Rakesh Bhayani convicted of the murder of wealthy businesswoman Carole Waugh from County Durham.
A man accused of murdering a millionaire, who was originally from Durham, has described how he felt sick as he forced her body into a bag.
Organisers of Lumiere have unveiled the full programme this year's event, which installs light displays and sculptures around the city.
A man whose family was shot dead nearly two years ago in County Durham has raised £3000 after holding a football tournament in their memory.
Bobby Turnbull's mother, sister and aunt were killed in Horden on New Year's Day, 2012.
All money will go to Victim Support's homicide services.
Durham's Police Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg says so-called drug 'shooting galleries', which would allow users to take drugs in a safe environment, should be opened nationally.
The idea was trialled in Darlington in 2009.
Two charter flight operators are pulling out of Durham Tees Valley airport from next year after the airport's owners told them they can no longer operate from the site.
A spokesman for the airport said people who have already booked their seats will fly from another airport.
A group of cricketers have set off on a gruelling tour of some of England's famous cricket grounds.
They left Chester-le-Street early this morning on their 441-mile trip.
The group first travelled to Headingly in Leeds, before heading to Old Trafford in Manchester, Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Derby's County Ground, Leicester's Grace Road, Wantage Road in Northampton.
They will finish at Lords, in London on Wednesday.
Durham cricketer Phil Mustard said he is happy to put himself through a few paces for two good causes.
He's one of around 50 cyclists taking part in the 'Big Bike Ride', a 441-mile charity project aimed at raising money for the Tom Maynard Trust and the Professional Cricketers' Association Benevolent Fund.
Former England batsman Marcus Trescothick was among around 50 people that set off from Durham's Emirates International Cricket Ground at just after 8am on a gruelling trip around some of the country's major cricket grounds.
He said it was good to start in Durham, at a ground he always enjoyed playing at and added: "I've heard it's all downhill from here!"
Famous cricketers past and present have set off on a gruelling trip to some of the country's major cricket grounds.
Cricket stars including Durham's Phil Mustard and former England batsman Marcus Trescothick were among around 50 people that set off from Durham's Emirates International Cricket Ground at just after 8am on Friday morning.
The 'Big Bike Ride' is a 441-mile charity project aimed at raising money for the Tom Maynard Trust and the Professional Cricketers' Association Benevolent Fund.
The group will arrive at Headingly in Leeds later today, before heading to Old Trafford in Manchester, Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Derby's County Ground, Leicester's Grace Road, Wantage Road in Northampton and will finish at Lords, in London on Wednesday.
Parents were only given a week's notice of today's strike action. Many have been forced to take the day off work to look after their children due to school closures.
One charity in Durham offered childcare for just £5 to take the pressure off working parents.
Hundreds of teachers have marched through the streets of Durham as their fight with the Government over changes to pay and conditions reaches boiling point.
Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to alter teachers pensions and introduce performance related pay. Unions say the move will devastate the profession and children's education.
Thousands of teachers have been protesting against Government plans to link salary with performance and pension changes.
Some teachers said the strike action is "a necessary evil".