Cyclist on M-way

Police were forced to put the brakes on a dare-devil cyclist they spotted riding down the hard shoulder of a motorway.

Police were forced to put the brakes on a dare-devil cyclist they spotted riding down the hard shoulder of a motorway.

The 29-year-old man from the Czech Republic was heading south on the M6 in Cumbria on Tuesday before he was told that it was illegal to cycle on a motorway.

Great year

NEWCASTLE hotel Jesmond Dene House celebrated its first anniversary yesterday.

It was opened on September 1 2005. Its owners, including chef Terry Laybourne and property developer Peter Candler, have reported a strong rise in the number of guests staying at the hotel who visit the region specifically to experience Newcastle's burgeoning culinary scene.

The AA recently rated Jesmond Dene House Newcastle's top hotel.

Crime's down

CRIME levels in the Berwick district continue to fall.

Figures for the second quarter of the year show 223 offences were committed, 7% down on the corresponding period last year.

But police say they are concerned about the 100% increase in domestic burglaries with 22 reported for the three month period.

Festival starts

THE annual Bensham and Saltwell Community Festival takes place tomorrow from noon to 4pm.

It is at The Grove, Saltwell Park, and admission is free to the event, which will include entertainers and rides.

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