Waiting for sentence

A MAN charged with interfering with a car has had his case adjourned.

Paul Simon Bennett, 18, faced Hartlepool magistrates Court charged with interfering with a motor vehicle on October 15.

He is also accused of damaging or destroying property on October 1.

Bennett, of St Abbs Walk, off Burbank Street, will next appear before magistrates on Monday, November 28 .

He was granted unconditional bail until then.

THREE men accused of attacking another man in the street will have to wait to learn their fate.

Hartlepool trio Kevin Durham, 20, Allan Hall, 22, and Simon Whitehead, 23, were due to be sentenced at Teesside Crown Court after pleading guilty to affray on July 26.

Judge David Bryant adjourned the case until Friday.

Hall, of Helmsley Street, and Durham and Whitehead, both of Colenso Street, were released on conditional bail.

PET owners are littering grassland with bags of dog mess.

Angry mother-of-four Lorraine Vincent, from Hartlepool, hit out at pet owners who insist on leaving the bags on a grassed area in Clavering - even though the dog fouling bin has been vandalised.

But council chiefs say they are aware of the problem and a replacement bin is set to be erected.

Mrs Vincent, of Dodsworth Walk, says the dog bin opposite her home is frequently vandalised and as a result the bags fall out into the field.

But she is infuriated because when dog walkers see the bin is broken, they still leave the bags around it.

Mrs Vincent, an inclusion mentor for Middlesbrough Council, called on pet owners to take the bags home if the bin is broken because children play on the grass.

She said: “The older children regularly break it and on Bonfire Night they did it again.

“The door is open and there is at least 10 bags scattered across the grass, and people are still using it.

“When the bins are broken, why can’t they take it home? The kids use sticks and take the bags out. It’s disgusting.”

“I have got dogs, I have got bags in every pocket that I have. If I was walking my dogs and went to put a bag in the bin and saw that it was broken, I would take it home.”

A council spokesman said: “We are aware of the problem. We have had to re-order a replacement bin and that has now arrived and will be put in place.”

BUDDING stars are set to take a trip down the yellow brick road.

But this special performance of the Wizard of Oz by students in Hartlepool will have one distinct difference - it’s the Motown version.

Pupils from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form are gearing up for their annual theatrical production which will be a show called The Wiz.

Andrea Boynton, director of music at the school, promised a fun-filled show.

She said: “There are around 75 students involved from Year Seven right the way through to Year 13, which is the Sixth Form.

“It is an adaptation from the original Wizard of Oz. The music has a Motown feel, and there will be lots of dancing and singing.”

She added: “It will be a fun and action packed show.”

Tickets are 4 for adults and 3 with concessions for the show, starting at 7pm tonight, tomorrow and Friday. Organisers say the tickets are quickly selling out. They can bought by contacting the school, in Catcote Road, on (01429) 273790.

or from the reception desk.