LiveLive News: November 20, 2012 (James Allen Murder Trial)

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  • Reporter Graeme Hetherington will be sending updates live from the James Allen murder trial.
  • Our reporters will be sending updates throughout the day keeping you informed about what's happening around the North-East and North Yorkshire.
  • Get involved: Tweet pictures or video from around the region to us using hashtag #echopix

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James Allen sentenced to 37 years minimum for double murder.

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Allen made no reaction when the verdicts were read out but there was a cheer of 'yes, yes' from the public gallery

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James Allen has been found guilty of the murder of Middlesbrough pensioner Colin Dunford and Julie Davison of Whitby at Newcastle Crown Court.

Our reporter Graeme Hetherington was in the court as the verdict was returned.

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A couple are appearing at Newcastle Crown Court facing charges over the death of a baby boy. 
Slater Sharkey was covered head to toe in 25 bruises when he died aged 13 months last December, the court has been told.
Prosecutors claim Richard Morgan, 32, of Tantobie, County Durham, abused the youngster over the 18 hours prior to his death. He is on trial for manslaughter.
Slater's mother, Victoria Peacock, 31, who lived at the same address and appeared in the dock next to Morgan, is charged with causing or allowing the death of a child and child cruelty.
Both deny the charges.

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MILITARY FUNERAL: Lt Edward Drummond-Baxter's long-term friend Alex Goldsmith tells the Gurkha's funeral at Durham Cathedral he was the best man, best soldier, best gentleman and best friend he ever knew.

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Just interviewed Leo Moran of the fabulous @sawdoctors . Would have love to have done it over a beer, but he was back home in Ireland. They are in the region next week, York Grand Opera House on Tuesday and Stockton Arc on Wednesday. Also appearing at the Newcastle Academy on December 19.

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The subject of this weekend's Car Torque in the Northern Echo's Weekend magazine is none other than @BBCLater 's Jools Holland. To come Keith Chegwin, Springwatch's Simon King and Marek Reichman, the man who designs Aston Martin's for a living and graduated from Teesside Polytechnic.

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A CIVILIAN worker at Durham Prison has this morning pleaded guilty to possession of extreme pornography. Andre Michele Savell, of Bearpark, in Durham City, appeared before Durham Crown Court to plead guilty to 21 counts of possessing porn, some of which featured children and others animals. He is to be sentenced next month.

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WOMEN BISHOPS: Rt Rev Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham and next Archbishop of Canterbury, urges Church of England's General Synod to 'finish the job' and vote for women bishops.

The compromise before Synod today is 'as good as we can get', he says.

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MILITARY FUNERAL: Durham Cathedral funeral for Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter this afternoon. The Consett soldier was shot in Nahr-e Saraj by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform. 

Darlington and Stockton Times:

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DAVID Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks will be charged as part of the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials, the Crown Prosecution Service has announce this morning.

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