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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

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

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 - tannoy 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

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

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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

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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'

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Muslim lesson at County Durham primary school sparks anti-Islam protest

Muslim lesson at County Durham primary school sparks anti-Islam protest

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County Durham Community Foundation fund manager James Eaglesham talks with a guest at the funding surgery

Funding surgery a great success

Week of advice sessions to be held for County Durham residents

Adam Anderson, new head chef at Acklam Hall in Middlesbrough

Head chef appointed at Acklam Hall

Former RAF member Stuart Robinson, who lost his legs after being injured in Afghanistan, but went on to become a national wheelchair rugby champion, visits Witton-le-Wear Primary School. Picture: TOM BANKS

International wheelchair rugby player Stuart Robinson inspires pupils at Witton-le-Wear Primary School

Darlington author Liz Million

North-East children's author and illustrator running free sessions for little ones this half term

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service chief fire officer Stuart Errington and Councillor Michele Hodgson, chair of the fire authority, sign the dementia charter, with Andrew Ball, the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Action Alliance project m

Fire brigade's dementia pledge

Billingham asbestosis patient appeals for information

A peaceful demonstration is taking place at Harrogate's Cenotaph to call for an end to violence against women

Peaceful demonstration to call for an end to violence against women

Metro line closed this weekend

FUNDRAISER: Sam White, Harrogate Homeless Project hostel worker, David Atkinson, co-founder of The Yorkshire Meatball Co., and Liz Hancock, chief executive of Harrogate Homeless Project

Harrogate restaurant supports local homeless

Racing at Sedgefield. Picture: TOM BANKS

Sedgefield Racecourse gears up for month of events

Young adults from Hartlepool offered chance to broaden their horizons

Chance to broaden their horizons

York is set for a three per cent council tax rise.

City tax to rise by three per cent

FOOD: Come Dine With Me

Couples in York and Harrogate sought for Come Dine With Me

Walkers asked to contribute to new digital walking guide

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes visit Hawthorn Primary School with Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale. Picture: TOM BANKS

Council services in 12-month reprieve

HOMES: 87 more homes proposed for Malton development

Extra 87 more homes proposed for Ryedale development

Counterfeit trainers seized after raids in Bishop Auckland and Newton Aycliffe (55858995)

Suspected fake goods seized following raids on houses in Bishop Auckland and Newton Aycliffe

Engineering apprentice Connor Duncan, who has won a national award

Engineering apprentice wins national award

Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman calls meeting about Richardson Hospital in Barnard Castle

Darlington Mowden Park players joined forces with brain injury charity Headway to ride specially-adapted bikes

Darlington rugby players show team spirit for brain injury victims

Environment Agency clearing debris from the River Tees near Yarm.

Debris cleared from River Tees

Mother Babs Wilson and daughter Chrissie on the new temporary footbridge across the River Wharfe in Tadcaster.

Celebrating - a town re-united

A motorcyclist suffered serious head injuries in Middlesbrough crash

Motorcyclist left with serious head injuries following crash

MASTER: Rev Jane Nattrass and Sarah-Jane Trueman

Thirsk butcher is made first female Master of York Gild of Butchers

Girl, 11, hit by car, near Consett

Richard Darlington with some of the animals at Hall Hill Farm  (55868148)

Award success for Hall Hill Farm

Emergency services were called to Blacks Barbers Low Westwood at around 9.40am  (55834111)

Road reopen after fire damages barber shop and houses

Accidental death verdict at inquest of councillor

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird

Sex abuse claims row: North police bosses slam Met Chief

Outdoor adventure specialists TeamWalking are dedicating a new tree in the Yorkshire Dales for every business they take out into the national park

Native tree to spring up in the Yorkshire Dales for every business that ventures into the national park

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