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£3m for Newcastle man hit by priest in Rome crash

A recruitment consultant from Newcastle upon Tyne who suffered "catastrophic injuries" when he was hit by a car driven by a priest is to get more than £3m compensation, a High Court judge was told.

James Kennedy, 37, of Gosforth, will receive a £3m lump sum plus annual payments of £210,000 for life.

The settlement was agreed with the insurers of Welsh priest, Father John Cole.

He was driving a Peugeot down the Corso Vittorio Emmanuele in Rome, Italy when the crash happened in January 2006.

Sunderland man given suspended sentence

Social media users Dean Liddle and Neil Harkins have each received nine month jail sentences suspended for 15 months at London's High Court for breaching an injunction banning the revelation of the new identities of toddler James Bulger's killers.

Liddle, is from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear and Harkins, is from Bridlington, East Yorkshire.


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Fight to keep heart surgery in Leeds continues

The fight goes on to keep heart surgery in Leeds Credit: Klaus Rose/DPA/Press Association Images

Campaigners fighting to keep children's heart surgery in Leeds - are at the High Court again today. A judge is expected to announce what action should be taken - after saying part of the consultation process was flawed. Health officals had insisted the process was fair.

Newcastle Airport loses case over £8m paid to former directors

The directors of the company which runs Newcastle Airport did not properly understand they had entered into contracts allowing the chief executive and a finance boss to claim bonuses totalling £8m six years ago, a High Court judge said.

Mrs Justice Proudman, presiding, said a former chairman of the board of directors at Newcastle International Airport Ltd - owned 51% by local authorities - had a "blind spot of massive proportions" about the significance of her role at the head of remuneration committee.

The airport owner had sued Eversheds for "alleged negligence" in relation to contracts entered into with former chief executive John Parkin and former finance director Lars Friis, who is dead, in 2006.

Mrs Justice Proudman ruled in favour of Eversheds.

"It is ... common ground that none of the members of the remuneration committee properly understood at the time that the new contracts that were entered into in 2006 enabled Mr Parkin and Mr Friis to claim bonuses totalling £8m"

– Mrs Justice Proudman