Indecent image case

A northumberland man who has admitted having indecent images of children on his home computer had his case further adjourned by magistrates yesterday.

A northumberland man who has admitted having indecent images of children on his home computer had his case further adjourned by magistrates yesterday.

Michael Barton, 55, of Sylvan Close, Morpeth, has previously pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children.

Magistrates in Bedlington have been told that police who raided his home found more than 6,000 images on a hard drive and two compact discs. Yesterday the proceedings were adjourned until April 5 to allow the Probation Service to compile a more detailed report.

Tom's funeral

THE funeral of North-East playwright Tom Hadaway will take place on Friday at Christchurch, Preston Road, North Shields.

All are welcome to the 1pm service and a gathering at the Magnesia Bank pub in North Shields from 3pm.

Tom, who lived with wife Barbara in Whitley Bay, died in hospital last Thursday, aged 81, after suffering a stroke.

Generous city

FAMILIES in a North city are leading the way in raising money for Comic Relief by buying almost 12,000 red noses in the last four weeks.

Figures released by Sainsbury's yesterday showed that Durham is the fourth most charitable city in the country, behind Sheffield, Leeds and Glasgow.

Train training

TRAIN managers are set to benefit from training and development opportunities with the launch of GNER's university of learning.

The scheme offers managers the chance to gain recognised management qualifications.

My generation

TWO Second World War veterans and a group of school children have joined forces on a project aimed at promoting better understanding and greater tolerance between generations in Hartlepool.

Percy Fielding, 84 and Donald Colledge, 79, met Government Housing Minister Keith Hill to show him early scenes from a video designed to show how the town's communities are coming together. Mr Hill said: "What I have seen in Hartlepool goes to the very heart of the Government's drive to create sustainable communities."

Anger over ads

COUNCILLORS in Gateshead have called for greater powers to deal with parked vehicles used as unlicensed advertising boards.

They say the problem is particularly bad at prominent locations on the Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead.

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