A man from North Shields has been found guilty of GBH after infecting his partner with HIV
A crown court judge has waded into a storm of controversy for claiming that burglars showed courage by breaking into peoples homes.
The suspended Chief Constable and Deputy Chief of Cleveland Police will face misconduct hearings following allegations of gross misconduct.
A teenager has been charged in connection with a rape of a 15-year-old near Elswick Road, Newcastle.
The incident happened on Tuesday, December 18.
Abdul Zalal Miah, 19, of Hull Street, Elswick, Newcastle, has been charged with kidnap, false imprisonment, three counts of rape, making threats to kill, robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.
He will appear before Newcastle Magistrates on December 24.
A 47-year-old man has been jailed for life after stabbing his estranged partner to death in October.
Graham Gibson was told he must serve at least a seven and a half year prison sentence after stabbing 50-year-old Christine Henderson to death with a foot-long kitchen knife.
Gibson will only be released when the parole board no longer considers him a danger to the public.
Christine Henderson met Graham Gibson on an online internet dating site, and they lived together in Kent Avenue in Hartlepool until June when the couple split up.
Mrs Henderson had moved in with a friend in Middlesbrough, but continued to be hounded by Gibson with phone calls, texts and Facebook messages over the days after the break-up.
A week after Christine Henderson ended their 18-month relationship Gibson repeatedly stabbed her to death.
A nurse from Middlesbrough has been jailed for six months for neglect relating to patients at the Winterbourne View Care Home near Bristol.
Six of the 11 care workers who admitted a total of 36 charges of neglect or abuse of patients have been jailed.
Nurse Kelvin Fore, 33, from Middlesbrough, was jailed for six months for wilfully neglecting patients. Ringleader Wayne Rogers, 32, who admitted nine counts of ill-treating patients, was jailed for two years.
The abuse was uncovered by a BBC Panorama programme.
Judge Neil Ford QC said there was a "culture of cruelty" at the care home.
Newcastle United footballer Nile Ranger has been convicted of two counts of assault by beating against two police officers.
But he was cleared of two counts of actual bodily harm on two members of the public.
Ranger was on a night out in Newcastle with his cousin on August 27 last year.
At about 2am he was approached by a group of white males and a confrontation ensued which resulted in Ranger, 21, punching two of them.
But Newcastle Crown Court heard that the footballer had been the victim of racial taunts and that his actions were in self-defence.
He fled the scene but, when police tried to detain him, he twice pushed them away, causing minor injuries.
He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay £750 to each officer
A Newcastle University professor has appeared in court charged with vandalising cars. Words like 'silly', 'really wrong' and 'arbitrary' were scratched on to 24 cars in Jesmond, in Newcastle, with a screwdriver one night in August.
47-year-old Stephen Graham faces four charges of causing criminal damage. He didn't enter a plea at Newcastle Magistrates court and was given unconditional bailed to reappear at court next month.
A Newcastle University professor alleged to have vandalised cars in a late-night wrecking spree failed to attend court because of lecturing commitments.
Stephen Graham, 47, a professor at Newcastle University is charged with four counts of criminal damage in relation to an incident in August.
24 cars in the Jesmond area of Newcastle were damaged with a screwdriver, used to carve insults into the cars including " very silly" and "arbitrary".
Mr Graham, of Lansdowne Road, Jesmond, was due to appear at Newcastle Magistrates court this morning but the court heard he was busy lecturing.
Graham is a lecturer in the Architecture, Planning and Landscape department of Newcastle University, and specialises in the study of cities and society.
– District Judge Stephen Earl,
"If in fact he wasn't a professor the reality is I would be saying 'Why isn't he here?' It is not a good enough excuse. Justice is something that must be seen to be done. He will appear before me at 2.15pm or I will be issuing a warrant for his arrest."
A bus driver from Darlington has been found guilty of causing death by careless driving after a man was knocked under his bus.
David Luck, 59, was on trial at Teesside Crown Court after Paul Siddoway, 40, was run over by the vehicle he was driving.
Mr Siddoway had tried to get on the last evening bus service from Middlesbrough to Darlington on October 25 last year. After letting other passengers on the bus, Luck closed the doors and pulled away - without Mr Siddoway, who was waiting with his sick terrier wrapped in a blanket.
The court heard he began to bang on the doors to try to get them to open but he was knocked down and struck by the bus wheels.
The jury found Luck not guilty of the of causing death by dangerous driving.
Sentencing was delayed until a later date for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.
A mother and her former partner are to go on trial over the death of a two-month-old baby.
Logan Ormston was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital from Montrose Crescent in Gateshead in Gateshead last year.
He'd suffered severe head injuries. His mother's then partner Karl Walker denies murder and causing or allowing the death of a child.
His mother Courtney Ormston denies causing or allowing the death of a child. Their trial will start on April 10th next year at Newcastle Crown Court.
Mark Clayton, the man who had his home burgled by Richard Rochford has spoken on ITV Daybreak responding to the comments made by Judge Peter Bowers.
Mr Clayton said "Somebody who is taking drugs and burgling people to feed that habit, that doesn't take courage"