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Boy accused of indecency.

A 15-year-old youth appeared from custody before magistrates at Berwick Court charged with indecent assault.

The teenager is alleged to have committed the offence, involving an 11-year-old girl, at the Holiday Centre on the seafront at Berwick.

Magistrates released the youth on conditional bail until early in the New Year pending committal proceedings to Newcastle Crown Court.

Gas blast death

A WOMAN of 93 has died a week after a massive explosion tore through her home.

Dorothy Bland suffered severe burns in the gas blast and died on Sunday night. The blast wrecked the house, pictured, in Sackville Road, Heaton, Newcastle.

Award critics

A LAVISH award celebration by the Child Support Agency at Newcastle's Life Science Centre has been criticised for costing thousands of pounds.

The pounds 4,500 event was one of eight across the country that together cost pounds 220,000 at a time when the agency's boss has quit amid revelations of poor organisation.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public & Commercial Services union, said: "It beggars belief."

Rubbish plans

PEOPLE are being consulted over plans for a new tip.

Councillors want to hear the views of residents on the new household waste recovery site proposed for Cramlington.

Jobcentre closes

JOBSEEKERS in Birtley, Gateshead, will be left without a Jobcentre when its lease runs out next week.

Unemployed people in the area will be given the choice of transferring to Jobcentres in either Chester-le-Street or Gateshead.

Hotels renamed

pounds 250,000 is to be invested in the conversion of seven hotels in Newcastle following Whitbread's pounds 505m purchase of Premier Lodge.

Newcastle City Centre Premier Travel Inn, on the Quayside, is one of the first to convert to the new brand.

Aiming high

CHARITY volunteers from across the North-East will meet to climb the world's second largest mountain.

For one day only, the mountain, K2, normally found in the Himalayas, will move to County Durham and take the form of climbing walls.

WaterAid's Challenge 8000 takes place on November 26 at Newton Aycliffe leisure centre.

Climbers will sweat-out the equivalent 8,611m of K2 by climbing the walls 957 times.
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