The Eric Clapton tribute show Classic Clapton – led by Durham-born singer/guitarist Mike Hall –will play Whitley Bay Playhouse on Thursday ( October 3) at 8pm. Tickets cost £15 (concessions £12.50) from the box office on 0844 248 1588 or on-line at

Man hurt: A man in his 50s was assaulted in Washington late on Saturday night/early Sunday morning in Dorridge, Donwell, Washington, as he returned home from a night out. He was struck over the head from behind, suffering an injury that required staples.

Head injury: A 52-year-old man suffered a serious head injury when he hit the pavement after being hit in the face during an argument with two men in the Bigg Market , Newcastle, at 2am on Saturday, (September 28). He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary where he is still receiving treatment. His condition is described as stable and is not believed to be life threatening.