BBC news for County Durham

Paul Booth murder: Accused claims shaking was playful

David Dearlove denies killing his stepson almost 50 years ago by swinging him against a fireplace.

Attacker posed as workman to rape woman in own home

The victim was approached in the street by a man who claimed her roof needed repair.

Budget 2017: Redcar Steelworks and Metro get funding

Several North East projects including the Metro and Redcar steelworks have got government funding.

Bradley Lowery's family get JustGiving fundraising award in his memory

The family of the the six-year-old who died from cancer raised £700,000.

Live BBC World News

Egypt mosque attack: At least 184 killed in Sinai

The gun and bomb assault took place near al-Arish in the restive Sinai region.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa takes power and vows to serve all citizens

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president, returned from exile to take up office.

Oscar Pistorius jail term for killing Reeva Steenkamp more than doubled

The family of murdered girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp say the ruling means she can now rest in peace.

North Korea digs DMZ trench after recent defection

The North fortifies the spot where one of its soldiers defected last week.

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