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Newcastle footballer Nile Ranger convicted of assaulting two police officers

Nile Ranger Credit: PA

Newcastle United footballer Nile Ranger has been convicted of two counts of assault by beating against two police officers.

But he was cleared of two counts of actual bodily harm on two members of the public.

Ranger was on a night out in Newcastle with his cousin on August 27 last year.

At about 2am he was approached by a group of white males and a confrontation ensued which resulted in Ranger, 21, punching two of them.

But Newcastle Crown Court heard that the footballer had been the victim of racial taunts and that his actions were in self-defence.

He fled the scene but, when police tried to detain him, he twice pushed them away, causing minor injuries.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay £750 to each officer

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Professor in court charged with vandalising cars

A Newcastle University professor has appeared in court charged with vandalising cars. Words like 'silly', 'really wrong' and 'arbitrary' were scratched on to 24 cars in Jesmond, in Newcastle, with a screwdriver one night in August.

47-year-old Stephen Graham faces four charges of causing criminal damage. He didn't enter a plea at Newcastle Magistrates court and was given unconditional bailed to reappear at court next month.

University professor to appear in court charged with criminal damage

A Newcastle University professor alleged to have vandalised cars in a late-night wrecking spree failed to attend court because of lecturing commitments.

Stephen Graham, 47, a professor at Newcastle University is charged with four counts of criminal damage in relation to an incident in August.

24 cars in the Jesmond area of Newcastle were damaged with a screwdriver, used to carve insults into the cars including " very silly" and "arbitrary".

Mr Graham, of Lansdowne Road, Jesmond, was due to appear at Newcastle Magistrates court this morning but the court heard he was busy lecturing.

Graham is a lecturer in the Architecture, Planning and Landscape department of Newcastle University, and specialises in the study of cities and society.

"If in fact he wasn't a professor the reality is I would be saying 'Why isn't he here?' It is not a good enough excuse. Justice is something that must be seen to be done. He will appear before me at 2.15pm or I will be issuing a warrant for his arrest."

– District Judge Stephen Earl,

Driver guilty over man's bus death

A bus driver from Darlington has been found guilty of causing death by careless driving after a man was knocked under his bus.

David Luck, 59, was on trial at Teesside Crown Court after Paul Siddoway, 40, was run over by the vehicle he was driving.

Mr Siddoway had tried to get on the last evening bus service from Middlesbrough to Darlington on October 25 last year. After letting other passengers on the bus, Luck closed the doors and pulled away - without Mr Siddoway, who was waiting with his sick terrier wrapped in a blanket.

The court heard he began to bang on the doors to try to get them to open but he was knocked down and struck by the bus wheels.

The jury found Luck not guilty of the of causing death by dangerous driving.

Sentencing was delayed until a later date for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.

Trial date set over child's death

Karl Walker and Courtney Ormston will go on trial at Newcastle Crown Court over death of two-month-old baby Logan Ormston Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A mother and her former partner are to go on trial over the death of a two-month-old baby.

Logan Ormston was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital from Montrose Crescent in Gateshead in Gateshead last year.

Montrose Crescent in Gatehead Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

He'd suffered severe head injuries. His mother's then partner Karl Walker denies murder and causing or allowing the death of a child.

His mother Courtney Ormston denies causing or allowing the death of a child. Their trial will start on April 10th next year at Newcastle Crown Court.

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