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Man cleared of baseball bat attack on child rapist

A man accused of a baseball bat attack on a convicted child rapist said "justice has been done" after a jury cleared him and his best friend of all charges.

30-year-old Michael Loughran and 27-year-old Karl John Carter asked for information on Facebook to track down the 18-year-old after he was released from prison having served half of a three-and-a-half year sentence.

They told Teesside Crown Court they simply meant to scare him when they found him at his home on June 28. They had offered a £1,000 reward for information.

Mr Carter, of Jubilee Road, Eston, and Mr Loughran, of Ryhill Walk, Ormesby, denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and having an offensive weapon.

A jury took less than an hour to clear the pair, who have spent five months on remand prior to the trial.

Mr Carter said if he and his best friend had been convicted they could have been handed a six year sentence, longer than the child rapist's tariff.

During the trial, Mr Loughran admitted taking a swing with a baseball bat but said he was acting in self-defence. He said the bat had been in the alleged victim's possession.

The teenager suffered a cut to the head which required stapling.

Newcastle City Council leader launches savage attack on Government

It is his strongest attack on the Government so far: the leader of Newcastle City Council has told Tyne Tees that the Government is creating all the same conditions here as those that led to the rise of fascism in 1930s Germany.

Nick Forbes said that the Government has successfully turned the poor against the very poor, and is getting rid of local council services that may offer relief.

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Health trust responds to vote of no confidence

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A health trust has responded to a vote of no confidence, following a public meeting to discuss the downgrading of services at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Members of the public and Hartlepool MP Iain Wright called for the services to be returned.

Alan Foster Chief Executive, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust says the vote is no surprise, but insists they cannot return services to the town:

Energy company wants to frack in North Yorks

Fracking could be carrie out near a village in North Yorks. Credit: ITV

An energy company is applying to carrying out fracking for gas near a village in the North York Moors.

Third Energy drilled for samples at Kirby Misperton last year, and believes there could be a significant new gas reservoir in the area.

Anti-fracking campaigners say they are concerned about contamination of the water supply.

The next stage will be a high risk assessment, before the full application goes ahead.

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