Biker dies in crash

A MOTORCYCLIST has died after a road accident near Ponteland.

The accident happened on the A696 at Milbourne at 12.55pm on Sunday when a car and motorcycle collided.

Glen Berry, 44, of Birtley, who was riding the motorbike, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A section of the road was closed for around four hours and diversions were in place.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact police motor patrols on 03456 043043, ext 69191.