Tony Blair is on Tyneside to visit a sport complex in Gosforth which has benefitted his from foundation.
He met with volunteer coaches at Newcastle Cricket Centre.
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Emergency services were rushed to the property on Belle Grove West, Newcastle at 12.27am on Monday and put out the flames.
The couple held hands throughout the hearing, pleading not guilty to all charges in connection with the death of Jackson Curtis Howell.
The 57-year-old, from Redcar, was arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of two counts of sexual assault. He remains in police custody.