Crash man in court

An 18-year-old motorist appeared in court yesterday after he lost control, narrowly missing other vehicles.

An 18-year-old motorist appeared in court yesterday after he lost control, narrowly missing other vehicles.

The Peugeot 307 he was driving on the A690 at Low Willington, Durham on Tuesday, left the road on a corner near Shaftoe House, burst through a hedge and came to rest in a field. At Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court the man was charged with dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking and drink driving.

Arms eviction

A TENANT who had a cache of dangerous weapons hidden in his home has been evicted - exactly one year after he moved in.

Bailiffs evicted Shaun McGann from a flat at Whiteleas Way in South Shields on June 5. The 21-year-old was removed from the property after a police-led raid in January discovered an array of weapons there, including samurai swords, a catapult and knives.

He was also charged with a drugs-related offence as a result of the raid, which was one of several carried out in the area as part of the Safer South Tyneside initiative.

Police on move

A MINI police station in Durham closed yesterday. The station on Derwent Street, Black Hill, had been part of a factory but, with new owners needing the entire property, the officers have been forced to relocate.

Inspector Andy McConnell said: "The beat team will be working out of Consett while the search goes on for alternative premises."

Mes amis

STAFF preparing for a huge festival are brushing up on their French for the visit of one of the star performers.

Organisers of the Mouth of the Tyne festival at Tynemouth and South Shields are set to welcome renowned African performer Mory Kante (corr) for a show at Tynemouth Priory, but with his English limited, staff are quickly learning French to ensure the concert on July 14 runs smoothly. The ticket-only concert is one of the attractions of the weekend-long concert. For more information call (0191) 443-4661 or visit

Centre rescue

A PLAN to save a community centre will be presented at a public meeting to discuss its future.

Fawdon Community Association's management committee has drawn up the action plan in conjunction with Newcastle City Council in a bid to safeguard the future of the popular centre. It will be presented at a public meeting at the centre on June 11 from 6pm.


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