Dog causes rescue alert

A worried dog owner called for rescue teams yesterday when he could not get his pet out of the River Wear in Sunderland.

A worried dog owner called for rescue teams yesterday when he could not get his pet out of the River Wear in Sunderland.

The man had tried and failed to coax his pet to the shore after it went swimming near to the Stadium of Light at 9.20am.

Fortunately the man was able to call the dog back to the riverbank as coastguard crews were arriving.

Pigeons horror

Youths caused £10,000 damage by mutilating and killing racing pigeons that were kept in a loft.

The incident happened at 8.15pm on Saturday night in Skipper's Lane, Middlesbrough, when two youths broke into the loft and shed area where the birds were kept. Call police on (01642) 326326 with information.

Dogs first aid

Dog health and first aid advice will be available at an event being staged by the Northumberland Dog Training Club on April 15.

Held at the Northumberland Canine Centre, Lee Moor Business Park near Rennington, the event runs from 10am to 3pm, and tickets are available on the door at £5. Contact Jacquie Hall on (01665) 720763, Adrian Bell on (01670) 763020 or David Young (01665) 510999.

Monumental

A monument dedicated to British naval hero Horatio Nelson has finally been restored to its former glory, after years of gathering moss next to the old A1 in Northumberland. Davison's Obelisk, situated near Swarland, was given a £48,000 make-over following an extensive 12-year fund-raising campaign by local parish and district councillors.

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