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Vandals put lives at risk.

Vandals are endangering lives at Sunderland's Herrington Country Park.

In the last 18 months more than 10 water safety buoys have been stolen from the park's lake ( putting an estimated 100,000 people at risk every year.

The torpedo shaped buoys, which cost pounds 30 each, are used as life-saving aids if anyone falls into the lake, which is used for boating and fishing.

Anyone with information should ring Sunderland City Council on (0191) 553-1136.

Centre praised

A CENTRE bringing council services closer to the public has been described as "fantastic" by an 85-year-old Sunderland pensioner.

Violet Buddle lives just five minutes from the new Peoplefirst Centre on Ryhope Road, Sunderland, and the pensioner was a special guest when it was officially opened by council leader Bob Symonds.

The Grangetown Peoplefirst centre is designed to give families access and information on a wide range of council services on their doorstep ( without having to travel to the city centre.

For more information ring (0191) 553-1136.

Boys rescued

THREE teenage boys were rescued from rocks on the South Tyneside coast by an RAF helicopter on Friday night.

The boys were playing near Marsden Rock when they were cut off by the rising tide.

Worried onlookers raised the alarm when the lads, all aged 15, shouted for help after spending around two hours struggling to get back to shore.

A 999 call brought the Coastguard to the scene, followed shortly afterwards by a helicopter from RAF Boulmer. They were winched to safety by the helicopter.

Alliance claim

HARTLEPOOL'S Labour candidate, Ian Wright, has accused the Lib Dems of forming an alliance with the Conservatives.

In an email to party members Mr Wright said Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy would serve in a Government under Michael Howard.

Jody Dunn is the Lib Dem candidate for the seat vacated by Peter Mandelson, while the Tories have yet to choose their candidate.

Views sought

SUNDERLAND City Council want people to get in touch with them about the future of drinking laws in the city.

New licensing laws come into force next year and the council are eager to hear the opinions of families in Sunderland.

Draft copies of the new laws can be seen at all council libraries. For more information ring (0191) 553-1137.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 23, 2004
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