A THIEF stole a large quantity of cash and a Nokia mobile phone after entering a property in Maple Terrace, Stanley, at about 7.30pm on Saturday.

The thief entered the house and searched downstairs, while a babysitter was upstairs. Anyone with information is asked to contact Stanley police, on (01207) 232144.

BOILER STOLEN: Burglars have made off with a combi-boiler after breaking into an empty house. They targeted a property in John Street, No Place, near Stanley, between 5pm and 10pm on Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to contact Stanley police, on (01207) 232144.

COUNSELLORS WANTED: Durham Young People's Centre, which offers confidential advice, support and counselling to people aged from 13 to 25, is looking for experienced volunteer counsellors. Volunteers should hold a counselling diploma or be nearing the end of their second year of study. Anyone who is able to help is asked to call 0191-383 1414.

PANTO AUDITIONS: Young performers are invited to audition today for parts in a musical version of Cinderella being staged at Durham's Gala Theatre. Registration is at 10am, and auditions start at 10.30am. For more details, contact Lisa Thorner, on 0191-332 4054.

LUNCHTIME MUSIC: Northern Sinfonia continues its lunchtime concerts with a performance by Stephen Reay, on bassoon, and Marios Argiros, on oboe, in Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle, on Thursday, March 20, at 1.10pm. For tickets, call 0191-443 4555.

GLASS CUT: Burglars cut a chunk out of a shop window in a failed attempt to break in. They used a glass cutter to remove a piece from a window at a newsagents in Stanley Bus Station, overnight on Friday. Anyone with information is asked to contact Stanley police, on (01207) 232144.

BRASS CONCERT: Newcastle Male Chorus, directed by Doris Williams, and the Ever Ready Brass Band, directed by Stephen Malcolm, will perform in the Lamplight Arts Centre, Stanley, on Sunday, April 13, at 7.15pm. Tickets, costing £5, are available on (01207) 218899.

FAIR SUCCESS: Record-breaking numbers of people keen to find work, start a new career or set up in business visited Gateshead Council's employment fair. More than 1,600 job-seekers attended the fair, the highest figure in the event's seven-year history.

SOCIAL NIGHT: The Friends of Durham Mining Museum are holding a social night tomorrow at The Wayfarer pub in Front Street East, Haswell, at 8pm. The pub will hold a general knowledge quiz at 9.30pm. For details, call 0191-517 1274.