Sophie Doughty

Sophie Doughty

Sophie Doughty is our crime reporter and has been a journalist since 2003.

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SAFC star Stephane Sessegnon faces drink drive charge

Sunderland star Stephane Sessegnon has been charged with drink driving after he was arrested while his team played

Floral tributes at the scene of the fatal crash

Tributes paid to Lucy Duggan killed in Dilston car crash

The devastated father of a teenager killed in a head-on road smash has told of his heartache at losing the “perfect daughter”

Man killed after gas blast at Durham home

Police and fire investigators were last night working to establish the cause of a gas blast in Brandon that left one man dead and his brother injured

Chief executive Paul Marriott at St Cuthbert's Hospice

Durham hospice charity box targeted by thieves

Two thieves are being hunted by police after a collection box for St Cuthbert's Hospice in Durham was smashed open

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'Thieves looking for quiche' spark five-hour armed stand-off

Two men sparked a five-hour armed stand-off when they broke into a Northumberland cafe

Walter Stones, with his fathers grave in St. Cuthberts Church cemetary, Shadforth, which has been vandalised

Think of our family: plea as dad's grave is targeted

Plea as dad and former miner's grave is targeted three times in a year

Safer Estate Officers join force with PC's from Whitley Bay Police Station to serve early notices to bad tenants

Tenants from hell targeted in North Tyneside raids

Problem households in North Tyneside have been told to mend their ways or be kicked out after early-morning knocks took place

PC Keith Blakelock

PC Keith Blakelock murder accused in court

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) yesterday confirmed that a man has been charged with the murder of PC Keith Blakelock

Gill Rogers, from Sunderland, who has had all her family photographs stolen

Sunderland artist appeals for return of stolen photos

An artist has made an appeal for the return of irreplaceable family photos on computer hard drives stolen from her Sunderland home

The Prime Minister yesterday congratulated officers in the North East

North East police forces in warning to David Cameron

The Prime Minister yesterday congratulated officers in the North East for achieving yet another fall in offences, despite their budgets being slashed

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