A grey-haired raider who threatened a shop assistant at gun point is being sought by police.
He turned and walked out of the Crusty Loaf in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, on Saturday lunchtime after the woman assistant refused to hand over money. She was said to be "extremely shaken". Police said the gunman, thought to be in his 40s, wore smart, beige-coloured summer clothes and dark-rimmed glasses. Anybody with information should ring 0845 606-0365 and ask for Bishop Auckland CID.
COMEDIAN Sean Lock will be in the North-East as part of a national tour in the autumn. The regular panellist on the BBC2 show QI will appear at The Journal Tyne Theatre in Newcastle on October 19. Tickets are on sale now at the theatre and Metro Radio Arena box offices, or by ringing 0870 145 1200.
MORE than 200 kilogrammes of rubbish - including a slot machine and a shopping trolley - have been recovered during a spring clean of Wallsend's parks.
Around 90 people turned out to clean Prince Road Arboretum, Richardson Dees Park and the Civic Hall grounds and comment on plans for £5m improvements that will be the subject of a lottery application later this year.
Race fight cash
AN anti-racism charity that uses football to get is message across has been given a £15,000 grant for work in the North-East. The grant to the Show Racism the Red Card campaign from South Tyneside Council will allow it to continue its work with schools and youth groups for three more years.
MODERN art, foreign language, computers and local and family history are on offer in a new set of courses starting in County Durham soon.
Durham Clayport Library is hosting the courses in conjunction with Sunderland University and New College, Durham, with two week-long summer schools also being lined up for July. Places should be booked at Clayport Library on (0191) 386-4003.
DRIVERS who take part in a parking survey could win a free permit. Newcastle City Council is carrying out a customer survey in its car parks, asking questions about car park location, price, payment method, safety and access. Every 100th completed entry will win a free one-month gold parking permit. Survey staff are handing out forms in car parks from this week for a month.