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Man found guilty of murdering Janet Brown

Donald Graham. Credit: Northumbria Police
Janet Brown. Credit: Northumbria Police

A man has been found guilty of murdering a property developer from Hexham, who has been missing for nearly 10 years.

A jury found Donald Graham guilty both of murdering his lover Janet Brown and perverting the course of justice.

The court previously heard that Graham convinced Ms Brown to transfer £300,000 into his account, in the days before she went missing.

The prosecution said Graham went on to befriend Ms Brown's parents, and drain their accounts as well.

He used the money to buy a series of luxury cars and a house for his new lover.

Janet Brown's body was never found, and the court heard she simply 'disappeared off the face of the earth'.

The jury is considering their verdicts with regard to Elizabeth Todd, who is accused of helping Donald Graham commit fraud.


Northumberland woman still missing

Janis Hall was reported missing on December 19th Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are continuing to appeal for help to trace a missing Northumberland woman four months after her disappearance.

Janis Hall, 65, was reported missing from her home in Catton, near Hexham, on December 19th.

Her disappearance was out of character.

Extensive searches have been carried out since her disappearance.

Mrs Hall is described as being 5ft 4ins tall of medium build, with grey short hair, and wearing glasses.

Thomas Diggle's body found at water station in Hexham

Thomas Diggle.

The body of a 92-year-old man, who had been missing for almost three weeks, has been found at a water station in Hexham.

Thomas Diggle was reported missing from his home in Corbridge on March 27.

The body was found on Monday, 14th April, in water at the Northumbria Water transfer station in Riding Mill in Hexham, and identified as Mr Diggle.

His next of kin have been told. Officers believe there was no-one else involved in his death. A report has been prepared for the coroner.


Illegal puppy heartbreak

The RSPCA has called on the government to enforce tighter controls on illegal puppy trafficking.

One family from Hexham, in Northumberland was left devastated when they found out that their dog had been illegally imported from the Netherlands.

This is what Eleanor and Carolyn Donkin had to say:

Police searching for missing woman Janis Hall

Northumbria Police officers have been searching for a missing woman who's disappearance is "out of character".

Janis Hall, 65, was reported missing from her home address at Catton, near Hexham, on Thursday, 19th December. She had last spoken to a relative on the phone at around 2pm that afternoon.

Janis Hall's disappearance is "out of character" Credit: Northumbria Police

Mrs Hall is known to frequent Allendale and Hexham and is known to often going walking in the local area.

She is described as being 5ft 4ins tall of medium build, with grey short hair, and wearing glasses. She was also possibly wearing a green fleece coat, black trousers and a Russian fur hat.

Full report: What IS behind the mystery door?

Now, take one medieval abbey, some extensive restoration work and a mysterious bricked up door, hundreds of years old, and you have the makings of a spooky, gothic story.

All those ingredients came together at Hexham Abbey in Northumberland. The rector invited us along to see the mystery resolved.

Derek Proud reports.

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