Jonny Blair recalls the events that took place in the time leading up to Liam Lyburd's arrest in November 2014.
The 19-year-old has this afternoon been convicted of planning mass murder at Newcastle College, after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
He will be sentenced on 25th September after a psychiatric report has been prepared.
Liam Lyburd, 19, has been convicted of planning mass murder at Newcastle College, following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
He will be sentenced on 25th September after a psychiatric report has been prepared.
"You will appreciate only a very substantial sentence in custody is appropriate in this case."
Liam Lyburd smiling as guilty verdicts read aloud
Liam Lyburd had admitted nine charges relating to making five pipe bombs, two home-made explosive devices, possessing a handgun and ammunition and CS gas.
A jury found him guilty of eight charges of possessing those items with an intent to endanger life at Newcastle College. He had denied all eight charges.
"The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority and we would like to thank Northumbria Police, who we worked closely with throughout the incident."
After the guilty verdict Liam Lyburd made a shooting gesture to his head
The 19-year-old made a gesture with his fingers to his head as if he was shooting to himself as he was taken away from court.
Cleveland Police have launched a murder investigation into the death of Shane Tunney, 24, who died from severe head injuries in hospital on Wednesday (29th July) after he was attacked by a group of young people in Norton, on Teesside, on 27th June.
Police say Shane Tunney stopped a passing driver who offered to drive him away from the scene while his friend was was being attacked. However, when the motorist refused to help save his friend, Shane returned to help him.
"A young man has tragically lost his life. Shane went out that night and never returned home. That could have been anyone’s son or brother.
"He was a good, hard-working hero who tried to help his friend on the night of this incident, but sadly paid with his life.
"There are people in the local community who are effectively hiding murderers and I make a direct appeal to those people to get in contact with us."
Seven teenagers arrested last month in connection with the attack remain on bail. Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
A 19-year-old man, who was arrested and taken to hospital following a murder in York, was discharged last night and is now in police custody for questioning.
20-year-old Liam Miller, from Terrington near Malton, was fatally stabbed in the Acomb area of the city on Monday 27th July.
North Yorkshire Police are treating the attack on the second victim - the man who went to Liam’s assistance and was also stabbed - as attempted murder.
24-year-old Shane Tunney, who was attacked by a group of young people in the Norton area just over a month ago has died.
Cleveland Police have released a statement saying:
"Cleveland Police can confirm that 24-year-old Shane Tunney, who was the victim of an alleged assault in the Norton area just over a month ago, sadly passed away earlier this evening at James Cook University Hospital (Wednesday 29th July).
A post mortem will be held this evening to establish the cause of Shane’s death.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time."
A Middlesbrough fan has been found guilty of making a racist gesture towards Blackburn Rovers players at the Riverside in March last year.
Ernest Goult, 72, from Redcar, has been banned from attending football matches for three years. He had denied one count of racially-aggravated disorder and one of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.
Three Blackburn Rovers players, Lee Williamson, Rudy Gestede and Markus Olsson, each told Teesside Magistrates' Court how a man in the crowd made the gestures at the end of a match, which had ended with a contentious goal.
Lee Williamson told the court he saw a fan making "monkey gestures" towards him, which he found upsetting, taking it as a racist gesture.
Markus Olsson told the court, "It was like a monkey gesture and he wasn't trying to hide it. He was doing it towards a black person and it was obvious what it meant. I have seen it before.
"It is very offensive. It was clear what he did."
Ernest Goult claimed what he did was an "old Teesside gesture" meaning the performance was "the pits."
"Mr Gestede and I, our eyes met," he said. "I raised my left hand and went one-two, one-two.
"It means you're under the arm of the pit.
"I wasn't very happy.
"I just wanted to convey to them what an unsatisfactory point they'd earned.
"The fact that the three chaps happened to be black, it didn't register."
When his solicitor asked him if he was racist, Mr Goult said, "not in the slightest."
As well as being banned from attending matches, Mr Gould has been fined £600 and ordered to pay £600 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
North Yorkshire Police have identified a man who died during an incident in York on Monday evening as Liam Paul Miller, 20, from Terrington, near Malton.
“We are absolutely devastated by Liam’s untimely death. We cannot put into words the shock and disbelief we feel about what has happened. Liam was just 20 years old and had his whole life ahead of him. He had returned home for the summer from Liverpool University where he was studying graphic design and illustration. We will miss him more than words can say.”
Police say the investigation into Liam's death in Hamilton Drive, in Acomb, is ongoing.
“Liam played in a local band called Nocebo and we are seeking to identify his movements over the weekend of 25th, 26th and Monday 27th July. We are keen to speak to anyone who has been with Liam, either in person or in contact through phone or social media.”
Officers confirmed they are treating an attack on a second victim, a man in his 50s, as attempted murder. The second man is believed to have gone to Liam's before being stabbed.
Police say the second man tried to flag down passing motorists for assistance, and are appealing for those motorists to come forward. They say they specifically want to trace a black car and a white saloon.
A 19-year-old male who was arrested at the scene remains in hospital where he is receiving medical treatment. Police say he will be taken into custody for questioning when he is discharged from hospital.
The jury in the trial of Liam Lyburd, 19, who is accused of planning a mass murder at his former college in Newcastle, has been sent out to consider verdicts.
The teenager has pleaded guilty to nine charges relating to making five pipe bombs, two home-made explosive devices, possessing a handgun, bullets and CS gas. He denies eight charges of possessing those items with an intent to endanger life at Newcastle College.
The prosecution said he had told other people about his plans to attack the college when he was arrested at his home Newcastle last November. Liam Lyburd told the jury at Newcastle Crown Court that he was trying to get the attention of his friends online, that he was an internet troll, and that he had no intention of shooting anyone.
The prosecution case was that Lyburd was guilty if, at any time he had possession of the deadly weapons, his intention was to endanger life, even if he did not go through with the plan, Judge Paul Sloan QC told the jury.
"What may have begun as fantasy was all too real"
The defence case was that the jury could not be sure that he had any intention to endanger life, and his online chats were "no more than pathetic boasts", the judge said.
Outlining the defence case, Judge Sloan told the jury, "You cannot be sure, on the evidence you have heard, these were anything other than the crazy thoughts of a disturbed loner."
A service has been held in Newcastle this morning to remember people who have lost their lives through murder and other violent crime.
This is the twelfth year that the memorial has taken place, and brings together friends and families of those who have been killed.
Candles were lit next to photographs of the victims at St Mary's Cathedral.
The event is organised by the National Victims' Association.
Police are investigating sexual assaults in South Tyneside, which happened on the evening on Saturday, October 18th, where a man run up separately behind three teenagers and touched them inappropriately on the behind before running off in.
The incidents happened in streets adjacent to York Avenue in Jarrow and police believe they are linked.
The suspect is described as white, aged in his 20s, between 5ft 1ins to 5ft 7ins tall of skinny build, with short dark hair and spoke with a local accent.
Extra officers are carrying out patrols in the area and anyone with any concerns should speak with local officers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, for the attention of the Jarrow and Hebburn Neighbourhood Policing Team.