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CCTV images of men wanted over £30,000 theft

Police have released CCTV images of two men, after watches and jewellery worth £30,000 were stolen from a Post Office van.

Police said this man was in Grey Street around the time of the theft

The van was parked on Grey Street in the centre of Newcastle, when watches and jewellery were taken.

Northumbria Police said enquiries were ongoing and they want to hear from anyone who recognises the two men pictured, who were in the area at the time, but may be from Manchester or Liverpool.

Police believe this man could help them with their enquiries

Anyone with information should contact 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 873 24/03/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police watchdog investigating conduct of officers over disappearance of Teesside mother

Rania Alayed, 25, had lived in Norton near Stockon, but moved to Manchester in January. She was reported missing last month.

The police watchdog is investigating the conduct of officers over the disappearance of a mother-of-three, originally from Teesside.

Rania Alayed, 25, had lived in Norton near Stockton, but moved to Manchester in January. She was reported missing last month.

Her body has not been found but her husband and brother-in-law have been charged with murder.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is examining how the Greater Manchester force handled information passed on by Cleveland Police.

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Full Report: Stephen Seddon sentenced to 40 years in jail

A County Durham conman convicted of the cold-blooded murder of his parents has been jailed for life.

Stephen Seddon will serve at least 40 years in jail before being considered for parole.

The judge told Seddon he had been driven by greed and "had effectively executed" his parents to collect his inheritance.

During sentencing, Seddon shook his head and shouted "I am an innocent man".

Watch the full report from Claire Montgomery below.

40 years in jail for man found guilty of murdering his parents

A County Durham man, who was found guilty of killing his parents, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Stephen Seddon shot his mother and father on the 4th of July last year so that he would inherit almost a quarter of a million pounds.

The 46-year-old from Seaham has been jailed for a minimum of 40 years at Manchester Crown Court.

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Family of couple murdered by son 'left feeling numb'

The past nine months have been a very sad and emotional time for our family. The shock of having both Pat and Bob taken from us in such horrifying and tragic circumstances has left us feeling numb.

Pat and Bob were a kind, loving and selfless couple who will be missed by their family and friends and especially their grandson Daniel, whom they cared for with great love and affection.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank Greater Manchester Police for their dedication and effort in the case, also the legal team for their hard work and expertise.

We would like to now be left in peace to mourn the deaths of Pat and Bob and be allowed to remember them as the loving couple that they were.

– STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY OF BOB AND PATRICIA SEDDON
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Horror of parents who realised 'son was a monster'

At one point Stephen Seddon shouted from the dock, insisting he was innocent. But the judge told him to keep quiet, and continued his sentencing:

One can only imagine the horror of your parents' last moments in this life, when they realised what a monster their son, whom they loved, had become.

Mercifully their deaths were swift. The reason for the attempted murders and the murders was greed. You needed money. You had lost your job. You had a mortgage. You had a family to support. You had some grand plans.

Despite the fact that your parents had always been very generous in supporting you, you wanted more and you wanted it now - hence the plan to kill them and get your inheritance up front.

The attempt at murder having failed, you decided on a more ruthless and definitive method of killing. You obtained a sawn-off shotgun from criminal associates.

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Full Report: County Durham man guilty of murdering parents

A man from County Durham is facing life behind bars after shooting both his parents dead so that he could inherit their money.

Stephen Seddon, who is also known as Nic, was found guilty of killing his mother and father so that he would get quarter of a million pounds.

The 46-year-old from Seaham will be sentenced tomorrow.

You can watch the full report from Frances Read below.

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Justice for 'violent and premeditated murders'

As a result of today’s verdicts Stephen Seddon has been brought to justice for the violent and premeditated murders of his own parents and for an earlier attempt on their lives.

He had planned these crimes in enormous detail and went to great lengths to cover his tracks and avoid detection, staging the scene of the murders to make it look like his father was responsible for the shootings.

After his failed attempt to kill his parents by driving the car into the canal he even presented himself as a hero for trying to rescue them.

His motive was purely financial: to get his inheritance without waiting for his parents to die.

Since then he has tried to deceive everyone about what really happened and has shown no remorse whatsoever.

– Cheryl Hramiak, Branch Crown Prosecutor at CPS North West
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