Skateboards cause row

Councillors will consider next week whether to ban skateboarding in Thornton Street, Newcastle.

Councillors will consider next week whether to ban skateboarding in Thornton Street, Newcastle.

A byelaw may be introduced after people living there complained about noise in a new paved public square. If the ban is brought in, offenders could be fined up to £500.

Family escape

A FAMILY fled their home yesterday (MON) after a fire broke out in a bedroom.

The fire began at Moorlands in Blackhill, Consett, at 1.35pm. Nobody was hurt but the house was severely smoke-logged.

Children's views

WORK by children from the North is going on display at an art gallery.

Image and Identity is an exhibition produced by artists aged seven to 16 that will be on show at the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead from February 4 to March 19. A selection of the work will go on to London's Victoria and Albert Museum later in the year.


THE Northumbria branch of St John Ambulance has added a four-wheel drive ambulance to its fleet. Funding has come from Wansbeck District Council in Northumberland.

Russian visit

TEACHERS from County Durham are to pass on their expertise in Russian classrooms.

The teachers will visit Kostroma, which is twinned with County Durham, to spend a week at the city's teacher-training institute and a week at the state university. They will also visit local schools.

Carlisle beat

CUMBRIA Police will today (TUES) unveil plans for a new police station at Durranhill, Carlisle, to replace one damaged in last year's floods.

Shape NHS

HEALTH chiefs in the region are encouraging people in Hartlepool to comment on proposals to change the structure of the local NHS.

A meeting is being held at the town's Grand Hotel on March 1 as part of a consultation on proposals to change the management and administrative structures of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities in County Durham, Tees Valley, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.


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