Man cleared of killing Pc Keith Blakelock gives first interview since trial verdict

The Northern Echo: RIOT VICTIM: PC Keith Blakelock

10:10pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE man cleared of killing Pc Keith Blakelock in the 1985 Tottenham riots has spoken of the anger and disappointment he would feel as a member of the murdered policeman's family.

Benefits cheat who was filmed playing for his local cricket team set to lose house so he can repay the cash

The Northern Echo:

7:20pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A BENEFITS cheat who pocketed more than £24,000 in disability payments while opening the batting and keeping wicket for his local cricket team is likely to lose his home after being ordered to return a substantial chunk of his ill-gotten gains.

Judge issues warning to 'pain relief'' cannabis smokers

The Northern Echo: Police seized six cannbis plants from an address on Coleman Road, Belvedere

5:25pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN who began growing his own cannabis in order to smoke the drug for pain relief has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder following house fire in Gateshead

The Northern Echo: The house in Redemarsh, Leam Lane, Gateshead

3:21pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a house fire which claimed the life of a man.

Vandals attack North Yorkshire school

The Northern Echo: Violent offender arrested in Catterick after manhunt

3:07pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

POLICE are hunting vandals who caused damage valued at thousands of pounds to a local school.

UPDATED 1PM: Man appears in court accused of chip shop owner's murder

The Northern Echo: Angela Smeaton

1:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN has been charged with the murder of a woman at a house in Hartlepool in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Police target suspected drug dealers in early morning raids on Middlesbrough estate

The Northern Echo: Police arrest a man in Alnwick Court in Middlesbrough during early morning raids targeting suspected drug dealers

11:59am Wednesday 16th April 2014

THREE properties were raided this morning as police targeted suspected drug dealers operating on a Middlesbrough estate.

Knifeman jailed for a year

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where the original fraud trial took place

5:45pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN has been jailed for a year after he was found guilty of affray.

Durham pub closed following mass brawl

The Northern Echo: Rawdon murder probe - police have started an investigation

2:55pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

POLICE had to close a city centre pub after a disturbance erupted into a mass brawl.

Man arrested after police raid uncovers 102 cannabis plants in Shildon house

The Northern Echo: Durham Police Constabulary Headquarters, Aykley Heads, Durham. GV

4:14pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN has been arrested after a police drugs raid uncovered 102 cannabis plants in a County Durham house.

Family of Darlington murder victim say their faith in justice has been restored after killer is jailed for life

The Northern Echo: Daniel Dodsworth

7:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE family of a man bludgeoned to death with a claw hammer said their faith in justice has been restored after his killer was sentenced to life in prison.

Body in lake is that of missing Middlesbrough student

The Northern Echo: Photo of Matthew Jordan taken during his trip to Windermere

5:04pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A BODY pulled out of Lake Windermere today (TUESDAY) is that of missing Middlesbrough man Matthew Jordan, police have confirmed.

Hartlepool murder probe woman named locally as fish and chip shop owner Angela Smeaton

The Northern Echo: Angela Smeaton

10:35am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A WOMAN who died after being found with serious injuries in Hartlepool has been named locally as Angela Smeaton.

Weapons and drugs seized during clampdown on illegal imports

The Northern Echo: Example of a stun gun.

1:33pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

STUN guns, drugs, knuckle dusters and pepper spray canisters were amongst the illegal goods seized after parcels destined for Cleveland were intercepted.

Police in Shildon warn residents after a spate of sneak burglaries in the town

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

1:48pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

SNEAK BURGLARIES: Police are warning residents in Shildon to keep their property secure after four sneak burglaries in the town recently. There was one break-in on Ruby Street and another on St John’s Road plus two more on Coronation Avenue. Anyone who can help with enquiries, or who sees anyone acting suspiciously, should contact Shildon police on 101.

Police appeal over church gate theft

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police logo

4:16pm Monday 14th April 2014

THIEVES stole a church gate from a North-East church.

Jury expected to retire in Darlington murder trial

The Northern Echo: Murder accused, Daniel Dodsworth

5:06pm Monday 14th April 2014

A JURY is expected to retire tomorrow morning (Tuesday, April 14) to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of bludgeoning his friend to death with a claw hammer.

Jury fails to reach a verdict in councillor indecent assault trial

The Northern Echo: Peter McLaughlin

3:56pm Monday 14th April 2014

THE jury in the trial of a councillor on sex charges has been discharged after failing to reach any verdicts.

Prolific youth offender given an "absolute last chance"

The Northern Echo: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court GV

4:27pm Monday 14th April 2014

A YOUTH with almost 30 offences to his name has been told he has one last chance before being sent into detention.

Pupils help launch speed reduction campaign

The Northern Echo:

3:01pm Monday 14th April 2014

SCHOOL pupils have teamed up with the police to launch a campaign aimed at getting motorists to reduce their speed.

Concern over welfare of missing Middlesbrough man Andrew Hughes

1:08pm Sunday 13th April 2014

POLICE are “increasingly concerned” about the welfare of a missing 41-year-old man.

Dealer had £17k in cash and a cosh in his car, court hears

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where the original fraud trial took place

9:20pm Saturday 12th April 2014

A DRUG dealer was found with more than £17,000 cash at his home and a cosh-type weapon in his car, a court heard.

Soldier crashed car into fence as police vehicle followed

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where the original fraud trial took place

6:22pm Friday 11th April 2014

A YOUNG soldier who left his car embedded in a fence after being pursued by police has been spared jail.

Jury to continue deliberations in death crash trucker trial

The Northern Echo: Teesside Combined Court Centre, Magistrates and Crown, Middlesbrough GV

6:17pm Friday 11th April 2014

A JURY has been sent home for the weekend after failing to return a verdict in the trial of a trucker accused of falling asleep at the wheel and crashing into a broken down vehicle, killing a man.

"Dangerous" prisoner repeatedly slashed fellow inmate after trapping him in cell

The Northern Echo: VERY DANGEROUS: Neil Wilson

6:11pm Friday 11th April 2014

A PRISONER who repeatedly slashed a fellow inmate with a razor blade has been given a life sentence with an effective minimum five year jail term.

Jury considers verdicts in trial of former chairman of Stanley Town Council

The Northern Echo: Councillor Peter McLaughlin

5:13pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE jury in the trial of a councillor accused of indecently assaulting a schoolboy will resume its deliberations on Monday after failing to reach any verdicts in more than four hours of discussion.

Murder accused an 'accomplished and cunning liar' court told

The Northern Echo: Murder accused, Daniel Dodsworth

6:13pm Friday 11th April 2014

A MAN described as an accomplished and cunning liar sent Facebook messages to the man he allegedly beat to death with a claw hammer in an attempt to cover his tracks, a court heard.

Crime commissioner appoints new chief of staff

The Northern Echo: Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger

3:19pm Friday 11th April 2014

A NEW chief of staff has been appointed by Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Chester-le-Street man gets suspended sentence for using broken bottle in drunken attack

The Northern Echo: Darryl Williams admitted his crimes at Newcastle Crown Court

3:03pm Friday 11th April 2014

A MAN who used a broken bottle in a drunken attack was today (Friday, April 11) given a suspended jail sentence.

Clampdown on rogue traders and burglars proves a success

The Northern Echo: Scrap metal industry getting tougher regulation

2:10pm Friday 11th April 2014

A WEEK-long clampdown on rogue traders and distraction burglars has resulted in two arrests and a number of vehicles being seized.

Man in court on dangerous dog charges

The Northern Echo: A pitbull

6:39pm Friday 11th April 2014

A COURT heard how inquiries will be made to establish whether a dog belonging to a 33-year-old is a banned pitbull terrier.

Coxhoe delivery driver's £2,000 crime spree on company credit card

The Northern Echo: Ken Flint who was given a suspended jail term for a a £2,000 fraud

8:20pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A DELIVERY driver who used a company credit card to steal more than £2,000 from his employer claimed it was revenge for not being paid.

Emotions run high as murder accused gives evidence

The Northern Echo: Murder accused, Daniel Dodsworth

6:47pm Thursday 10th April 2014

EMOTIONS ran high as a man accused of bludgeoning his friend to death with a claw hammer took to the witness stand for the first time during his trial.

Former greengrocer who sold illegal cigarettes and booze could receive fresh jail sentence if he defaults on repayment order

The Northern Echo: Customs seize 30 million smuggled cigarettes at docks

6:16pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A FORMER greengrocer who turned to illegal cigarettes and alcohol as a more lucrative trade has been order to pay £216,500 within six months or serve a further two and-a-half jail sentence.

Men deny murder of former boxer

The Northern Echo: Murder victim Mark Denton

5:55pm Thursday 10th April 2014

TWO men will face trial after denying the murder of a former boxer.

Death crash trucker was suffering from sleep apnoea, court hears

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where the original fraud trial took place

5:50pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A TRUCKER accused of falling asleep at the wheel and causing a fatal crash was suffering from a serious sleep condition at the time, a court heard.

Inquiry announced into police and councils tapping into phone calls and emails

The Northern Echo: Epsom residents are visiting online porn websites hundreds of thousands of times a year

6:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

THE region's police forces are snooping on phone calls and emails 53 times every day, it has been revealed - triggering an investigation.

Men face crown court date for dangerous driving charge

The Northern Echo: Durham Police Constabulary Headquarters, Aykley Heads, Durham. GV

6:01pm Thursday 10th April 2014

CROWN COURT: Two men are to appear at Durham Crown Court to face charges of dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking. Peter Honeyman, 18, of St Philip’s Close, Bishop Auckland, and George Honeyman, 22, of West End Villas, Coundon, have both pleaded not guilty to both offences. They are crown court on Thursday, April 24.

Murder accused confessed to beating friend to death with a hammer, court hears

The Northern Echo: Murder accused, Daniel Dodsworth

6:40pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A MAN accused of beating his friend to death with a hammer confessed to the killing because he didn’t want someone else to get in trouble for something he had done, a court heard.

Family of Pc Keith Blakelock "sad and disappointed" over acquittal of Nicky Jacobs

The Northern Echo: PC Blakelock's family arrive at the Old Bailey in London at the beginning of the trial - sons Lee (left) Kevin (2nd right) and Mark (right) and widow of Pc Blakelock Elizabeth Johnson

6:19pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE heartbroken family of Pc Keith Blakelock said tonight they were "extremely sad and disappointed" after the man on trial for his murder was found not guilty.

Yarm police station set to close

The Northern Echo: Yarm Police Station

5:52pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A DECISON to close a police station has been announced as a force continues to try and balance its books.

Thieves snatch 90-year-old Darlington woman's purse in map scam

The Northern Echo: Police would like to speak to these two men shown exiting the Morrison's in Darlington, North Road

3:22pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A 90-YEAR-OLD woman had her purse snatched by two men who asked for directions and used a large map to hide their thieving.

Engine thieves leave cruiser stranded

The Northern Echo: Violent offender arrested in Catterick after manhunt

2:51pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A CABIN cruiser was left stranded after thieves struck – and stole its engine.

Murder suspect offered to help police search for man he allegedly beat to death with hammer, court told

The Northern Echo: MISSING MAN: Alan Youngson

6:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A MAN accused of bludgeoning his friend to death with a hammer after he spilled cider on his carpet offered to help police officers investigating his disappearance, a court heard.

Motorist who left crash scene pleads guilty to drink driving charge

The Northern Echo: Durham Police Constabulary Headquarters, Aykley Heads, Durham. GV

3:54pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A POLISH motorist who was three times the drink drive limit fled when the driver of a car he had crashed into threatened to call the police.

Police trace man after brick thrown at car

The Northern Echo: Durham Police Constabulary Headquarters, Aykley Heads, Durham. GV

5:35pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A BRICK was thrown at the windscreen of a black Audi at the traffic lights opposite Tesco at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, at around 9.30pm on Thursday, April 30.

Thugs who beat pensioner with his own walking stick jailed for seven and four years

The Northern Echo:

5:40pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

TWO thugs who beat a 78-year-old pensioner with his own walking stick have been jailed for seven years, nine months, and four years respectively.

Hunt for arsonists who targeted horse's stables

The Northern Echo: Burnt out stable block

5:06pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

THE owner of two stables which were targeted by suspected arsonists has spoken of her disgust over the attacks.

Court told canoe fraudster John Darwin has only repaid £122 of ill gotten gains

The Northern Echo: John Darwin at Teesside Crown Court this morning

3:06pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

CONMAN canoeist John Darwin is facing the prospect of losing his pension as police attempt to recoup the money he gained when he faked his death, as a court heard he has only repaid £122.

Sixteen-year-old admits possessing 1,848 indecent images of children and 257 videos

The Northern Echo: Youth pleads guilty after more than 2,000 indecent images and videos found on computers

1:40pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A TEENAGER was found with more than 1,848 indecent images and 257 videos of children stored on computers, a court heard.



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