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CUSTODY: Defendant Jonathan Liddle remanded in custody after his 'guilty' pleas to motoring offences at Durham Crown Court

'Stop or go to prison' - judge's warning to drivers who ignore police sirens

ON TRIAL: Vaughan Dodds

'We are not dishonest,' former Blair bodyguard tells fraud trial

MANE ATTRACTION: Visitors make their way through Lambton Lion Park in the 1970s

Housing bid for historic estate to save heritage

VENUE: Monthly meetings will take place in St Nicholas Church, in Durham City

Grandparents' support group seeks new members

LUCKY: Gas hobs left on in Gilesgate flat

Landlord's warning after lucky escape as gas hobs left on in flat

CONTROVERSIAL SCHEME: Resident John Austin and others who oppose plans to build houses on farmland at Sherburn Village

Decision day for Sherburn homes scheme

SUPERMARKET: The site of a proposed new supermarket for Bowburn. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Could Bowburn finally get a supermarket?

SMILE: Jasmine takes delivery of life-changing trike

Generous Echo readers put a smile on Jasmine's face

SPLASH: 9-year-old Marcey Dawson playing in the Splash Pad at Chester-le-Street's Riverside Park play area. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (36946011)

Splash down for park's new water attraction

TRIAL: Former police officer Vaughan Dodds, who served on the armed protection team at the constituency home of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, pictured leaving Teesside Crown Court today where he is on trial accused of benefits fraud

Tony Blair's former body guard attempted suicide three times, jury of fraud case hear

JAILED: Machete carrier Neil Mundy jailed for 14 months over incident in Bishop Auckland last month.

Chester-le-Street man who abandoned machete in stranger's home jailed

MAGNA CARTA: Historian Dr Christian Liddy with Durham Cathedral's unique 1216 issue of Magna Carta, which has been on display this summer. Picture: TOM BANKS

25,000 see Durham's Magna Carta - show closes Monday

OVERTURNED: The aftermath of the incident

Woman cut free from car crash on Durham high street

CHEERS: Peter Lawson, chairman of Durham Camra and an organiser of the Durham Beer Festival, pulls a pint with Yousef Daubooni, marketing manager at Camerons brewery. Picture: MARK TALLENTIRE

Students toast success at Durham Beer Festival

CAMPAIGN: Opponents of Hargreaves' plans to opencast near Pittington

More talks on opencast plan as inquiry draws near



INJURED: Adam Matthews

Sunderland defender ruled out for six weeks

DONE DEAL: Ola Toivonen has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan from Rennes (Picture: Sunderland FC)

Sunderland confirm Toivonen signing

Newcastle vs Arsenal (Saturday, 12.45pm)

Bootroom Banter: Newcastle vs Arsenal

Aston Villa vs Sunderland (Saturday, 3pm)

Bootroom Banter: Aston Villa vs Sunderland

STRUGGLE: Phil Mustard's laboured for 62 balls to score 31

Durham defeated by Derbyshire in Second XI final

FINAL FLING: Durham's Phil Mustard. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Second XI final is a chance for Mustard to impress

BIG IMPACT: Siem de Jong (right) celebrates scoring Newcastle's second goal in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Northampton Town

De Jong determined not to be cast as Newcastle's 'forgotten man'

TRANSFER TARGET: Former Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman is set to leave Napoli this summer

Sunderland hoping for double overseas transfer breakthrough

GREAT START: Florian Thauvin (number 20) scored one goal and set up three others in Newcastle's 4-1 win over Northampton

Haidara hails Thauvin after dream first start

IN DEMAND: Jonathan de Guzman, pictured while playing for Swansea City

De Guzman's agent provides transfer update - with possible move to Sunderland still on

MAJOR DOUBT: Laurent Koscielny (right) is set to miss Arsenal's weekend trip to Newcastle because of a back injury

Key Arsenal duo set to miss out on facing the Magpies

MAIN MAN: Newcastle's Florian Thauvin, centre, celebrates with Siem De Jong and team mates after the Dutchman scored Newcastle's second goal of the evening

Thauvin debut leaves Steve McClaren purring

SHAKY DEFENDING: Sunderland conceded three goals to Exeter City as they made the Capital One Cup third round

Advocaat bemoans defensive flaws as Sunderland set up Man City date

YOUNG GUN: Duncan Watmore celebrates with Jack Rodwell during Sunderland's League Cup win over Exeter

Guest Blog: What state are Sunderland in after their opening four games?

National Sport

Mitch Achurch will make his Wembley debut after getting the nod for a place on the Leeds bench

Keinhorst the Wembley odd man out for Challenge Cup finalists Leeds Rhinos

Dafne Schippers stormed to the world 200m crown

Dafne Schippers defends performance following 200m gold in Beijing

Great Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson did not enjoy her time in Beijing

Katarina Johnson-Thompson left to rue the "worst week" of her life

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham face a long trip to Azerbaijan in the Europa League

Tough Europa League draw for Tottenham

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