Daniel Dodsworth denies Alan Youngson murder

Alan Youngson Alan Youngson was reported missing on 15 August

A man has denied murdering a 25-year-old whose body was found in woodland close to the A1 motorway near Darlington.

Daniel Dodsworth, 28, pleaded not guilty to killing Alan Youngson during a hearing at Teesside Crown Court.

Mr Youngson went missing from his home in Darlington on 15 September and was discovered on 7 October. He died of head injuries, police said.

Mr Dodsworth, of Branksome Green in the town, will go on trial on 7 April.

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    A County Durham head teacher has pleaded not guilty to sex offences against a boy, dating back 25 years, BBC News Online reports.

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    BBC Newcastle: A County Durham head teacher has pleaded not guilty to sex offences against a boy dating back 25 years

     
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    Claims that cobbles along the length of Stockton high street are to be replaced with Tarmac have been rubbished by the council, BBC News Online reports.

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    Caravan of love or hate? 15:49: Neil Green BBC Tees

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    Another photograph from the competition to capture the beauty of Northumberland.

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    Arcade robbery appeal 15:27: BBC Newcastle

    Police investigating a robbery at an amusement arcade in Newcastle are making a fresh appeal for information.

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    A man went into Noble Amusements on Clayton Street on the evening of 5 April and held a sharp object to a staff member's neck before leaving with cash.

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    How safe are young drivers? 08:48: Alfie Joey BBC Newcastle

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    Connor Wickham scores for Sunderland

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