First rate school

A North school is celebrating being praised by watchdog Ofsted for providing "an outstanding education for its pupils".

A North school is celebrating being praised by watchdog Ofsted for providing "an outstanding education for its pupils".

St Agnes's Catholic School in Crawcrook, Gateshead, became the first primary school in the borough to gain a clean sweep of top marks across all the main categories in the Ofsted report.

Cruelty to cats

A WOMAN whose five cats died in squalor has been spared jail. Joanne McHugh, 31, walked free, although magistrates told her the horrific offences warranted prison.

She was banned for life from owning another animal after JPs in South Tyneside heard she had left nine cats locked up without food or water for four months when she left her upstairs flat in Charles Street, Boldon Colliery, to move to a new house.

She was given a six-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay £1,000 to the RSPCA.

Fairtrade title

ALNWICK is the latest town to join the fight to end poverty in the developing world.

It has been named an official Fairtrade town, following an 18-month local campaign to promote ethical shopping.

Leadership skill

A NORTH director is to represent the UK in the Skills Olympics in Japan this year.

Bill McGawley, MD of TDR Group in Gateshead, as UK Team Manager, will select and lead the UK manufacturing team into the competition, which is held every two years and involves 800 young people drawn from 45 countries.

Star show

A COLLECTION of landscape and street scene watercolours goes on show at the Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery from Tuesday.

The paintings are the work of architectural designer Stuart Fisher, the son of a miner from Horden.

Stuart has lived in Peterlee since he was two years old.

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