Driver faces jail

A teenage motorist from Northumberland is facing prison after admitting killing a pensioner while sending a text message on her mobile phone.

A teenage motorist from Northumberland is facing prison after admitting killing a pensioner while sending a text message on her mobile phone.

Rachel Begg, of Whinbank, Ponteland, pleaded guilty to causing the death of grandmother Maureen Waites, 64, by dangerous driving.

The self-employed hairdresser, from Wingate, County Durham, died on her way to pick up a relative from Newcastle Airport last November.

Her Citroen crashed with a VW Golf driven by Begg on the A696 Woolsington bypass.

Robert Adams, defending, told Newcastle Crown Court: "The last call immediately prior to the incident was a sent text message."

Begg, 19 was warned by Judge John Milford QC that a custodial sentence was inevitable as he adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report.

The judge added: "This will determine the length of the custodial sentence you will receive in due course."

Begg, who kept her head bowed throughout the brief hearing, was released on bail until sentencing on July 20.

Fares cop

METRO operator, Nexus, carried out extra ticket inspections to coincide with the start of the Hopping's on Newcastle's Town Moor at the weekend.

The nearest station to the Hopping's site, West Jesmond, was one of the main targets with 289 people being caught and issued with penalty fares. Nexus estimates that fare evasions costs them around £1m a year.

Win a Cat

SUNDERLAND Football Club's official charity SAFC Foundation has extended the deadline for Sunderland fans to win a visit from a member of Roy Keane's team.

The Premier League's win a player campaign offers local charities the chance to raise awareness of their projects by bidding for a Black Cats star to visit them.

To bid for a star fill in the application at www.premier league.com/chancesform.html or call the Premier League on 0207 9086592 or email creating chances@premierleague.com

Ride on

BICYCLE shelters have been installed at Newcastle Civic Centre as part of the council's Green Travel Plan.

The shelters offer room for up to 20 bikes while complementing the listing buildings status with its high quality stainless steel design. It is hoped that this will encourage council workers to leave their cars at home and instead opt for the environmentally-safe and healthier option of cycling to work.

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