A man has been jailed for 23 years for raping a woman from County Durham on the Spanish island of Majorca and leaving her for dead.
Moroccan waiter Mohamed Fadel El Anssari raped and stabbed Cheryl Madidison with a kitchen knife.
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Three men have been jailed for a total of 26 years after the court heard how they terrorised vulnerable drivers in Newcastle.
The six-year-old from Newcastle has thanked strangers who paid for his cancer treatment so he could be here to meet his younger sibling.
County Durham topped the list with the highest number of complaints investigated by the RSPCA last year, totalling over three thousand.