An Army bomb disposal team had to be called out to a police station after a member of the public handed in a Second World War grenade to startled staff.
The crew, from Catterick, North Yorkshire, were drafted in after it was taken to Gateshead Police Station on Saturday afternoon.
The team made the grenade safe, and the station was not evacuated.
Car theft bid
FIVE teenagers were arrested after a failed attempt to break into a Renault Clio in Northumberland.
The boys, two aged 17, one 18, one 15 and one 14, were spotted trying to get into the car just before 7pm on Saturday on Palace Road, Bedlington. They were spotted and later arrested.
IAN Fletcher, a part-time chainsaw tutor at Northumberland College's Kirkley Hall campus, has been highly commended in the City and Guilds Medals for Excellence scheme.
Ian, head forester for the National Trust at Cragside near Rothbury, does chainsaw training and assessment for college students in his spare time.
BAILIFFGATE Museum in Alnwick, Northumberland, is to host a fashion show on March 19, featuring the spring collection of designer golf and outdoor wear at Scotts of Alnwick.
Tickets, which cost £6 including refreshments, or £5 for Friends of Bailiffgate, are now available from the Museum on (01665) 605847.
A MAN died while diving in Hartlepool Marina yesterday.
Cleveland Police have launched an investigation after the 36-year-old Hartlepool man died. His name has not yet been released.
Penny for them
ACCOUNTANCY firm HW placed a chain of pennies around their office in Cale Cross House, next to the Tyne Bridge, Newcastle, in aid of Comic Relief. The firm collected £401.31 from the event.
A DRIVER was taken to hospital after his car overturned in County Durham yesterday.
Firefighters were called to the A688 between Bishop Auckland and Middlestone Moor at 8.40pm after the car veered off the road, trapping the motorist. He was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham for treatment.