Gun raiders scared off

Two gun-wielding men were scared off by staff when they attempted to rob a takeaway.

Two gun-wielding men were scared off by staff when they attempted to rob a takeaway.

The pair threatened staff at Chopstix (corr) takeaway on Allendale (corr) Road, Sunderland, on Tuesday at 11.55pm and demanded money, but ran off when other staff confronted them. Both are 6ft and stocky, one was wearing a red and white scarf and the other a blue jacket. Witnesses should call (0191) 454-7555 ext 66243.

Picnic attack

A MAN suffered a facial injury when he was robbed of £15.

The attack took place as the man was sitting in a picnic area in Blackhall Rocks, near Peterlee, County Durham, at 11.30am yesterday.

Anyone with information should call 0845 606-0365.

Health changes

REGIONAL health chiefs are encouraging people to speak out about proposals to change the structure of the local NHS.

A series of 16 meetings have been organised in community venues to get feedback on plans to change primary health care trusts, strategic health authorities and the ambulance service in County Durham, the Tees Valley, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. The first meeting will take place at 1.30pm on January 10 at the Civic Centre in Chester-le-Street. For more information call (0191) 210-6422.

Lung research

THE family of a woman who died of a rare lung disease have handed over a cheque for £900 to help fund research in the North-East.

Jean Johnston, of Sidgate, Newbrough, near Hexham, died in April, aged 68, from cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis (CFA), a condition which hits only six in 100,000 people.

Her husband Edmund gave the cheque to Prof Paul Corris for research at Newcastle University and the Freeman Hospital.

Treasure time

A GROUP of not-so-young farmers take to the stage in Hexham this month.

Northumberland Young Farmers 27Up will perform Treasure Island at the Queen's Hall from January 12 to 14. For more information contact the Queen's Hall on (01434) 652477.


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