No cause for any alarm

Early on Tuesday morning I was driving to Alnmouth station. A stranger from outside the region, I was a bit lost and worried about missing the train.

Seeing a jogger I pulled in to ask for directions. The lady jogger ran away, doubtless thinking I was a potential attacker on this empty road in the dark early hours.

I do regret my thoughtlessness and hope the lady jogger sees this, and is reassured that the yellow car that pulled in contained only a lost and nervous middle- aged woman desperately seeking the station.

Helen Stokes