A crackdown on disorder and damage on the Metro system has seen 36 people fined for riding without a ticket between last Saturday and Tuesday.
In addition, 25 people were stopped and searched, 18 were reported for bylaw offences, nine for having alcohol on the system and one arrest was made for drugs offences.
More operations are planned for the coming weeks by police and Metro operator Nexus.
SOUTH Shields Customs House director Ray Spencer is appealing for anyone with a sheleighly to contact him.
Ray is directing a new play by Helen Russell called Off The Shelf, and the comedy, about three elderly women looking for love, calls for the use of an elusive Irish walking stick. If you can help, contact the Customs House on (0191) 454-5450. Off The Shelf runs from Thursday, May 24, to Saturday, May 26, with matinees on Thursday and Friday, tickets £8.
Art on show
GREY College in Durham is to host a public exhibition next month by Northumberland-based artist Mick Oxley.
The event, called Northumberland Seascapes, will run from June 2-29. All of the paintings displayed will be for sale. Mick, 53, lives in Craster.
THE Gateshead College of Automotive Excellence has won an award for helping staff and students find more environmentally-friendly ways of getting to the building.
A silver award in the Travel Plan Accreditation Scheme has been earned for promoting the use of public transport, car sharing, cycling and walking to the premises on the Team Valley Trading Estate.
WORKMATES Jill Ryder and Jean Surtees, from Bishop Auckland, have raised £2,586 for the Great North Air Ambulance by holding raffles and a tombola at a recent civic ball. Their employers, Barclays, have doubled the total, meaning more than £5,100 will go towards helping keep the life-saving service in the air.
SWAP shops for unwanted plants are to help celebrate Compost Awareness Week in County Durham. The swap shops will take place from 9.30am to 12 noon on Saturday, May 5, at Derwentside District Council's Morrison Busty depot, Stanley, and at Sedgefield Borough Council offices, Green Lane, Spennymoor, on May 12.