A woman accused of murdering her partner and concealing his body in a freezer tells court she knew nothing about it until after he was dead.
A man from South Shields has pleaded guilty to using Facebook to make threats to kill 200 American school children.
An elderly neighbour of murdered pensioner Judith Richardson, whose fingerprints were on a hammer found nearby, gives evidence in court.
"I’m pleased with the outcome given today. Wayne Scott is a sexual predator who has been a disgrace to the office of constable and deserves to be behind bars.
"Scott was arrested in August 2011 following on-duty allegations and subsequently suspended and dismissed. Our objective since has been to discover whether his behaviour was more widespread and to protect the public from him. That objective has now been achieved.
"The offences for which Scott has been convicted of today occurred off-duty but as a police officer he knew better than most the severity of his crimes. He was a disgrace to the disgrace to his uniform and there can be no place for people like him in the police service.
– Detective Superintendent Peter McPhillips
“I want to pay tribute to his victims for their strength and courage in going through the court process and helping us to achieve this result. I hope it sends a positive message to victims of sexual abuse that we will listen to them and support them in bringing people to justice – regardless of the perpetrator’s profession or standing.
“I would appeal to anyone who believes that they may have been a victim of Wayne Scott to come forward by calling officers on the dedicated number 01642 302286 or on the non-emergency number 101.”
A former Cleveland police officer has been found guilty of multiple counts of rape, assault and inciting a child to sexually touch him. Wayne Scott, 37, had earlier pleaded guilty to seven counts of rape and two physical assaults against one woman.
He also pleaded guilty to two counts of inciting a child to sexually touch him, and one of sexual assault against a child. Today, November 1, he was found guilty of the attempted rape and rape of another woman.
Former Cleveland police officer Wayne Scott has been found guilty of rape and attempted rape at Newcastle Crown Court.
More to follow.
A former police officer on trial for three sexual offences has admitted raping a different woman seven times.
Wayne Scott, 37, formerly of Stockton, is accused of one charge of rape, one of attempted rape and sexual assault.
Today, on the third day of the trial, Newcastle Crown Court heard that he had already pleaded guilty to raping another woman seven times over a number of years.
But he denies the three charges made against him in this trial.
Today extracts from police interviews with Scott were read out, in which he referred to himself as "highly sexed".
In extracts from police interviews he said: "I can say it here and say it proud, I have never raped [the alleged victim]." The trial continues.
A man claimed to have taken ricin inside Newcastle Crown Court.
The 39-year-old told police he had swallowed several tablets of the chemical inside on the court rooms at the court in the city.
The man was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "A 39-year-old man was taken ill at Newcastle Crown Court at 11.39am.
"He was taken to the RVI where he is receiving treatment."
A court has heard that a convicted killer, who's accused of murdering a school-boy 23 years ago, showed no signs of mental health problems while previously in police custody.
42 year old Steven Grieveson has admitted killing Simon Martin but denies murder, based on the grounds of diminished responsibility for his actions. Jonny Blair reports.
Serial killer Steven Grieveson claimed to have been a glue-sniffer since the age of 11, jurors have heard.While being interviewed, at his own request, in January last year he confessed he had killed 14-year-old Simon Martin in 1990.
And he told police he had an addiction to sniffing glue which meant he needed to take it every day - including the day he killed the schoolboy in Sunderland.Grieveson, formerly of Roker Avenue in Sunderland, was convicted in 1996 of the murders of David
He is now being tried at Newcastle Crown Court where he denies Simon's murder, on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The trial continues.
A court has heard a pathologist's report which says Simon Martin died 'as a result of a brain injury'.
– Pathologist report
"His death was as a result of brain injury.
"There are likely to have been four or more blows."
The accused, Steven Grieveson, denies the charge of murder.
The trial of a convicted serial killer has resumed. Steven Grieveson, 42, has admitted to killing,but not murdering 14-year-old Simon Martin in 1990.