A man accused of two murders has refused to attend court to hear the evidence against him. James Allen denies killing and robbing Colin Dunford in Middlesbrough and Julie Davison in Whitby last April.
Today a waitress told the jury that she had seen what she thought was blood on his sleeve whilst she was serving him in the days between the murders.
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A series of special pop up performances in Newcastle will mark the start of the Battle of the Somme.
Sir Peter Bazalgette will be among leading industry figures to be honoured by Sunderland University
Over two thousand men from the North East were killed in the battle. St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle is hosting today's commemorations.