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Jedburgh: a rugby international was fined pounds 300 yesterday for attacking a man who had been dancing with his girlfriend. Nikki Walker, 21, admitted assaulting Craig Wilson in Hawick in the Scottish Borders on February 9 this year. Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard how Walker, who was a member of the Scotland squad at the Rugby World Cup 2003 in Australia, punched Mr Wilson in the face, knocking him to the ground. The victim was left with cuts to his lips and a broken tooth. Sheriff Kevin Drummond also ordered Walker to pay Mr Wilson pounds 100 in compensation and pounds 27.60 for the cost of his dental treatment.

BISHOP AUCKLAND: A woman pushing her four-year-old son in a pushchair bravely fought off a would-be mugger in Coney Avenue on the Woodhouse Close Estate. The teenager attempted to snatch the 37-year-old woman's bag, but she fought back, scratching him on the face with her keys. Anybody with information is urged to contact police on (01388) 603566.

HEXHAM: A young man who apparently had everything to live for may have taken his own life accidently, an inquest heard yesterday. Shaun Armstrong, 33, of Crawcrook, Gateshead, died on July 19 this year after swallowing a lethal dose of anti-depressants. But coroner Eric Armstrong, at an inquest in Hexham yesterday, said he could not be sure Mr Armstrong had meant to commit suicide. The inquest heard Shaun, who had been suffering from depression, had gone back to his home at Chesters Gardens after an argument with his partner Annette Ashcroft. When she returned home later, Shaun threw a pill bottle at her, saying he had taken them all. Verdict: Open.
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Date:Dec 13, 2003
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