A conman who murdered a County Durham woman and then went about emptying her bank accounts has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.
Rakesh Bhayani stabbed Carole Waugh to death and hid her body, and then spent most of her life's earnings on luxury hotels, prostitutes and designer goods.
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A teacher has been banned from the classroom for life after an affair with a 16-year-old girl who he told he wanted to run away with.
Durham County Council is warning people will be investigated and face prosecution if they are caught fly-tipping during Christmas.
Burglars broke into a newly married couple's home while they were on honeymoon and stole both wedding and Christmas presents.