A GANG of youths surrounded a delivery van and attempted to snatch a parcel off the driver and a colleague on Tuesday.

The workers were sorting through parcels while in Abingdon Road, Middlesbrough, when the gang of six surrounded the vehicle. One of the youths grabbed a parcel, but it was snatched back and the gang fled. Anyone who witnessed the incident, which took place at about 2pm, is asked to call (01642) 303126.

STEPPING BACK: Local historians Roger Darnton and Cath and Tony Lynn are to lead a series of two-hour walks in Guisborough, starting next month. Tickets are available from Guisborough Tourist Information Centre.

CAR COUNT: A survey has showed that 72 per cent of cars travelling into Middlesbrough along Marton Road in the rush hour only has one occupant. The research has been carried out by the Teesside Green Party after Tees Valley local authorities launched a car share campaign.

PARIS CYCLE: Hartlepool and District Hospice is looking for people to raise money for the hospice on a sponsored cycle from London to Paris. The ride takes place from June 19 to 23 and anyone wanting to take part is asked to call Kevin Kidd on (01429) 288252.

TRAVEL SLIDES: Redcar Lecture Society will hear a talk on a journey from the Pacific to the High Sierra, from Brian Lake, at the United Reformed Church Hall, in Station Road, Redcar, on Tuesday, at 7.30pm.

BALLOT HOTLINE: Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has set up a freephone hotline in preparation for the May elections. Staff will answer queries on voting by post and the number to call is 0800 587 8072.

CENTRE FUNDS: Saltburn Community and Arts Association will hold a fair at the community centre hall, Saltburn, tomorrow. Proceeds will go to the Saltburn Community and Arts Centre.

STORE CHANGE: Stockton Borough Council will today discuss plans to convert a DIY store in Oxbridge Lane, Stockton, into a takeaway. The plans are recommended for approval.