A collection of Mary Ann Cotton's letters will be auctioned on Wednesday February 27th. Known as the 'Black Widow' was executed in March 1873 for murdering her seven year old step-son Charles after she killed him with arsenic.
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A devolution deal has been agreed between the government and Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils.
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