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Brothers jailed for people trafficking and fraud

Two brothers who trafficked people from Poland and sent them to work at Sports Direct are now behind bars.

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Joan Barnett died months after she was pushed over in her Sunderland home when she was targeted by the gang.

Gang members who preyed on OAP and conned vulnerable victims out of cash jailed for their ‘sickening’ crimes

Three members of a gang who preyed on elderly and vulnerable people across the North East have today been put behind bars.

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Gareth Dack

Man accused of Hartlepool pensioner’s murder was short of cash and had drug habit, court told

An alleged murderer of a pensioner was regularly short of cash and had a cocaine habit, a jury has been told.

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Joan Barnett died months after she was pushed over in her Sunderland home when she was targeted by the gang.

Gang members who preyed on OAP and conned vulnerable victims out of cash jailed for their ‘sickening’ crimes

Three members of a gang who preyed on elderly and vulnerable people across the North East have today been put behind bars.

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Almost 8,000 motorists were caught using a mobile phone while drivinglast year.

Brake welcomes police crackdown on drivers using mobiles

A police campaign to catch drivers who break the law by using mobiles at the wheel was today welcomed by road safety charity Brake.
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Hairdresser accused of deliberately infecting lovers with HIV to appear in court

A hairdresser accused of deliberately infecting a string of male lovers with HIV will appear in court.
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Vulnerable pensioner, 77, hit with coal shovel by raiders who stole his life savings

A vulnerable pensioner was hit over the head with his coal shovel before having his life savings stolen by a gang of men, police said.

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Missing Hartlepool man Shaun Bate.

Missing Hartlepool man found safe and well in Newcastle

Missing Hartlepool man Shaun Bate has been found safe and well in Newcastle.

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Police are clamping down on drivers who use their mobile behind the wheel

Police forces warn of ‘zero-tolerance’ crackdown on drivers using mobile phones

Police are cracking down on danger drivers using their mobile phone while behind the wheel.

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Gareth Dack

Hartlepool murder accused had porn stashed on phones

A stash of pornography was found on mobile phones used by the man accused of murdering foster mother Norma Bell.

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Eileen Brennan died after she was hit by a bus in Darlington.

Bus driver blames mechanical failure for crash which killed pensioner

A bus driver accused of causing the death of a pensioner blames mechanical failure for the crash, a court heard.

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Victim Tony Stokoe and his wife Marie.

Widow's heartache as danger driver is jailed for six years for killing her husband

A widow has spoken of her devastation at losing her husband who was killed by a danger driver.
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Final day of Hartlepool Law Court

Closure of Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court ends six centuries of legal heritage

Six centuries of justice in Hartlepool came to an end as the town’s magistrates’ court closed its doors for the last time.

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Murder victim Norma Bell.

‘Strong chance’ murder accused rang Babestation from victim’s home, court heard

A speech expert told a jury there is a “strong chance” that alleged murderer Gareth Dack was the person who called an adult TV station from the victim’s home.

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Boy beaten and hat thrown in beck during gang attack

Police are appealing for information after a 10-year-old boy was assaulted in a park.
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Eight out of every 100 people have been victims of fraud.

Fraud is most common crime, with one in 10 falling victim

Fraud is now by far the most commonly perpetrated crime - with nearly one in 10 adults falling victim to scams.

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Cleveland Chief Constable Iain Spittal, left, and Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger. Pic: PA.

Police chiefs meet Government minister in call for fair funding deal

Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable for Cleveland have met with the Policing Minister to call for the force area not to be forgotten in plans for the new police funding formula.

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Conmen use iTunes vouchers to generate cash by targetting vulnerable people

iTunes scammers steal £7,000 from elderly woman, 80

An elderly woman was tricked out of £7,000 within a matter of days after conman used an iTunes scam to drain her of cash.

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Norma Bell

Carer saw man with TV similar to item stolen from Norma Bell

A jury in the murder trial of Gareth Dack heard a man was seen carrying a television in the street similar to one stolen from Norma Bell.

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Norma Bell

Foster son of alleged murder victim Norma Bell tells of last visit to his 'much-appreciated' mum

A foster son of alleged murder victim Norma Bell has told a jury of the last time he saw his mother alive.
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