Police van in crash

A police officer has been suspended from driving while an investigation looks into an accident last week when a patrol van responding to a 999 call was in a crash an oncoming car in County Durham.

A police officer has been suspended from driving while an investigation looks into an accident last week when a patrol van responding to a 999 call was in a crash an oncoming car in County Durham.

The unnamed officer was driving the Peugeot patrol van from his base in Staindrop along the A688 towards Barnard Castle last Thursday afternoon after reports of a break-in.

Autism help

A NEW scheme to coordinate and develop services for people with autism in the North-East will be launched today.

Based in Hartlepool, the North East Autism Consortium will bring together agencies and services, as well as people with autism, to establish a long term strategy to meet the needs of the 26,000 children and adults living with autism in the region.

Girl robbed

POLICE are hunting robbers who attacked a 17-year-old girl in Rectory Way, Sedgefield, County Durham, on Friday night.

She was thought to have been knocked unconscious and needed hospital treatment. Cash and possessions from her bag were stolen. Witnesses are asked to call 0845 606-0365.

Pilgrims ready

THE annual Pilgrimage between St Peter's Church in Monkwearmouth and St Paul's, Jarrow, is on Saturday, June 30.

This year the 12-mile walk will start at 10am, and follow the Bede's Way to St Paul's, arriving at about 4pm.

To book spaces on the bus back to Monkwearmouth, or for more information, call Lisa Roberts at South Tyneside Council on (0191) 424-7498.

School awards

ABOUT 150 pupils and teachers from more than 50 Northumberland schools will be presented with awards at the Alnwick Garden on Friday as part of efforts by the county council to promote ICT and e-learning.

The Northumberland Digital Learning Awards follow a six-month digital photo-stories project.

Atten ... shun!

ENGLISH Heritage is aiming to raise the profile of the Barracks Complex in Berwick to attract more visitors.

A spokesman said it would be working closely with Berwick Borough Council and representatives from the Regimental Headquarters of the former King's Own Scottish Borderers.

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