Knife man's cash raid

A knife-wielding robber escaped on a bicycle after stealing cash from a betting shop.

A knife-wielding robber escaped on a bicycle after stealing cash from a betting shop.

The man, who is in his 20s, of thin build and with a Tyneside accent, stormed into Ladbrokes on Church Walk, Walker, Newcastle at 9pm on Saturday and demanded money. He was wearing a dark hooded jacket, Adidas bottoms and gloves.

Any witnesses should call (0191) 214-6555 ext 6224.

Missing couple

POLICE are baffled by the disappearance of a couple who travelled to a Northumberland caravan park with friends.

Michael Coles, 50, and his partner, 47-year-old Phyllis Davison, had driven a family of five to Haggerston Castle, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, from their home at Shotton Colliery, near Peterlee, County Durham.

The friends, a couple and their three children, had to make their own way home after noticing Mr Coles' red Nissan Micra, reg K 493 PNL was missing. Mr Coles and Ms Davison said they were going for a drink on Friday evening and have not been seen since.

Blooming good

GUEST houses on South Shields' curry mile have been congratulated for doing their bit to help the area's Northumbria in Bloom bid.

But South Tyneside Council is repeating its rallying cry for other town centre businesses to come on board by sponsoring a hanging basket or floral tub.

South Tyneside Council now wants to go all out to win the award. Any business interested in sponsoring a floral display should contact the council's Streetscene section on (0191) 427-2483.

Death crash

A MOTORCYCLIST was killed when he lost control of his bike and crashed.

The 44-year-old Lancashire man, was travelling on the Alton to Middleton-in-Teesdale road in Cumbria at 11.50am on Sunday when he came off near Windy Hall Farm. Witnesses should call (01768) 891999.

Tender touch

COMPUTER games may seem like a male obsession, but a conference at a North university is looking to change all that.

The University of Teesside is hosting a conference to explore the role of women in games. The Women in Games 2006 conference will be held next Monday and Tuesday to examine the role of women in the games industry.

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