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ACCOUNT: Accused Stanley Simpson told Durham Crown Court he can't understand why five men and two women would accuse him of abusing them when they were younger.

Man accused of serial child sex abuse tells court he is, "honest, soft-hearted and caring".

Keith and Sharon Rochester, of Houghton-le-Spring (55059748)

Cuban holiday maker’s condition has deteriorated

Club captain Steve Rose, new vice-captain Mal Fawcett, Julie Rose and 2014 club captain Tony Myers (55037218)

Brancepeth golf captain hands over £13,500 to air ambulance

REPAIRED: 'Grand Old Lady', St Mary Magdalene Church, at Belmont, following completion of roof and rainwater system repairs.

Grand Old Lady back to prime after completion of roof repairs

The damaged Vauxhall Corsa

A181 at Wingate, County Durham, closed after crash involving several vehicles

Kevin Keegan officially opens Spa at Ramside. Picture: TOM BNAKS (54940952)

King Kev returns to the North-East

Kevin Keegan officially opens Spa at Ramside. Picture: TOM BNAKS (54940952)

King Kev returns to the North-East

John Godber and Jane Thornton in Shafted!

The funny side of the Miners' Strike

North East Learning Resources Centre director Karenza Passmore with the Codex Sinaiticus facsimile. Picture: KEITH BLUNDY

Get your hands on digital version of world's oldest New Testament

Pupils from The Chorister School, Durham, sing Canon Rosalind Brown's Song 4 Lilian at Durham Cathedral, in support of Cathedral volunteer Lilian Groves, who has been shortlisted for Visit England's Tourism Superstar 2016 award. Picture: NORTH NEWS AND PI

Is it in the canon? Cathedral priest pens a 'Song 4 Lilian'

The Bradford Crescent campus, Gilesgate, which was formerly home to Durham Free School and Durham Gilesgate Youth and Community Association. Picture: DAVID WOOD

School to be bulldozed, fields saved - but what will be built?

Historian David Butler with Colin Wilkes, managing director of Durham Markets, pictured in Durham's Market Hall

A palace, a factory, a workhouse... discover history of Durham's Market Hall

Chloe Castro will be on The Voice this weekend  (54795414)

It’s only sausage roll, but I like it - Durham busker appears on The Voice

Mat Chaloner, chief sculptor at Glacial Art, creates an ice sculpture of a seahorse. Glacial Art will be creating the ice sculptures for Fire and Ice In Durham

Magical fire and ice festival planned for Durham

Michael Sadgrove

Emeritus role for retired Dean of Durham

An image from the Growing Tourism Locally campaign, promoting Durham at Kings Cross station in London

Tourism campaign worth £109m, study says



Sunderland's Yann M'vila (centre) and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (right) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Black Cats close, but no cigar

Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori see his shot go just over the bar during the Barclays Premier League at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Magpies signings must bed in quickly

REPORT: Acklam 15 Durham City 47

Acklam 15 Durham City 47: Durham rack up seven tries

England international Andros Townsend, pictured celebrating his goal in the friendly against Italy in Turin last March, has signed for Newcastle United

Striker would complete Magpies jigsaw

Steve Harper during a Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle. Picture: PA Wire

Black Cats need to be positive

REPORT: Dunston UTS 2 Durham City 0

Dunston UTS 2 Durham City 0: City slide down table as goal drought continues

Australia's John Hastings celebrates taking the wicket of England's James Taylor, during the fifth match of the Royal London One Day International Series at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

Durham bowler John Hastings makes case for cementing place in Australia one-day side

The Brandon ABC prospects and coaches line up. Picture: MICHAEL YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

Brandon boxers celebrate three awards after successful year

Sarah McFadden, who has signed for Durham Women from Sunderland Ladies

McFadden joins Durham Women

National Sport

Ben Stokes hit three of England's record 15 sixes in Bloemfontein

Unchanged England bowl first in second ODI against strong South Africa side

Jose Mourinho, left, and Louis van Gaal, right, are former touchline rivals

Manchester United refuse to comment on reports of Jose Mourinho talks

Pep Guardiola, left, will replace Manuel Pellegrini, right, as Manchester City boss in the summer

Future Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he can multi-task "like a woman"

Gloucester's James Hook kicked five penalties against Bath.

James Hook kicks Gloucester to victory over Bath

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