Spurned lover acquitted of harassment and criminal damage - but no verdict on burglary and poisoning

Newcastle Crown Court jury acquits Aidan Campbell on two of four charges, and CPS must now decide whether to pursue a retrial

Spurned lover "filled ex's hair conditioner bottle with poison" court told

Aidan Campbell, 36, denies a campaign of harassment against his former partner, including burglary, criminal damage and administering a poison

Janet Brown murder trial: I helped alleged killer forge will out of fear, says co-accused

Elizabeth Todd said alleged murderer Donald Graham told her "They won't find out if you keep your mouth shut"

Dispute over future of Tyneside court set to rumble on for four years

The future of Newcastle Magistrates' Court remains unclear despite the court service carrying out "urgent maintenance work" on danger cells

Janet Brown murder trial: "Mrs Cannybody" was besotted with alleged killer

A woman accused of helping Donald Graham was besotted with her married lover after he bought her a house, a car and jewellery, her friend said

Janet Brown murder trial: Accused pretended to be executor of will

Donald Graham pretended to be executor of Janet's dad's will, arranged his funeral but didn't inform his family of his death, court hears

Cricketer Paul Collingwood warned to settle court case with financial advisors

37-year-old cricketer Paul Collingwood is one of a group of sports stars suing their financial advisors over allegations of negligent financial advice

Janet Brown murder trial: Wealthy heiress wanted to marry alleged killer

Besotted Hexham heiress even had her wedding dress picked out but prosecutors allege lover Donald Graham killed her for her money

Two brothers admit attack on homeless man Adam Blythe in Northumberland

Wayne and Gavin Deluen admit GBH, after being accused of attacking homeless man Adam Blythe in Blyth, Northumberland

Janet Brown murder trial: Claim accused got lover and wife to pose as victim

Donald Graham, who admits fraud but denies murder, allegedly got his new lover and his wife to pretend to be missing Hexham heiress Janet Brown

Janet Brown murder trial: Hexham heiress was killed for her money, court hears

Donald Graham allegedly murdered Janet Brown, who has not been seen since 2005, then fleeced her and her elderly parents out of their estate

Wallsend fraudster used dead wife's name for con

Robert Leslie Mitchell claimed his wife's dying wish was for him to invest in a business with her brother

Deepcut Barracks death: Family of Geoff Gray hopeful of the truth at last

The family of a North East soldier shot dead at the notorious Deepcut barracks say they know his killer

Ex-Feversham residential school staff jailed for sexual abuse of vulnerable boys

Two former members of staff at Feversham residential school in Walbottle, Newcastle, have been jailed for sex crimes on vulnerable young boys

Suspended jail term for shamed Northumberland solicitor

A shamed solicitor who breached an order when she demanded her dog back from her parents has received a suspended jail term

Labour peer wades into row over Newcastle Magistrates' Court

Lord Jeremy Beecham has spoken out about the North East's justice system following news that Newcastle Magistrates’ Court cells would stay closed until May

Police crime commissioner attacks court service after cells condemned

Vera Baird and Lewis Pearson have attacked the court service for failing to act sooner after the court cells were condemned

Northumberland grandad's killer jailed for attack outside city centre pub

Kevin Gardner of Ellesmere Port has been sentenced to five years for the manslaughter of Morpeth man Ronald Hayes in Chester

Court hears Northumberland man smuggled puppies on North Shields ferry

A horse dealer from Northumberland smuggled eight puppies into the country on the Amsterdam to North Shields ferry

Robber jailed after North East man was pushed into canal and left to drown fails in appeal

Body of Simon Brass, 40, originally from Washington, was found four days after he was dumped in the Rochdale Canal, in Manchester city centre

Virgin bank boss cleared of causing death by dangerous driving on A1

Virgin Money operations director Gordon Soutar has been found not guilty of causing the death of a van driver in Northumberland

Virgin bank boss road death accused: 'I pray for victim's family every day'

A bank executive accused of causing death by dangerous driving on the A1 told a court his alleged victim's family will always be in his thoughts

Blackmail gang jailed for total of 31 years after making threats to firms

William Adams and Terence Cunningham Jnr threatened to castrate small business owners in a plot to steal cash

Feuding North East family warned tycoon's estate could vanish in legal costs

The estate of Godfrey Burnard has been at the centre of a fierce legal battle between family members since his death in 2007

Virgin bank boss trial: Passenger of dead driver was also seriously injured

The passenger of a van driver allegedly killed by a Virgin Money executive's dangerous driving has told how he was left with multiple injuries

Virgin bank boss on trial accused of death by dangerous driving on A1

Gordon Soutar, operations director with Virgin Money, claims he was suffering from sleep apnea and must have lost consciousness at the wheel

Legal aid cuts: A fair price for a fair trial?

Back in January, barristers across the country refused to attend court over cuts to legal aid. The Government says they can afford to defend citizens for less. Laurence Dodds looks into the issue

North East legal system in 'state of crisis' as professionals stage walk-out

Courts are due to grind to a halt today as barristers and solicitors stage a walk-out in protest at Chris Grayling's plans to cut legal aid.

Nile Ranger trial: Claim he got woman 'completely stupified to get his way'

Footballer Nile Ranger knew the woman would not consent when sober and so made sure she was drunk, a prosecutor told jurors

Nile Ranger trial: 'I know I'm not a rapist', footballer tells court

Nile Ranger told a jury he would never take a woman against her will as he gave evidence at his rape trial at Newcastle Crown Court

Coroner records accidental verdict in Sunderland schoolboy bus tragedy

Matthew Hayes, 12, from Sunderland died after suddenly stepping out into the path of an oncoming bus

Nile Ranger trial: Footballer returned to alleged scene of crime the next night

Footballer Nile Ranger was back booking a room at the hotel where he allegedly raped a friend the night after the alleged attack, a court heard

Men cleared of attack on actor Clive Mantle at Newcastle hotel

Two men accused of an attack on ex-Casualty actor Clive Mantle, during which part of his ear was bitten off, have been cleared of all charges

Nile Ranger trial: Alleged victim had branded him 'sex pest' and 'a predator'

A woman who says she was raped by footballer Nile Ranger had branded him a "sex pest" and a "predator" in the days before the alleged attack

Nile Ranger raped friend who had rejected his advances, court is told

Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger denies raping the woman at a Jesmond hotel, claiming she consented

County Durham accountant escapes jail after stealing more than £10,000

Louise Nelson, 33, was given an eight week prison sentence suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty to charges of fraud

Disgraced solicitor's family speeding offence shame

Asha Khan lied to police after her father was caught speeding along Jesmond Road, Newcastle, in 2010

Casualty star Clive Mantle tells of attack in Newcastle hotel

Actor Clive Mantle said he was left permanently disfigured after being attacked when he asked fellow hotel guests to keep the noise down

County Durham businessman admits fleecing dozens of investors in £3m fraud

Mortgage boss David Reid has been remanded in custody after pleading guilty to conning 51 investors in a fraud spanning 12 years

Heather Arthur murder: Husband Mark Arthur must serve at least 18 years

Mark Arthur, who stabbed his wife to death in their Gosforth home after she confessed to an affair, has been jailed for life


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