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Mast faces opposition.

Plans by Vodafone for a 20m mobile phone mast next to allotments on the edge of Pegswood, Northumberland, are being recommended for refusal by Castle Morpeth councillors.

Parish councillors say it would be intrusive and a target for vandals.

New art work

A WORK of sculpture, part of the regeneration of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in Northumberland, is to be unveiled on Friday.

The glass and ceramic seascape is one of the improvements to the village entrance from Woodhorn. There have also been trees planted, a new footpath laid and a bus shelter built.

The end

BUDDING writers are invited today to complete stories started by some of our best-known authors.

A BBC's End of Story writers' workshop is at the Copthorne Hotel from 7pm with leading author Alison Kennedy, who writes as AL Kennedy.

End of Story has lined up eight famous writers to produce the first half of a story. Members of the public can complete them and send them to www.bbc.co.uk/endofstory until the end of this month.

Stump up!

CRICKET coaching and taster sessions for boys and girls are on in Durham from this weekend. Weather permitting, they will run for at least 10 weeks from Sunday for seven-to-13-year-olds at Durham City Cricket Club. They cost pounds 2.50.

Crime figures

MORE than one in 10 adults in the North-East admits to having shoplifted, new figures show.

But the region's total of almost 13pc is lower than the national average of 17pc, according to research by Securicor Security, which said shops lost an average pounds 3,000 each per year from shoplifting.

BNFL gift

SELLAFIELD nuclear plant in Cumbria has donated almost pounds 10,000-worth of refurbished computers to 25 charities in its local area.
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