Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were scrambled when a leisure cruiser broke down on the River Tyne at 1.15pm yesterday.
Coventina was carrying 40 passengers and two crew when it came to a halt and radioed for a work boat to tow it back to its berth. After being anchored for around an hour it returned safely by 3.30pm. The life boat was called to monitor the situation.
POLICE have warned drivers about leaving valuables on open display in their vehicles after a satellite navigation system and an iPod were stolen from cars in Washington.
The owners of the vehicles, in Biddick and Fatfield, woke yesterday morning to find windows smashed and the expensive items missing.
A FUNDRAISING Ball in aid of the charity WaterAid has raised more than £20,000.
The event at the Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel last Friday will help to save more than 1,300 lives in Africa and Asia, the charity has announced.
SOUTH Tyneside's Community Wardens will be under the spotlight on Tuesday when councillors meet to discuss how the service can be improved.
Members of the Neighbourhood Services Scrutiny Committee will be making recommendations based on the findings of a commission to look in depth at the service.
FAMILIES are being invited to dress up in official church robes for a Sunday Best event.
Canon David Kennedy, from Durham Cathedral, will be at Clayport Library in Durham at 2pm on Saturday to explain the meaning of clerical robes and vestments.
The free event will give youngsters the opportunity to dress up in some of the robes.
Places can be booked by calling (0191) 386-4003.
MORE than two thirds of workers in the region do not feel valued by their employers, according to a survey.
Commissioned by internal communications advisers Ptermigan, the survey reveals that almost 60% of Newcastle's workforce does not receive regular information from their employer. Of those lucky enough to be kept informed, more than 35% say it contains too much corporate speak and business jargon.