POLICE are appealing for information after a bronze-coloured Skoda Octavia estate car was stolen from Town Farm Close, in Bishopton, near Darlington, at about 7.30am on Tuesday (March 11).

The car’s registration is NV63 BZY.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference number DHM-11032014-0042.

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SPRING FAIR: Middleton St George and District Allotments and Gardens Association is holding a spring fair to raise funds for Northumbria in Bloom. It will be held at Middleton St George Commuity Centre, from 11am to 4pm, on Saturday, March 22. Stalls will include hand-crafted jewellery, bric-a-brac, toys, hand made cards and crafts. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free.

HURWORTH PACT: The most recent Police and Community Together meeting in Hurworth was received by ten members of the public. The meeting heard that there had been seven crimes in the area during February, including four burglaries, mostly shed break-ins, and three thefts.

CLUB MEETS: At their meeting on Monday (March 10), members of Darlington Soroptimists marked World Water Day, which is later this month, by raising money to fund a toilet twinning project. Members took part in a blind water- tasting, water-related quizzes and a duck egg raffle to raise the £60 needed to help some of those who lack decent sanitation. The money will be used to address the urgent need for sanitation – and help communities understand the link between poor personal hygiene and the prevalence of diarrhoea.

COMEDY FESTIVAL: Preparations are under way for this year’s Darlington Comedy Festival, which runs from July 1 to 27. A charity gala night, to raise funds for causes including St Teresa’s Hospice, will be held at Darlington Civic Theatre, on July 8. Ten venues around the town have so far agreed to host comedy events as part of the festival, with more details to be announced in due course.