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Adam Johnson, 28, arrives with partner Stacey Flounders at Bradford Crown Court

Adam Johnson 'had sexual encounter with 15-year-old girl who idolised him', court told

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

Superbrain winner Peter Twiss with quiz compiler David Chisholm. Also pictured are Robin Taylor-Wilson, Alan Perry and John Deller. Picture: TOM BANKS (55884879)

Superbrain winner gives his prize to charity

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ABUSER: Serial child sex abuser Stanley Simpson, facing possible lengthy, possibly life sentence. Pictured outside Durham Crown Court during 14-day trial which ended today (Friday February 12).

Further 'guilty' verdicts returned by Durham Crown Court jury in trial of serial child sex abuser Stanley Simpson.

A replica of the Leeholme Welfare Hall, near Bishop Auckland, is to be included in the new 1950s town at Beamish Museum

Multi million pound proposals for Beamish Museum submitted to planners

Auctioneer Andy Reed, of Vectis Auctioneers, is selling 1000 toy robots. Picture: TOM BANKS

Robot auction expected to fetch £40,000

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

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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

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

Darlington couple told dog not theirs

Thugs jailed: Lee Colman, Ryan Harrison and Christopher Crossling

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

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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 - message targets hospital smokers

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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

Sport

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

NEW SIGNING: Martin Gray hopes Liam Hardy will fire Darlington to promotion

Hardy keen to play leading role in Darlington's fight for promotion

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

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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

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

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'

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

Adam Johnson 'had sexual encounter with 15-year-old girl who idolised him'

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

Diego Costa broke his nose during training on Thursday

Masked Diego Costa to lead Chelsea's "Zorro team"

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