Police have moved to reassure families after a home was targeted by vandals.
A brick was thrown through the window of a house on Cleveland Road, Barnes, Sunderland, at about 9.30pm on Wednesday, setting off the alarm.
The owner could also smell petrol and called the police.
Insp Alan Patterson said officers were making high visibility patrols in the area.
HEALTH chiefs are delaying a final decision on the future of Morpeth Cottage Hospital, which has been under review since May.
Final recommendations were due to be made to the Northumbria Healthcare Trust board next week but the report is being postponed until October or November so that bosses can iron out key details.
Visitor site call
THE chairman of Berwick Civic Society has called for a top-class visitor centre to be created at Spittal Point at the mouth of the River Tweed at Berwick.
Alison Cowe said the point was a prime site which should become a magnet destination and include shops.