A teenager has admitted to raping a woman in a park in Newcastle.
The victim was a attacked as she walked through Exhibition Park in the city centre in the early hours of June 21.
Bobby Barclay, 18, of Edgeware Road in Gateshead, pleaded guilty to a single charge of rape at Newcastle Crown Court. Barclay will be sentenced in September after the preparation of reports, which will include an assessment of dangerousness.
A teenager accused of plotting a mass killing spree in Newcastle has told jurors that buying a gun off the internet was like "buying a bar of chocolate".
Liam Lyburd, 19, was caught with bombs, a gun and ammunition in November 2014. He is accused of planning an attack at Newcastle College in revenge for being kicked out two years earlier.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Lyburd had boasted online about his plot to target the college and murder passengers on the Tyne and Wear Metro.
But he told jurors at his trial that he was simply a "troll" who wanted to cause people to panic.
When asked about sourcing the gun, he said:
Lyburd, who admits possessing the weapons but denies having a desire to kill or cause harm, said he wanted people to believe he was about to do something but told the court that in reality he was too scared to leave the house.
The trial continues.
Police remain at the scene of a property in York as they continue to investigate the murder of a man who died from stab wounds.
The victim was found with multiple stab wounds at an address on Hamilton Drive in the Acomb area on Monday 27 July. He later died in hospital. Officers are working to establish his identity.
Detectives from North Yorkshire Police are carrying out extensive enquiries to determine the events that led to the man's murder.
A 19-year-old man who was arrested at the scene and sustained a self-inflicted injury during the incident, remains in hospital for treatment. After being discharged from hospital, he will be taken into police custody for questioning.
A 29-year-old man who was injured during the incident, and later discharged from hospital in the early hours of the morning, was not involved in the initial disturbance and was a passer-by who came to the assistance those involved.
Officers are appealing to anyone who was in the area of Hamilton Drive, Acomb last night, and saw or heard the disturbance to contact them.
A Teesside MP has written to the bus company Arriva urging them to look at introducing a child version of the weekly ticket.
The firm has weekly tickets available for Adults on Teesside from £19.50 but there is currently no equivalent offer available for children.
Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said:
Northumbria Police are warning of flooding on the Central Motorway in Newcastle. Motorists are being urged to take care.
A familiar sign from the former headquarters of the Sunderland Echo newspaper has been removed and is being auctioned off for charity.
The 10ft red letters, which were clearly visible to motorists on the A19, have been taken down from the company's former office at Pennywell by the site's new owners, Tecaz.
The bathroom and kitchen retailer is auctioning off the sign on eBay tonight, with the proceeds going to North East cancer charity, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Catherine Porteous, manager from Tecaz, said:
The auction begins at 7pm tonight on eBay.
Sunderland have issued a traffic warning to supporters attending the club's pre-season friendly against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday 29 July.
The match has a scheduled kick-off time of 7:45pm.