Cut in fire attacks

An appeal aimed at curbing arson attacks has been heralded a success.

An appeal aimed at curbing arson attacks has been heralded a success.

Sedgefield Community Safety Partnership asked people in the County Durham borough to take extra precautions after a string of 47 arson-related incidents during last year's Easter holidays. Officials are proclaiming the initiative a success after the number of blazes reported dropped to 23 this year.

Breakfast clubs

SEVEN schools in the Ashington area will be able to run healthy breakfast clubs for early bird pupils thanks to £1,000 in funding from the North-Eastern and Cumbria Co-op's healthy eating campaign.

They are Coulson Park First, Welbeck First, Seaton Hirst Middle and Hirst High in Ashington, Lynemouth First and Moorside First and Newbiggin Middle in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

Unit's honour

A TERRITORIAL Army unit based in South Tyneside is to be granted the Freedom of the Borough in a high-profile ceremony.

South Tyneside Council will honour 205 (3rd Durham Volunteer Artillery) Battery, Royal Artillery (Volunteers) - which recruits in and around South Shields. On Sunday, the battalion will march to South Shields Town Hall, where the mayor, Coun Ed Malcolm, will inspect the guard and band before presenting them with the Freedom Scroll.

Put on the map

A EURO leaflet that omitted Alnwick and a number of other places in Northumberland has been re-printed after an intervention by Euro MP Fiona Hall.

Ms Hall said: "Officials have assured me that Coldstream, Wooler, Alnwick, Rothbury, Amble, Longframlington and Otterburn will all appear in the new edition. I'm delighted that North Northumberland towns and villages will now be well and truly on the map."


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer