The former chairman of Cleveland Police Authority Dave McLuckie has been sentenced to eight months in prison after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
Dan Ashby sent this lunchtime report from Newcastle Crown Court.
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Police investigating an attempted dog theft in Dalton near Thirsk have issued an e-fit of one of the suspects.
People are setting their festive spending budgets higher in the NE than anywhere else in the country.
After a wet start to the Christmas week things will slowly improve.