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Two men accused of murdering a mother, whose body has never been found, have gone on trial at Manchester Crown Court

Rania Alayed Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Rania Alayed vanished from her home in the city's Cheetham Hill in June 2013. The prosecution say she was lured to her death at a block of flats in Salford, at the end of an unhappy and violent marriage. Her husband, Ahmed Al-Khatib, denies murder.

Prosecutors say he told psychiatrists that he pushed Rania "causing her to stumble and fall" because he was "possessed of a spirit that caused him to do what he did". Rania's brother-in-law Muhaned Al-Khatib also denies murder. Both men admit perverting the course of justice.

A third defendant, Hussain Al-Khatib, has pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice over the alleged concealment of her body.


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Three arrested in North Shields murder case

Detectives investigating a murder in North Shields have arrested three people.

A 22-year-old man was found dead at a property in Stanley Street on Friday, May 10.

At 6am this morning, Saturday, May 11, officers arrested a 17-year-old boy and two men, aged 18 and 22, all from the North Shields area. All three remain in police custody.

"It's still vital that anyone with any information contacts us and passes on anything as soon as possible. We are especially keen to hear from anyone who might have seen anything or anyone suspicious in Stanley Street in the days leading up to this incident."

– Ch Supt Steve Neill, Northumbria Police

The police say there is nothing to suggest that there is any risk to the wider public.

People can speak to officers either face to face in the area, by ringing 101 extension 69191 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Man charged with Darlington murder

Sybil Sibthorpe Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The police have charged a man with murder following the death of an 80 year old woman in Darlington.

The body of Sybil Sibthorpe was found at the back of a terrace house in Haughton Road in the town on Wednesday. A post mortem examination revealed that she died from head injuries.

A 40 year old local man, Lee Edward Grainger, has now been charged with her murder and is due to appear at Peterlee Magistrates today. Two other men have been bailed pending further inquiries.


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Murder police continue to question man

Police investigating the murder of antiques dealer Peter Battle at Full Sutton continue to question a 26 year old man from North Yorkshire. He remains in Police custody and an application is to be made to the court for a Warrant of Further Detention.

Information is still being sought in relation to activity in and around the victim's home address, Whisker Cottage, in Full Sutton from around Christmas time to February 7 this year when Mr Battle's body was discovered.

Anyone who is approached to buy items that Mr Battle was known to trade in, such as silver and gold coins and sovereigns and silver cutlery is also asked to come forward with information.

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Video: Full Sutton murder

Detectives have revealed that a man found murdered at his home near York was a gold and silver antiques dealer. The body of Peter Battle, who was 56, was discovered at his house in Full Sutton almost a week ago. He'd died from severe head injuries.

Police want to find his relatives and get details of anyone who may have visited his cottage recently. A twenty six year old man has been arrested.

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Detectives to ask Newcastle fans for help over man's murder

Leaflet to be handed out to Newcastle fans, appealing for help over the murder of John Roberts Credit: Northumbria Police

Detectives will hand out this leaflet to fans heading to this afternoon's Newcastle game against Reading at St James's Park. John Roberts was a well known Newcastle fan and was nicknamed John "The Badge" by fellow supporters. He was found murdered in his home in Winlaton in Gateshead in December.

Police will then travel to Mr Roberts's home to hand out more leaflets to people in the area as they continue their appeal for help.

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Detectives ask Magpies fans for help over man's murder

Detectives will hand out leaflets to supporters going to this afternoon's Newcastle game against Reading at St James's park to appeal for help over the murder of a well know Magpie fan.

John Roberts was found dead in his home in Winlaton in Gateshead on December 16th. The 32 year old was a regular at St James's Park and was known amongst fellow fans as John 'The Badge'. Detectives will give out leaflets with a picture of Mr Roberts and details of his murder to appeal for help.

The murder team will also be in Winlaton tonight to hand out more leaflets to people living close to Mr Roberts's home in the hope of discovering new leads.

We need to track down and speak to anyone who might have seen Mr Roberts that Saturday evening. I'd urge anyone who thinks they saw him perhaps walking back from the shop or anywhere in the area to contact us with any information at all"

– Detective Superintendent Roger Ford, Northumbria Police
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