Three bailed on robbery

Three men have been arrested after a teenager was robbed as he used a cashpoint in Seaham on Sunday afternoon.

Three men have been arrested after a teenager was robbed as he used a cashpoint in Seaham on Sunday afternoon.

Police have bailed the men, a teenager and two men in their 20s, following the attack on the 19-year-old on Stockton Road.

Man assaulted

POLICE are hunting a gang of men who attacked a dog-walker in Thornaby, Cleveland, for no apparent reason on Monday night.

The 35-year-old victim was walking on Queens Avenue at about 9pm when up to five men assaulted him, leaving him needing hospital treatment for injuries to his head, eye and hand.

Driver cut free

FIREFIGHTERS had to cut a 19-year-old driver free from his Vauxhall Corsa after a smash with a Honda CRV yesterday.

Crews were called to Northumberland Way in Washington at 8.25am where they found the wreckage of the vehicles. The driver of the other car had already managed to escape. Both men, and a pedestrian who narrowly avoided being hit by the cars, were taken to South Tyneside District Hospital.

Mining plans

A NEW blueprint for the future of mineral extraction and waste sites in Northumberland has been approved for consultation by county councillors.

The draft Minerals and Waste Development Framework will now be submitted to the Secretary of State and subjected to six weeks of consultations.

Any further objections will be considered in 2008 at independent public examinations held by a planning inspector.

African lessons

NINE Northumberland schools will forge links with schools in sub-Saharan Africa in a project worth £45,000.

The successful schools in the Connecting Classrooms scheme will use £45,000 in funding to set up and maintain links.

The three-year project, funded by the British Council, aims to enhance cultural understandings between schools in Britain and those in African countries.

Heritage hunt

A NEW project has been launched at the Woodhorn Museum and Archives Centre near Ashington to encourage more people to trace their family trees.

The initiative supported by the Inspire public arts project will allow people to trace out their own family tree. For more information contact


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