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Hammer attack.

A woman on Teesside has been viciously attacked by two men in her own home.

The 54-year-old woman, of Grangetown, Middlesbrough, was hit on the head with a hammer twice after answering her door to two men on Monday.

The men demanded money and threatened the woman before escaping in a Ford Escort when they were disturbed by a neighbour knocking on the door.

Anyone with information should ring DC Dave Brown on (01642) 304326.

School praised

A SOUTH Tyneside school has been praised for having good teachers and rapidly improving standards.

The Ofsted inspection of Toner Avenue Primary School, in South Tyneside, also praised pupils' behaviour and said the school provides "good quality of education, including good teaching and learning."

Crash victim

AN elderly woman who died after being involved in a car crash has been named.

Jean McDonald Dixon, 90, of Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, was a passenger in a Nissan Micra that spun out of control on the A696 on September 1.

Mrs Dixon died a week later in Newcastle General Hospital.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police on (01768) 217009.

Health award

HEALTH workers in Tyne and Wear and Durham are battling it out to win a prestigious 2004 Health Service Journal award.

The Tyne and Wear Health Action Zone and the University Hospital of North Durham have both been shortlisted as finalists for their successful contributions to the National Health Service

The winner will be announced at a ceremony to be held at the Hilton Hotel in London on November 15.

Bins upgraded

RUBBISH bins in Alnwick have been upgraded in a pounds 10,000 improvement scheme.

Alnwick Council has approved funding for 24 bins which are designed to fit in with the area's historic image. Amble, Rothbury, Alnmouth and Warkworth will get the bins, which will be installed around the district by early November.

Family support

FAMILIES in a South Shields are being invited to join an asbestos support group.

Anyone in the town who is caring for someone with mesothelioma can receive advice and informal support from the group, which next meets at Thompsons solicitors in Fowler Street in the town at 10.30am on Tuesday.

For more information call (0191) 426-2173.
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