Dead biker is named

A motorcyclist who died in the Scottish borders on Sunday weekend has been named.

A motorcyclist who died in the Scottish borders on Sunday weekend has been named.

Thomas Maguire, 60, from Morpeth, died at the scene of the crash between Selkirk and Moffat when his bike is said to have crossed on to the opposite carriageway into the path of a blue Nissan Skyline travelling the opposite way. A report has gone to the Procurator Fiscal.

Paint attack

POLICE IN Chester-le- Street are appealing for information after a tin of gloss paint was thrown through a pensioner's bedroom window on Sunday night.

The 90-year-old was asleep at her Sacriston home when the tin crashed through the window just before 11.15pm. The terrified woman used a pull-cord alarm at her warden-controlled bungalow in Fernwood which Police think may have been targeted by mistake. Those with information can contact PC Christopher Dover at Chester-le-Street police station on 0845 606-0365 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Prized verse

POETS who entered a contest celebrating Britain's patron saints will receive awards next week.

Entries have come in from Berwick, Seahouses and Wooler libraries - from serious poets to people who have put pen to paper for the first time. The first prize winners will also have the chance to go behind the scenes at the Northern Poetry Library at Morpeth, and other prizes will be awarded at Berwick Library on St George's Day next Monday.

Learning days

A CELEBRATION of learning takes place when more than 200 people from the social care sector gather for two major events. The Tyne and Wear Care Alliance holds its second annual Widening the Participation of Learning celebrations on Thursday at St James's Park in Newcastle and the following Thursday at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

Rowers gather

AT its annual regatta on April 28 over a 1,000m course at The Riverside Chester-le-Street Amateur Rowing Club hosts adults and juniors from the North and Scotland, rowing from early on until about 5pm. Admission is free, spectators welcome.

Morris dancing

MORRIS dance teams perform at Gateshead's Baltic Square on Sunday. The Hexham Morrismen, Hexhamshire Lasses and the Tyne Bridge Women's Morris team will be among those performing between noon and 2pm.


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