Durham Federation of Schools head Anne Lakey charged with sex abuse

A head teacher who has won praise for her "inspirational leadership" has been charged with sexually abusing a boy under the age of 16.

As chief executive of the Durham Federation of Schools, Anne Lakey, 53, oversaw major GCSE result improvements.

She is accused of eight sexual offences which are alleged to have occurred in the late 1980s. They do not relate to a pupil at a school where she worked.

Ms Lakey is due to appear at Consett Magistrates' Court on 7 January.

She has been suspended from her chief executive post.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Ms Lakey faces four counts of indecent assault, two counts of gross indecency and two of incitement to commit gross indecency.

Durham Federation of Schools includes Durham Community Business College, in Ushaw Moor, and Fyndoune Community College, in Sacriston.

In 2012 Fyndoune was named the country's most improved secondary school after the number of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs, including maths and English, rose from 26% to 80%.

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    Matthew Jordan press conference 16:12:

    The parents of Middlesbrough student Matthew Jordan, whose body was found in Cumbria yesterday, have spoken to the media in Windermere.

    Matthew Jordan press conference

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    Funding for high-speed trains 16:03:

    Japanese firm Hitachi has secured £2.7bn of funding for its contract to bring new high-speed trains to a key London to Scotland route.

    Hitachi train

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    Phil Bardsley

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    Liam Bridcutt

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    13:45: Mark Denten Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

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    Yorkshire Belle
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    Man dies in Gateshead house fire 12:55:

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    Missing man helpers thanked 12:50:

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    Eight held in immigration raids 12:42: Newcastle Chronicle
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    Matthew Jordan

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    Drugs raid on Teesside 12:24:

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    Getting ready for the Passion 12:15: Chris Conway BBC Newcastle

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    I'm at the official opening of Redcar's offshore wind farm this afternoon. Now I don't know if it's the French influence from owners EDF, but there's a sensational buffet on offer.

    Buffet at Redcar windfarm launch
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    Football wage bills revealed 11:54: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    A new Sportingintelligence report claims Newcastle United pay their first-team players an average of £1,591,000 a year - or £30,600 a week. This puts them 88th in the global money list, although this was a 4.3% drop on last year. Their total wage bill is now an eye-watering £39,793,000 a year.

    Sunderland stand at 109th in the table with their players getting an average of £1,452,000 each - or about £28,000 a week. Nice work if you can get it...

    Lee Cattermole

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    Little surprise in South Shields 11:35:

    Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix has surprised those going to audition for the X Factor in South Shields by making an appearance to wish them good luck.

    Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix

    The group won the competition in 2011 and have since had chart success on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Care homes decision due 11:27:

    Look North political correspondent Mark Denten tweets: Durham Council Exec meeting in Crook to make decision on whether to close county's last 5 elderly peoples care homes.

    Durham County Council cabinet meeting
    Man City 'highest paid' team 11:19:

    Manchester City are the highest paid team in global sport with first-team players getting an average annual wage of £5.3m, according to Sportingintelligence's report.

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    A66 tanker collapse picture 11:11:

    Durham Police's road policing unit tweets: Lingfield Point Darlington slip road closed due to overturned tanker. A66 East Bound carriageway passable with care.

    Scene of overturned tanker on the A66
    News on the hour 10:57:

    The top headlines at 11:00 include:

    More people finding work 10:52: Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    More people in the North East are finding work, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

    Employment in the region rose by 12,000 to 632,000 in the last quarter.

    Job centre
    Take me oooooonnn! 10:42: Lloyd Watson BBC News

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    North East unemployment down 10:32:

    Unemployment between December and February in the North East dropped by 10,000, taking the total to 124,000.

    However, the region's rate of unemployment remains the highest in the country at 9.3%, according to the Office for National Statistics.

    Sunrise in Seaham 10:23:

    Stuart Wright captured the sun rising in Seaham in County Durham.

    Sunrise in Seaham

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    Food bank users rise 10:13:

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    Poyet says he won't quit SAFC 10:07:

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has dismissed suggestions he is on the verge of quitting the club.

    Gus Poyet

    The Black Cats, who face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium tonight, are seven points from safety at the bottom of the Premier League with six games remaining.

    "It looks to me that people are expecting me to walk out," Poyet said. "I don't know why they have that impression. I'm not going to quit."

    News on the hour 09:58:

    The top headlines at 10:00 include:

    Braintree 0-0 Gateshead 09:53:

    Gateshead had keeper Adam Bartlett to thank for maintaining fifth spot with his late penalty save ensuring a point against rivals Braintree.

    Gateshead keeper Adam Bartlett

    Braintree had 18 shots during the match while Gateshead only managed one shot, which wasn't on target.

    Baton-bearers chosen 09:44:

    Brendan Foster and triple jumper Jonathan Edwards will carry the Queen's baton in Newcastle and Gateshead as part of celebrations for the Commonwealth Games.

    Dame Kelly Holmes, president of Commonwealth Games England, said: "Our England baton-bearers are going to play a crucial part when the Queen's Baton Relay arrives in England on May 31st.

    "They have all been selected due to their passion for sport and the way in which they share this with their communities and look to get people involved and active."

    Another warm one today 09:35:

    Here's the weather for Newcastle this afternoon - looking balmy!

    Weather in Newcastle
    Missing Thomas Diggle found dead 09:28:

    Thomas Diggle, 92, who had been missing from sheltered accommodation in Corbridge, Northumberland, has been found dead.

    Thomas Diggle

    His body was found at the Northumbrian Water transfer station in Riding Mill, Hexham. Police said no third party was involved.

    Body found in River Tyne 09:18:

    The body of a woman has been found on the banks of the River Tyne in Newcastle.

    It comes after police were called to the Redheugh Bridge in Gateshead yesterday following reports of concern for a woman. Officers are in the process of identifying the body.

    Wind farm set to 'open' 09:08: Lee Johnson BBC Tees

    The Redcar offshore wind farm officially opens today. I'll have more with @alibrownlee on @BBCTees.

    News on the hour 08:59:

    The top headlines at 09:00 include:

    Primary school choice 08:57: Nicki Hornby BBC Newcastle

    About 600,000 children across England are discovering which primary school they will attend this September. It's the first time that all local authorities have announced their decisions on the same day.

    The Government says it will make the process less confusing and stressful but rising demand for places means many families will miss out on their preferred choice.

    How much does it matter which primary school you go to? Call BBC Newcastle 0191 232 6565 or tweet @bbcnewcastle

    House fire in living room 08:49:

    County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service tweets: House fire at Seaham was a small fire in ground floor living room.

    Concerns over PoundPub 08:44: Evening Gazette Newspaper

    The first customers at Stockton's PoundPub have said it was a good thing for the town, but local councillors have expressed concerns.

    Man charged with murder 08:37:

    A 49-year-old man has been charged with murder after a woman's body was found on Teesside.

    Police van in Hartlepool

    The body of the 50-year-old woman was found at an address in Eddleston Walk, Hartlepool, shortly after 01:00 yesterday. The man will appear before Hartlepool magistrates later.

    Care home future discussed 08:29: Ali Brownlee BBC Tees

    We're talking about Durham County Council's cabinet which is meeting today to decide on the future of five care homes in the county.

    Listen live here.

    Road closed: A66 in Darlington 08:19:

    BBC Travel News is now reporting the closure on the A66 is because of an overturned water tanker, not an oil tanker as previously thought.

    The road is closed in both directions between the A67 junction and Great Burdon Roundabout.

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    Sporting heroes chosen as baton-bearers 08:10:

    Great North Run creator Brendan Foster and triple jumper Jonathan Edwards have been named as sporting heroes who will carry the baton as part of the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay.

    The relay will tour Newcastle and Gateshead on Friday 13 June, visiting local landmarks and acting as the centrepiece for events happening to celebrate the countdown to Glasgow 2014.

    The baton is visiting 70 Commonwealth nations and territories ahead of the Games' opening ceremony on 23 July.

    Sunshine will turn hazy 08:04:

    After a cold start it will be dry with sunny spells. Sunshine will turn hazy in the afternoon. Cloud will thicken by the evening but it should stay dry. Winds will freshen a little in the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

    Overturned oil tanker 08:01:

    The A66 in Darlington is closed at the A67 junction because of an overturned oil tanker, reports BBC Travel news.

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