A court has heard that an "embittered yet highly skilled" teenager planned to carry out a mass murder at Newcastle College.
The prosecution told Newcastle Crown Court that 19 year old Liam Lyburd - a former student at the college - had built up a collection of weapons and explosives.
Lyburd pleaded guilty to nine charges, relating to making five pipe bombs and two home-made explosive devices, possessing a gun and ammunition, and possessing CS gas.
He denied eight charges of possessing the items with intent to endanger life.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that, followings concerns raised about posts on Facebook, police went to the house where Lyburd lived with his mother and sister, and found a weapons stash.
Prosecutor Nick Dry said that Lyburd told the police he had intended to carry out a mass murder at Newcastle College that same day.
The jury heard that, after being arrested, he told detectives that it had been a fantasy that he had no intention of carrying out.
The court was told that his hatred for the college stemmed from the time he had spent there as a student in 2012, when he attended for just five weeks.
The case continues.
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A woman has had a locket stolen during an attempted bag snatch in Blyth.
A man on a bike approached the 44-year-old victim on Newsham Road and tried to grab the bag she was carrying.
She managed to keep hold of it but during the struggle the offender grabbed the locket she was wearing around her neck.
Northumbria Police have just released details of the attack which happened at 5:30pm on Friday, June 26.
The offender is described as being white, in his early 20s, of thin / medium build and with brown hair.
He was wearing a sky blue hooded top and blue jeans and was riding a black BMX bike.
Anyone with any information into the theft is asked to contact police in Blyth on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1125 260615.
Northumbria Police are appealing for information after a woman and child were approached by two men on a bus in Newcastle.
It happened on Thursday 7 May and police have released CCTV pictures of two men they want to speak to.
The men made abusive comments which made the woman and child feel threatened. They reported it to the driver, who ordered the men off the bus.
It is believed the pair may be from, or have links to, the Cowgate area. Anyone who recognises them is asked to contact the police.
A man who was found in the River Tyne on Sunday May 31 is that of missing Craig Millward, from Hebburn, South Tyneside.
Officers from Northumbria Police say their sympathies are with Mr Millward's family at a difficult time.
A candlelit vigil will take place tonight to remember a cow shot dead by police in Wallsend.
A Facebook page set up to remember 'Bessie' - who was given the name after her death - already has more than 6,000 'likes'.
Police shot dead the escaped cow following a massive operation involving armed officers and a helicopter.
The cow was one of three to escape from a farm in Wallsend on Sunday 17 May.
Now a Facebook page called RIP Wallsend Cow is attracting followers from across the country.
They're being urged to "Light a Candle for Bessie' at 6.30pm in Wallsend tonight.
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