A woman, 64, was robbed of her purse by an attacker who struck from behind as she walked along a footpath near Cramlington railway station.
She was attacked opposite the McDonald's restaurant at 5.30pm on Wednesday and left badly shaken but did not require hospital treatment. Northumbria Police want anyone with information to call Cramlington CID on 0845 604-3043 ext 61844 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
TAXI users are being asked to report drivers who don't have an appropriate licence.
The plea comes after a driver was found guilty at Durham Crown Court of driving a private hire vehicle while unlicensed, fined £500 and ordered to pay £332.50 costs to Chester-le-Street Council.
The council is asking members of the public to assist in identifying unlicensed drivers and report them to (0191) 387-2202.
A DEBATE on racism is taking place at the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University on April 26.
Scientists, writers and evolutionary thinkers are converging for the major event chaired by the university's new vice chancellor, Professor Chris Higgins.
Ice and early
FANS going to the Dancing On Ice shows at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena this weekend have been advised to arrive in plenty of time.
Journeys to the two shows on Sunday could be disrupted by fans going to Newcastle United's match against Chelsea, and the closure of Redheugh Bridge Road from 11.30am.
PUPILS at Welbeck Primary School, in Walker, Newcastle, have been set an attendance challenge, with a visit to Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books, up for grabs.
The scheme has been organised by Newcastle City Council's Education Welfare and the attraction to give the class with the best attendance the trip.
On the up
PEOPLE living in the West Shields area can find out about plans to improve local neighbourhoods.
Biddick Hall, West Harton and Whiteleas have been selected alongside 16 other neighbourhoods to benefit. Visit West Shields Community Area Forum at Winship Close, Whiteleas, at 10am next Thursday.