Seeing red about flare

A police investigation has been launched following a search operation after a red distress flare was spotted near the mouth of the River Tweed at Berwick.

A police investigation has been launched following a search operation after a red distress flare was spotted near the mouth of the River Tweed at Berwick. Members of the public alerted coastguards and Berwick Lifeboat was launched to search the coastline while the inshore rescue boat combed the river estuary.

Local coastguards were later told that youths had been seen setting off the flare from the Royal Tweed Bridge sparking an operation costing around £8,000.

Obesity fight

PARENTS in County Durham with concerns about the weight and health of children aged seven to 13 are invited to take up free places on a new fitness and wellbeing programme. MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition ... Do it) will launch the nine-week course at the start of July in Chester-le-Street moving to Durham in September.

Held on two evenings a week, the lottery-funded programme involves the whole family and aims to improve eating and exercise habits.

Parents can get more details from Stephen Clough on 0191 3895095, or Delwyn Smiles on 0191 3876356 or visit the website www.mendprogramme.org

Gearing up

SCHOOLS in Northumberland are preparing for National Bike Week with a series of sessions run by a specialist cycling group

All next week the Company of Cyclists, which stages two-wheeled workshops using videos, songs and quizzes, will be at Kramel First School in Cramlington running sessions for youngsters from local schools .

Pupils can also try a selection of weird and wonderful bikes on display at the Northern Rock Cyclone event.

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