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The brothers, known for their catchphrase “To me, to you”, will sit it on lunchtime news conferences at Northern Echo

Chapman was a manipulative liar who used the internet to kill

Facebook gave Peter Chapman the means of luring a vulnerable girl to her death, reports Jonathan Brown

Tragic Ashleigh was a 'typical teenager'

Ashleigh Hall was a "typical teenager" who dropped her clothes on her bedroom floor and spent hours chatting to friends online, her mother said.

Drink driver caught after making v-sign to Durham chief constable

As errors of judgement go, it was instantly regrettable. A drunk driver was today banned from the roads for five years and given a 12-week suspended jail sentence after sticking two fingers up at a fellow motorist, only to find that it was the chief constable of Durham.

Sex offender denies murdering teenager

A convicted sex offender today denied the kidnap, rape and murder of teenager Ashleigh Hall whom he allegedly met on the internet.

Coroner to hold inquest into patient deaths

A coroner will hold an inquest into the deaths of three patients who a doctor was cleared of murdering, police confirmed today

I Am The Gloryhunter, by Spencer Austin

The "football supporter's story of a season" genre has been well mined: man follows ups and downs of his team, man visits every League ground with a fridge on his head, and so on. But Spencer Austin has found a new angle.

UK's first official twitterer appointed

A teacher has been appointed the country's first Twitterer-in-Residence by his home town.

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Education officials spent £10m on first-class fares

Education officials have run up a £10m bill for the taxpayer from first-class rail travel over the last three years. Civil servants bought an estimated 60,000 first-class tickets between 2006 and 2009. The scale of the spending – equivalent to just over 300 teachers' salaries or four new primary schools – provoked anger among opposition MPs and parents' leaders.

No more fake web IDs, pleads victim's mother

The mother of a teenager allegedly killed by a man she met on the internet today urged social networking sites to stop people creating false on-line identities.

Ashleigh Hall death: Man in court

A homeless man will appear in court today charged with the manslaughter and kidnap of a teenage girl whose body was found in a field.

Man held over death of girl he met on Facebook

A teenage girl whose body was found in a field was said last night to have been lured into a meeting by a man posing on the internet as a 16-year-old boy.

Windass announces retirement

Dean Windass has officially announced his retirement as a professional footballer.

£4m payout for woman left brain-damaged

The husband of a brain-damaged woman who has been awarded more than £4 million after medical mistakes left her with a 10-minute memory said today the payout was a "huge relief" but that their lives had been "torn apart".

The good, the bad and the naked of London's Plinth

From the man in the skin-tight yellow Morph suit to the existential humanitarian who did absolutely nothing, 2,400 people have now climbed the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square to take part in Antony Gormley's artwork.

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