Mum plea response

A daughter's plea for help in finding her missing 82-year-old mother has received an encouraging response, police said yesterday.

A daughter's plea for help in finding her missing 82-year-old mother has received an encouraging response, police said yesterday.

Beatrice Johnson, 82, was last seen at her home in Gosforth, Newcastle, at 8.30pm on January 29, and on Monday this week her daughter Pauline Handy appealed for information. Detective Inspector Peter Reeve, of the Newcastle Area Command, said yesterday they had received some "good lines of inquiry" following the plea and there had been some possible sightings of Mrs Johnson in the North-East. Anyone with information should ring officers on 0845 604-3043.

Crash victims

TWO people were taken to hospital on Monday night following a four-vehicle crash on the A189 between Cramlington and Blyth.

Caravan blaze

A FIRE in a caravan parked in the drive of a Northumberland home could have been started deliberately.

Fire crews were called to the house in Malvins Road in Blyth just after 9pm on Monday. The possible arson attack has been referred to the police.

A cut in crime

CRIME has fallen by 18% since the start of a new police operation in Newcastle's West End.

There have been extra patrols from the mounted section in Benwell and Elswick as well as, increased foot and car patrols. Leaflets, in several languages, have also been distributed at community centres across the area offering SmartWater, an invisible liquid used to mark property and prevent crime.

Holiday on ice

AN ice rink will be open in Morpeth's Carlisle Park during school half term week from February 19 to 23.

It will be housed in tennis courts and will be officially opened at noon on February 19. It will then be open from 10am until 7pm each day. Tickets, including skates, cost £5an hour for adults, £4 for children, with family tickets £10 for a family of three and £14 for a family of four.

In good books

LIBRARY staff in South Tyneside have been praised for their work.

Members of the borough council's neighbourhood services scrutiny committee offered congratulations after hearing how the Library Service was meeting national standards set by the Government, with a high level of user satisfaction reported.

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