For the first time since GCSE exams began, the number of passes has fallen in the region. The Government says it will take action on schools where pupils don't get enough passes. A number of schools have said they are questioning their grades.
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Kerrie Gosney brings you Saturday night's forecast
Showers becoming heavy and thundery Saturday afternoon. Drier for a large part of Sunday
Robert Hodgson, from Stanley, County Durham, committed the offences on the girls, aged as young as five or six, up to the age of 13.