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Father Michael Higginbottom will appear in court next month to face allegations he assaulted the boys while working at St Joseph’s College, in Upholland, near Wigan, in the late 1970s.

Suspended Darlington priest faces historic sex abuse charges

June Ryder, from Newton Aycliffe, in 2014 when she launched a fight to the ward that "saved her life" open. Picture: ANDY LAMB

Tributes paid to campaigning grandmother who was given two days to live in 2010

Darlington Town Hall. Picture by Stuart Boulton

Freeze councillor's allowances and move the town hall, not the library - message from anti-cuts campaigners in Darlington

A blast furnace worker during casting operations at Redcar iron and steelmaker SSI UK in Redcar.

Angry reaction to questions over use of steel appeal fund

Mr Darcy was implanted with a chip which said he belonged to a different family

Darlington couple told dog not theirs

An artist’s impression of the Feethams, Darlington

Make Darlington's Nando's halal: Campaigners launch petition

Thugs jailed: Lee Colman, Ryan Harrison and Christopher Crossling

Three thugs jailed over terrifying robbery of couple camping in Middlesbrough park

FUNDING: Martin Catt and Callum Tarren at Rockliffe Hall

Trust fund for young golfers set up in memory of murder victim hands out its first grant

Portrait of a Boy by Ferdinand Bol.

Government acts to try to save £5m painting for the nation

Andrea Edward takes a last drag in the smoking shelter at Darlington Memorial Hospital, before it was removed in March 2007. Picture: ANDY LAMB

Big Doctor is watching you - tannoy message targets hospital smokers

Adam Johnson on trial facing charges of sexual activity with a child

Adam Johnson trial hears alleged victim was teenage Sunderland fan

BRAVE: Paul and Claire Remmer

Man raped as a child by family friend breaks silence to help others

Man in critical condition airlifted to hospital

Man suffers severe head injuries after Middlesbrough collision involving car and motorbike

Durham Crown Court

Neighbour hatched terrifying plan to kill widow after he blamed her for catching fleas

Headteacher of Staindrop an Academy, Andrew Flint, has been absent from the school but parents say they have been left in the dark as to why.

Mystery surrounds absence of Staindrop School's headteacher

PROTEST: Unison protest in reaction to budget cuts outside the Dolphin Centre pictured Saahib Singh 8 picture: SARAH CALDECOTT.

Political opponents vow to unite to 'save our market town'



Sidelined: Sunderland's Duncan Watmore lies injured during last week's match at Anfield and he could be looking at couple of months out

'We've got the forwards to cope in relegation fight' claims Sunderland boss despite Johnson's sacking

Swansea City's Andre Ayew (right) battles for the ball with Newcastle United's Rolando Aarons. Picture: PA

Steve McClaren convinced Newcastle squad is made of strong stuff

Darlington Mowden Park duo Rob Conquest and Pete Homan have both been named in the England Counties squad

Mowden's fine form helps duo win international recognition

EXIT: David Dowson left Darlington this week to join Spennymoor Town

DARLO DIARY: A midweek win, Gaskell's goal, a striker leaves and another one arrives - another busy week for Darlington

NEW SIGNING: Liam Hardy has joined Darlington from Buxton

Darlington sign the division's top scorer from Buxton

Leicester City are now 2-1 favourites to lift the Premier League title following their win over Manchester City

Scott Wilson Column: Leicester make the most of a levelling of the Premier League landscape

Craig Hignett and Aitor Karanka. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

Boro boss Karanka backing Hignett to succeed

Craig Hignett is unveiled as the new Hartlepool United manager at a press conference on Thursday 12th February 2016 at Victoria Park, Hartlepool (Photo: Mark Fletcher | Shutter Press) (55764017)

Patience pays off as Hignett is appointed Pools boss

NEW BOY: Jordan Rhodes scored his first Middlesbrough goal in his second game for the club on Tuesday against MK Dons. Picture: TIM GOODE/PA

Karanka could yet add more players to Boro's squad

FANCY FOOTWORK: Darlington striker Lee Gaskell looks for an opening during Darlington’s 3-0 win over Matlock Town on Tuesday. Picture: STUART BOULTON

Darlington striker Gaskell ranks wonder goal in top five

Top job: Hignett

Hignett thanks Hartlepool chairman for his big chance

Grant Leadbitter insists there is still plenty to be positive about despite Middlesbrough's failure to win at MK Dons on Tuesday night

Grant Leadbitter admits Middlesbrough are facing their 'biggest test of the season'

Lamine Kone (left) celebrates with Jermain Defoe during Sunderland's dramatic draw at Liverpool

Sunderland new boy Lamine Kone only too happy to embrace the challenge of fighting against the drop

Gary Anderson won his second PDC World Darts Championship title at Alexandra Palace last month

Why darts star Gary Anderson was almost a North-East world champion

National Sport

Captain Rory Best insists Ireland will not be caught out at the scrum against France

Rory Best stresses the need for Ireland to be switched on from the start

Adam Johnson went on trial at Bradford Crown Court on Friday

Former Sunderland winger Adam Johnson 'abused revered position with girl fan'

Bryan Oviedo has signed a new contract at Goodison Park

Bryan Oviedo rewarded with new Everton contract

Vincent Kompany has been sorely missed throughout his prolonged periods on the sidelines

Vincent Kompany declared fit for Manchester City's crunch game against Tottenham

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