End improvement works when the bridge decks which form the new circulatory part of the roundabout were lifted into their final position.


A devoted 80-year-old horse rider was given an exceptional achievement award. Jane Dotchin, of Hexham, was recognised for her triumph against the odds, showing determination, courage and sportsmanship.


The operator of The Flying Scotsman issued an explanation for why it was delayed and pulled by a diesel engine as it travelled through the region. The locomotive had travelled through both Hexham and Prudhoe stations with a 55 minute delay and although it was meant to be carried by its own steam, ended up pulled by a more modern diesel engine.


A 41-year-old car driver was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on the A69, between the Gilsland turn-off at Greenhead and the Shell garage at Low Row. The man was later named as father-of-two Billy McCreadie.


Part of the Bridge End roundabout at Hexham opened to traffic.


A tractor thought to be stolen unsuccessfully attempted to pull a cash machine off the wall of a Tynedale supermarket.


A man sadly died following a collision involving a car and a heavy goods vehicle on the A69 near Haltwhistle.


A 79-year-old man who lived in Prudhoe died following a suspected assault. Roy Clayton sadly died in hospital four days after he was believed to be assaulted.