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Teen admits to Newcastle park rape

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.


Buying gun was like 'buying a bar of chocolate'

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:

Buying a gun was like buying a bar of chocolate. I didn't see it as a big deal at the time.

– Liam Lyburd

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 continue to investigate York murder

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.

North East MP urges bus company to introduce weekly child ticket

Tom Blenkinsop MP has urged bus firm Arriva to look at introducing a child version of the weekly ticket Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/PA Images

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:

As it is currently the school holidays, hundreds of families across my constituency will be looking to utilise Arriva’s bus services to travel around this and the surrounding area. However, the lack of any sort of weekly travel ticket for children is off-putting for commuters as it leads to spiralling travel costs, particularly for parents with more than one child.

I am aware that such tickets are available for adults using your bus services. Therefore, have written to Arriva to enquire whether they have any plans to introduce a weekly ticket for children across all their services to reduce the financial burden on parents and to make travelling on public transport an economically viable alternative for families in my constituency.

– Tom Blenkinsop MP, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland


Sunderland Echo sign to be auctioned off for charity

The 10ft Sunderland Echo sign has been removed from the company's former Pennywell headquarters Credit: Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

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:

We didn’t want to see the signs go to waste and decided to give people the opportunity to bid for them with the money going to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The signs are huge but we’re hoping someone out there will be able to recycle them.

We’ll be happy to help by delivering them locally and all the money raised will go towards Sir Bobby’s cancer charity.

– Catherine Porteous, manager from Tecaz

The auction begins at 7pm tonight on eBay.

Traffic alert for Sunderland fans attending Doncaster friendly

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.

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