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SENTENCED: The scales of justice statue outside Teesside crown court where the pair were sent to prison today (May 27)

Paedophile couple behind bars after judge hears how they abused young child

COURT: The scales of justice statue outside Teesside crown court where David Pigg appeared today

Drunken man escapes jail after attacking Good Samaritan at Darlington taxi rank

VETERAN: 98-year-old WWII veteran Henry Cockerill at his Peterlee home. Henry served throughout WWII in the Royal Navy and is a veteran of Dunkirk. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (27189680)

Football saved my life

Police negotiate with man on bridge in Gateshead

Police negotiate with man on bridge in Gateshead

The crown and sceptre are escorted from Buckingham Palace, London, ahead of the State Opening of Parliament. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 27, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Speech. Photo credit should read: Neil Hall/PA Wire (27342300

‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?’

RECOVERED: Charlotte with her horse Hector.

Equestrian teenager rides for the gift of life

TRAFFIC WARDEN: Traffic warden asks paramedics to move ambulance during incident

Traffic warden tells paramedics dealing with violent drunk to move ambulance

UNFAIR: Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham

Changes to strike laws 'is because Government aims to implement further deeper public sector cuts'

Tony Blair to step down as Middle East envoy after eight years in role

Tony Blair to step down as Middle East envoy after eight years in role

"One Nation" Queen's speech promises in/out EU referendum and tax rise ban

"One Nation" Queen's speech promises in/out EU referendum and tax rise ban

GUILTY: Bill Rathbone

Award-winning foster carer convicted of child sex offences

JAIL TIME: Billy John Barron

Judge warns it's prison for those who engage police in pursuits

CAT TATT: Newcastle fan Shaun Connelly has had a Sunderland tattoo on his left buttock to raise money for three year told Charlie Thornton, a young boy with a rare genetic disorder. Picture: TOM BANKS (27312911)

Cheeky tattoo helps raise funds for little Charlie

UNDER THE HAMMER: Auction where pristine Action Man toys that were stored in the garage and loft of former Palitoy salesman Doug Carpenter are being sold. The sale is took place at Vectis Auctions at Thornaby, Teesside. Photo Tom Wilkinson.

More than £150,000 raised at Teesside Action Man and Star Wars auction

FARMWATCH: Detective Chief Inspector Neil Edgar, of Durham Police, who took part in a Farmwatch operation

Rural criminals targeted as Teesdale farmer tells of life blighted by crooks

POLLUTION: A dead trout in Aldbrough Beck, near Aldbrough St John, Richmond.

Hundreds of dead fish prompt pollution inquiry

COURT DATE: Former Darlington manager Dave Penney has been charged with assaulting a police officer

Former Darlington manager in court charged with assaulting police officer

MURDER INVESTIGATION: Tipu Sultan was shot dead at the rear of the Herbs n Spice Kitchen takeaway in Lake Avenue, South Shields, on the evening of Tuesday, April 7

Detectives following new leads into murder of Tipu Sultan following Crimewatch programme

VISION: (l-r) John and Stacey Sutherland with baby Zak meet Joanne Howell manager of the Vision Express store in Chester-le-Street

Company's vision to help young Zak

BOOST: Jonathan Ruffer (left), chairman of Auckland Castle Trust, pictured with Chris Mullin, chairman of Heritage Lottery Fund North-East, which has just awarded a £9m grant to help transform the castle in Bishop Auckland

Auckland Castle renovation project wins £9m grant

DURHAM RACE: Action from the The Pearl Izumi Tour Series around the street of Durham City. Picture: TOM BANKS

Thrills and spills guaranteed as cycle race returns to Durham

IMMIGRATION: Julie Botha with her husband Daniel.

Man who worked in UK for 15 years exiled from wife and children after immigration rule change

Breaking: Advocatt turns down Sunderland

Breaking: Advocaat turns down Sunderland

RESCUE: Ellerton Park near Scorton where a diver was rescued from the lake. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Sub aqua diver in 'critical' condition after fellow divers rescued him from lake

RAT: Gateshead Council is urging residents to get professional advice on dealing with vermin

Cat dies after eating 'illegal' rat poison

ATTENDANCE: Teenagers in their final year of secondary school with a 100 per cent attendance record are being tracked down by Durham County Council to enjoy a special celebration event.

Council's search for the county's most dedicated pupils

DONATION: Durham police have been raising money to get a defibrillator for a 10-year-old Grace Merrington, from Willington, who had a heart attack aged 9. She is pictured with PC David Cable and Sgt. Jonathan Morgan.Picture:TOM BANKS

Ten-year-old Grace presented with a defibrillator and a £1,000 cheque

TRIBUTES: Michael Jopson, 25, and his son Tony Jopson, 18 months, from Penrith, who died at the scene of a crash on Monday

Tributes to father and young son killed in A66 crash

HOME NEEDED: Ringo the 7 months old Lurcher at the Dogs Trust Dogmobile in Darlington. Picture: STUART BOULTON

Dogs Trust Dogmobile rolls into Darlington

DECISIONS: The planning committee meets at Darlington Town Hall

Residents' frustration as changes to Hurworth development are lodged

Liz Mayes, North East Region Director at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Pledge to create millions of jobs and apprenticeships

BAN: Legal highs to be banned

Authorities welcome ban on legal highs while drugs campaigners call for regulation over prohibition

HELP: A pilot project aims to support parents and carers whose children have mental health difficulties

Support group for parents of youngsters with mental health problems

BOOK: Visit County Durham

New guide book explores Durham

LORDS: An EU referendum, tax cuts and a boost for 'working people' were among the measures unveiled in the first Conservative-only Queen's Speech in nearly two decades.

"High quality childcare can't be done on the cheap" - Queen's Speech reaction

CIGS:This light fitting contained a hidden cache of illegal tobacco

Crack down on illegal tobacco

FAMILY TIES: Janet Morgan, Kimberley Morgan, Michelle Morgan-Black and Lexie Morgan Duffy at St Cuthbert's Hospice

Four generations join hospice fundraiser

Rob Merrick: the Tories take aim at traditional Labour voters

Probe into Cleveland Police custody suites reveal better treatment of child and mental health prisoners needed

Stockton landlord fined for failing to obtain proper licence

SOLUTIONS: MP Alex Cunningham who wants the public to have their say at consultation events being organised by the Care Quality Commission

MP's appeal over healthcare consultation events

DOUBT: Professor Peter Tymms from Durham University is sceptical about Government plans to tackle coasting schools

'No evidence' that academies are better

North-East: the squeezed middle?

HOUSING: The Government wants to extend the Right to Buy. Picture: DAVID WOOD

Concerns over extended Right to Buy

DINO: The T-rex watches over the course.

T-rex to the fore

HUNTING: The issue "has not gone away."

Hunting issue "has not gone away"

NEW MAYOR: Councillor Jan Blakey at her mayor making ceremony in Durham Town Hall. Picture: TOM BANKS

Jan named Durham's 413th mayor

SHINE-ON: Durham cricketers (left to right) Graham Onions, Jamie Harrison and Ryan Buckley admire the club's new floodlights.

Let there be light!

FIRE: Damage to Burnside Primary School in South Stanley caused by fire, in February. Picture: TOM BANKS.

Trial date switch for arson spree accused

POLICE: Officers were called in to search for a 17-year-old boy in a distressed state.

Police search for teenager in distressed state

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