Firefighters have been tackling a large blaze in a takeaway in County Durham. The fire broke out in the Elite buildings on Front Street in Stanley on Monday . Several roads have been closed to traffic and a police cordon put in place. Thick smoke has been seen for many miles.
The mother of a man who was stabbed to death walked out of court yesterday after hearing that her son's teenage killers may be released by the time they are 30.
Janice Scott, whose son David Scott died two days before Christmas last year, shouted: "That's not enough for what they have done to my son, to my family."
Luke Garner and George Keane were told they would serve at least 14 years in prison for the murder. They were both just 16 years old when they attacked Mr Scott in a back lane in Stanley, County Durham on 23rd December. He was stabbed five times and died hours later.
During their trial at Newcastle Crown Court, they tried to blame each other for his death.
However, a jury found them guilty of a 'joint enterprise', of which they were both willing participants.
Judge James Goss said it was a "needless killing" and although he accepted that neither boy set out to kill Mr Scott, nonetheless in carrying and using a knife there was "always an inherent risk".
Yesterday, both boys were given indefinite prison sentences. If they serve the minimum term, they will be released when they are 30 years old, but will remain on licence for the rest of their lives.
David Scott, 33, had two young children who will now be looked after by his mother.
The family of a man who died after being hit a bus in Stanley have paid tribute to a "happy-go-lucky man who would have done anything to help anyone."
“Darren was a well-known and popular figure around the town of Stanley, having lived in the area all his life. He had many friends in the town with whom he enjoyed socialising and he had been on a night out when he was involved in this tragic accident.
“He was a ‘happy-go-lucky’ lad who would do anything to help anybody. He was particularly fond of spending time with his grandma, the rest of his family and his American Bulldog ‘Metz’.