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Murder charge.

A man appeared in court yesterday charged with murdering a teenager.

David Robert Barton, 21, of St Anthony's House, Walker, Newcastle, was remanded in custody by magistrates to appear at Newcastle Crown Court.

He is charged with the murder of Christopher Johnston, of St Peter's Court, Byker, Newcastle, who died on Thursday after he was stabbed.

Police have appealed for anyone who was in the Ayton Rise area of Byker at about 8.30pm on April 5 to contact them on 08456 043043.

Boy injured

A TEENAGER remains in a serious condition after being struck by a car.

The 17-year-old was crossing the A1058 Coast Road in North Shields when the accident happened at about 8.25pm on Friday.

Anyone with information should ring Northumbria Police on 08456 043043.

Fire hits house

A HOUSE on Mainsforth Terrace, Hendon, Sunderland, was severely damaged by fire at about 1.58am yesterday, but no-one was hurt.

A Tyne and Wear Fire spokeswoman said: "It was initially thought people were inside, but everyone was accounted for."

Driver hurt

A MAN suffered serious internal injuries after a crash on Teesside.

It happened at about 11.10am on Sunday on the A19 southbound near Hilton overbridge when a Volkswagen Bora collided with a concrete parapet.

The 51-year-old driver from Marsk was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough with broken ribs.

Good point

A SURVEY on public speaking at planning committees in South Tyneside has found two-thirds of people are happy with the time they are given to make points.

Results show 72% of people believe it helped members understand their views, and the same number said they could understand how decisions were reached.

Quiz time

A CABINET member at North Tyneside Council faces a grilling tonight by fellow councillors.

The authority's overview and scrutiny committee will quiz Carole Gambling, cabinet member for support services, on her role and the policies and strategies she will develop in the next year.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 10, 2007
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