Conman Rakesh Bhayani has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 27 years for murdering County Durham woman Carole Waugh.
Bhayani stabbed Miss Waugh to death and went about spending hundreds of thousands of pounds of her money.
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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.