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Company pleads guilty after man's death

A company has admitted blame over the death of a teenage worker at a Wearside dockyard.

Engineer Jason Burden, 19, from South Shields, died after a piece of metal machinery, weighing almost a tonne, fell on him as he worked at South Docks in Sunderland in December 2011.

A post mortem examination showed Jason died from chest and abdominal injuries.

Tyne Slipway and Engineering were charged following and investigation by the Health and Safety Executive and directors from the firm appeared at Newcastle Crown Court today.

Dominic Adamson, representing the firm, entered a guilty plea to a charge of failing to discharge a duty on its behalf.

The company is expected to be sentenced this week and the hearing continues.

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Burglar jailed for 39 months

Burglar Steven Burr Credit: Northumbria Police

A burglar from Newcastle has been jailed for more than three years. Steven Burr, 31, of Wilbury Place, Newcastle, was sentenced to 39 months for burglary and attempted burglary.

Early on Tuesday, October 1, police were called to an address at Two Ball Lonnen, following a report that a man had broken into a house and stolen property. Police responded and Burr was arrested in the area. Further enquiries revealed an attempted burglay and a burglary at two takeaways.

Burr was subsequently charged with burglary and attempted burglary. All the stolen property was recovered by police.

Chief Inspector David Felton said: "Being broken into is hugely distressing and we're pleased this man will now face the consequences of the crimes he has committed.

Man charged with Hexham Heiress's Murder

Janet Brown Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man has appeared at Newcastle Crown Court charged with the murder of a woman from Northumberland who went missing more than 8 years ago.

59 year old Donald Graham from Seaton Delaval in Northumberland is accused of murdering Janet Brown.

Heiress Ms Brown, from Hexham, disappeared in June 2005 just before she was able to claim her parents' estate.

Donald Graham has also been charged with two counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception and 13 counts of fraud.

Along with Mr Graham, Elizabeth Todd is jointly charged with him with forgery, conspiracy to commit fraud, and perverting the course of justice.

Both defendants denied all charges and their trial is due to start in May.

Judge James Goss QC remanded Graham in custody and granted Todd conditional bail.

Former chair of Cleveland Police Authority not guilty

The former chairman of Cleveland Police Authority has been found not guilty of a charge that he tried to intimidate a witness.

Dave Mccluckie was alleged to have visited his friend Peter Blythe on two separate occasions after discovering Mr Blythe had spoken to police officers investigating allegations of corruption within the Cleveland Force.

Dave McLuckie "delighted" to be cleared of intimidating a witness

The former Cleveland Police Authority Chairman, David McLuckie, told reporters outside Newcastle Crown Court that he was "delighted" to be cleared of intimidating a witness.

Earlier this year the 52-year-old local councillor was jailed for eight months for persuading a friend to accept his speeding points, to protect his career.

He is still on police bail in relation to another investigation, called Operation Sacristy.

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Former Cleveland Police Chair not guilty

The former chairman of Cleveland Police, Dave McLuckie, said he was "delighted" to be found not guilty of intimidating a witness.

Dave McLuckie was accused of saying "You don't know what I can do" to a witness Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

He said: "I'm absolutely delighted that the jury came to the decision that they did and I would like to thank them all for that.

"This has been a particularly horrendous year for me and my family. I'm glad its over, on this occasion, and what I'll do now is go back home, have a night out with my family and have a good Christmas."

Jury retires in McLuckie case

The jury in the trial of the former chairman of Cleveland police authority has retried to consider its verdict.

Dave McLuckie is accused of intimidating a witness in an ongoing police investigation looking at allegations of corruption within Cleveland police.

It's alleged Mr McLuckie threatened to make life difficult for 65-year-old Peter Blyth and visited him on two occasions after learning officers from Operation Sacristy had spoken to him. Mr McLuckie denies the charge.

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