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Neighbour helped the man who went on to murder her

Rose Doughty. Credit: Cleveland Police

A man has been found guilty of murdering his elderly neighbour who police say showed him nothing but kindness.

Christian Darko, 41, stabbed and strangled Rose Doughty in her home in Fosdyke Green, Middlesbrough last November.

Christian Darko was found guilty of murder. Credit: Cleveland Police

Speaking after the hearing at Teesside Crown Court, Cleveland Police Detective Inspector Kath Vickers, said:

"Rose lived alone in Fosdyke Green, Netherfields in Middlesbrough. She had shown friendship to Christian Darko who lived in a flat below her.

"She had helped him out when he needed his phone charging, hot water or giving him small food provisions.

"She was well known in the local community and her family and friends are left devastated by her murder."

Man guilty of murdering neighbour Rose Doughty

Christian Darko was found guilty of murder. Credit: Cleveland Police

A man who stabbed and strangled his elderly neighbour has been found guilty of murder.

The body of Rose Doughty was found in a house in Fosdyke Green on November 23, 2013.

Christian Darko, 41, admitted killing the 72-year-old but denied murder.

Rose Doughty. Credit: Cleveland Police

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Urgent appeal for missing man

Police are searching for John Pearson, 58, who went missing this morning. Credit: Cleveland Police

A 58-year-old man is missing from his home in the Loftus area of North Yorkshire.

Police say the disappearance of John Pearson is 'out of character' and are urgently appealing for information.

He was last seen at his home at around 6.30am. He is 6’0” tall and of medium build with grey hair, glasses and no top teeth.

Police believe he was driving a Mitsubishi Space Star Equippe with the registration number BJ51 BWA, and think he may be in the South Bank or North Yorkshire area.

Anyone with information should contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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Full report: 14 Teessiders sentenced in massive drugs sting

Twenty two people have been sentenced to a total of more than 230 years in prison today (May 2) for their part in a multi-million pound drugs ring, which stretched across the North East and North West of England.

Fourteen of those sentenced were from Teesside, while eight were from the Greater Manchester area, in an investigation Cleveland Police says is of the biggest it has ever dealt with. Jonny Blair sent this report from Teesside Crown Court

14 Teesside criminals sentenced in drugs sting

22 people have been sentenced to a total of more than 230 years in prison for their part in a multi-million pound drugs ring. The massive police investigation, called Operation Cobweb, stretched across the North East and North West of England.

14 of those sentenced were from Teesside, while eight were from the Greater Manchester area, in an investigation Cleveland Police says is one of the biggest it has ever dealt with.

Man released without charge following Teesside penis attack

A man who was arrested after an incident in which another man's penis was cut off, has been released without charge.

The 40 year old victim was found in a distressed state on the A66 on Teesside in March.

He was treated at the James Cook University Hospital, initially in an induced coma.

A 22 year old man was arrested at the time in connection with the attack and was subsequently bailed. Police say he has now been released from bail without charge.

Man steals cash from elderly in Middlesbrough

A man in Middlesbrough has been scamming elderly people into handing over cash by pretending to sell them cigarettes and whisky.

On three separate occasions in the last week, a man has knocked on doors of elderly residents and persuaded them to buy the goods.

When they handed over the money, he ran off, with a total of £750.

He targeted addresses on Dalcross Court in Hemlington, Ravendale Road in Middlesbrough and Park Avenue in South Bank, Middlesbrough between Thursday April 17 and Saturday April 19.

Residents are reminded not to buy items from people that come to their front door without legitimate identification, not to let people that they do not know into their house and also not to show them items of value.

– DC Paul Whitehouse

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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