A BLACK handbag was stolen from a black Vauxhall Astra that was parked outside a property on Standield Road, Newton Aycliffe. The theft occurred between 3pm and 5pm on Monday, January 20. The bag was located a short distance away and a small amount of cash was missing. Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number DHM-20012014-0316, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.

POLICE APPEAL: Sometime between 8 am and 9am on Saturday, January 18, a Red Carrera mountain bike was stolen from the back garden of a property at Fenhall Green, Newton Aycliffe. The bike had black rims and spokes and a Union Jack sticker near the handle bars. Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number DHM-19012014-0412, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.

FOOD COURSE: A free food safety and hygiene course is taking place at Trimdon Village Hall from 9.15am to 2pm on Thursday, February 13. Places are limited. To book, call 01429-881948.

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SPIRITUAL NIGHT: Trimdon Grange Community Centre is hosting an evening of spiritual clairvoyance led by medium Lynda Bland from 7pm to 8.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday, January 29). Entry is £4 on the door and refreshments and a raffle will be available. All proceeds will be donated to the community centre.