Hunt for intruders

Intruders who threatened two men with a hammer at a Sunderland house are being hunted by police.

Intruders who threatened two men with a hammer at a Sunderland house are being hunted by police.

The victims were checking on the house of a friend who was on holiday when they came across the two burglars inside who brandished the hammer at them. They told the shocked men to keep their distance then ran out of the house on Ridley Terrace in Hendon. Anyone with information about the incident, which took place just before 8.30pm on Tuesday, is asked to call Sunderland CID on 08456 043043, ext 66244.

Bin changes

THOUSANDS of households in Castle Morpeth will see their blue bin collection day change later this month as part of the borough council's plans to boost waste recycling rates.

Collections in Ulgham, Widdrington Station and Stobswood will move from Tuesday to Monday; North Broomhill, Hadston and Widdrington Village move from Wednesday to Monday; and Prestwick, Ponteland Village, Stannington and Darras Hall will be collected over two days, Thursday and Friday.

Don't be late

MUSIC fans are being warned not to be late for a concert tonight. Bob Dylan's show at the MetroRadio Arena in Newcastle will start promptly at 7.30 pm, and there will no support artist. The show is expected to end at 9.15pm.

Bingo mayor

BINGO goers will be in for treat this weekend as the North Tyneside mayor pops in to be the guest caller. John Harrison is taking to the stage at Carlton Bingo in Whitley Bay to call the venue's 150,000th `house'.

Barnardo's event

YOUNGSTERS involved with Barnardo's projects in the North-East will come together this week for a red carpet event to celebrate their achievements. The event tomorrow at the Centre for Life in Newcastle will mark the achievements of more than 90 people.

Author's visit

AUTHOR Freda Lightfoot will be visiting libraries in Tynedale to talk about her novels. She will be speaking at Haltwhistle Library at 2.30pm on April 17 and at Prudhoe Library at 2.30pm on April 28. Tickets for both events cost £1.50 and can be obtained from Haltwhistle Library on (01434) 320462 or Prudhoe Library on (01661) 832540.

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer