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Thug jailed for Darlington assault which left victim with bleeding on brain dodged jail months earlier for identical assault

HISTORIC: Polam Hall School in Darlington has changed from being a fee-paying school to a free school. Headteacher John Moreland welcomes new pupils Mia Borley, Tyler Wilson, Matthew King and Mirren Worsdale. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Freedom: Education for all at Polam Hall as it switches from fee-paying to free school

Teesside Combined Court Centre, Middlesbrough

Cocky rogue traders who targeted vulnerable jailed by judge for 'despicable' crimes

Vaughan Dodds leaving Teesside Crown Court on an earlier date

Blair's former bodyguard Vaughan Dodds found guilty of benefit fraud

ARREST: A 31-year-old man has been arrested after reports of threatening behaviour in four pubs in Sunderland today (Wednesday September 2).

Man arrested after reports of threats made with baseball bat and chainsaw in four city pubs

ACCIDENT: Police attended an accident on the A177 near Sedgefield this morning

Concerns about Sedgefield junction grow following four car collision

HISTORIC LANDSCAPE: An artist's impression of a view at Fountains Abbey following completion of the silt removal scheme

National Trust pumps £300,000 into tackling UN World Heritage Site threat

COMEDIAN: Roy 'Chubby' Brown is returning to his hometown for a gig

Chubby Brown returning to hometown for Don't Get Fit! Get Fat! tour - tickets on sale

VIGIL: The Venerable Nick Barker, Priest in charge of Holy Trinity Darlington and Archdeacon of Auckland camps out to deter night-time thieves Picture: KEITH BLUNDY

Grab a pew: Vicar's vigils aim to deter night-time lead thieves at Darlington church

One of the whales seen on Monday by Steve Powis/ Sea Watch Foundation

Rare Beluga whales spotted off North-East coast

Excavation of one of the skulls at the human burial site in Durham

Durham mass grave bodies are Scottish soldiers taken prisoner at one of the 17th Century's most brutal and bloody battles

FIXTURE: Action from Darlington v Blyth Spartans at Heritage Park on Monday. A goal-mounted GoPro camera used for capturing video highlights for the club website was stolen during the second half. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Darlington FC: Stolen GoPro 'goal cam' is returned

BLAZE SCENE: The fire takes hold

Guests and staff flee North Yorkshire pub as blaze hits building

VICTORY: Protesters against plans for houses at land in Sherburn Village

Residents cheer as village housing plan is rejected

POLICE AWARDS: PC Paul Jackson with Chief Inspector Alison Jackson, who is handing him an award from the Society for the Preservation of Life from Fire

Praise for officers who saved the life of 'human fireball'


DONE DEAL: Sunderland signed Tottenham defender DeAndre Yedlin on a season-long loan

Sunderland increase their defensive options with the addition of Yedlin

COLLAPSE: David De Gea's proposed move to Real Madrid fell through on Monday night

Who were the winners and losers of the transfer window?

GOING NOWHERE: Albert Adomah has remained at Middlesbrough despite submitting a transfer request last week

Karanka delighted with de Pena addition - as Adomah remains on Teesside

OARSOME PERFORMANCE: Kat Copeland and Charlotte Taylor won their quarter-final at the World Rowing Championships

North-East rowers remain on course for Rio

BACK IN FORM: During Monday's win over Blyth, Stephen Thompson (left) looked like the player he was a couple of years ago. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

We're finding our feet in this league

Raring to go as the kick-off approaches

Raring to go as the kick-off approaches

Yorkshire vs Somerset (Day Two, Lunch)

Yorkshire vs Somerset (Day Two, Tea)

Durham vs Hampshire (Day Two, Lunch)

Durham vs Hampshire (Day Two, Tea)

INDIA BOUND: Karina Le Fevre

North-East table tennis star heads strong squad for Commonwealths

TYNESIDE BOUND: Jonnie Peacock will compete in the T44 100m at this month's Great North City Games

Paralympic champion confirmed for Great North City Games

WORLD FINAL: Laurence Whiteley

Road To Rio: Whiteley makes para-rowing final at Worlds

MAKING WAVES: Jamie Kirkwood will compete in the quarter-finals of the lightweight single scull at the Rowing World Championships later today (Picture: Richard Spurrier/Intersport Images)

Road To Rio: Kirkwood determined to prove a point at Rowing World Championships

The transfer window closes at 6pm tonight

Transfer deadline day - as it happened

Hartlepool United 1 Sheffield United 1 Sheffield Utd win 4-3 on penalties

Hartlepool United 1 Sheffield United 1 (Blades win 4-3 on penalties)

National Sport

Andy Murray, pictured, beat Australian Nick Kyrgios in the US Open first round on Tuesday

Andy Murray advises Nick Kyrgios to concentrate harder on the big points

West Ham captain Mark Noble has had the red card he received against Liverpool rescinded

Mark Noble free to face Newcastle after red card against Liverpool rescinded

Rory McIlroy has been granted special dispensation by the European Tour to play in the Race to Dubai

Rory McIlroy given European Tour exemption to play in the Race to Dubai

Wayne Rooney's current England tally stands at 48 goals

FA plan Wayne Rooney award when he breaks Bobby Charlton England scoring record

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