Police are appealing for witnesses after a knife-point attempted robbery in Hetton.
A man attempted to rob a 28-year-old woman at 7pm on November 10. It happened on Fairy Street. The offender approached the woman, grabbed her hair, and threatened her with a knife. He attempted to grab her handbag as she struggled with him. He made off empty handed. The woman suffered a small cut on her hand.
Extra patrols are being carried out in the area.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.
If you have ever driven though Hetton in County Durham you may not even have noticed a small dilapidated building on the main road.
However, it has huge historic importance and links the community with its distant past.
The Hetton Smithy is now being restored, as Derek Proud reports.