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Big shoot aims high.

Last-minute preparations are under way for one of the country's biggest clay-pigeon shooting events this weekend.

The Whitfield Clay Shoot in Northumberland will see 130 teams competing over Saturday and Sunday.

Last year the event raised more than pounds 28,000 and organisers aim to top that this weekend in aid of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society and the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity.

BNG for court

BRITISH Nuclear Group is being prosecuted following a leak at Sellafield.

The Health and Safety Executive's nuclear installations inspectorate carried out a detailed investigation into a leak of radioactive liquid inside the thermal oxide reprocessing plant in Cumbria.

The HSE heard about the leak on April 20 and has now applied to the courts for summonses ( alleging that the site breached three conditions attached to its licence. An initial hearing will take place on June 8 at Whitehaven Magistrates Court.

Name rolls on

A LOCOMOTIVE nameplate that commemorates rail pioneer Timothy Hackworth has been put on display.

Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon is exhibiting the nameplate honouring the railway engineer who worked at Shildon over 150 years ago alongside George Stephenson. His great, great granddaughter Jane Hackworth Young welcomed its arrival.

Raise a cheer

A BEER festival starts today in in North Shields.

Ale aficionados are being invited to sample 16 beers at the event at Oddfellows pub in the town from 7pm today until Sunday.

Organisers say brews rarely seen in the North-East and brand new beers will be on offer and any beer left over will be on sale at the end of the four-day event.

Sink explodes

A SCHOOLGIRL had a lucky escape after her bedroom sink exploded into thousands of pieces.

The pounds 250, newly-fitted basin at Katherine Watson's home in Ashbrooke, Sunderland, spontaneously shattered on Sunday causing shards of glass to fly across her bedroom. The 18-year-old would normally have been brushing her teeth at the time of the explosion, but luckily she had swapped a lie-in for an early morning trip to the gym.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 4, 2006
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