Two more men will appear in court over allegations of abuse of young men at the former Medomsley Detention Centre.
The men, who are both former members of staff, are due to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on 24 October.
Ian Nicholson, 74, is charged with misconduct in a public office, three counts of serious sexual assault and four counts of actual bodily harm.
Alexander Flavell, 86, is also charged with misconduct in a public office, indecent assault, one serious sexual assault and four charges of actual bodily harm.
Earlier this year, five former prison officers were jailed for a total of more than 18 years for abusing former inmates at the centre following three separate crown court trails. Three are pictured below. All five have since appealed against their convictions. These are ongoing.
Since Operation Seabrook was launched by Durham Constabulary in August 2013, 1,884 men have come forward to report allegations of abuse while detained at the centre.
A jury at Newcastle Crown Court
has heard Mr Charlton was highly critical of Northumbria Police’s response to
alleged crimes committed by immigrants and asylum seekers, saying in a speech in April 2017 “our children deserve better protection".
heard Mr Charlton specifically criticised Supt Paul Milner, who
was in charge of policing part of Sunderland at the time, saying “that man is in
Giving evidence, Supt Milner said a police investigation into Mr Charlton’s speeches was launched in May 2017.
Asked by prosecution barrister Sharon Beattie whether Mr Charlton’s criticisms of the police would “cause you to have some sort of vendetta against Mr Charlton” Supt Milner replied “absolutely not”.
Billy Charlton, 55, of Byland Court Washington, denies all five charges and his trial at Newcastle Crown Court continues.
Peter Duncan, 52, was attacked outside a branch of Greggs in Newcastle city centre's Eldon Square shopping centre on 14 August.
Det Ch Insp Jane Fairlamb, of Northumbria Police, said: "This was a shocking
incident, in which a much-loved family man was murdered in an unprovoked attack
after a chance encounter.
"I want to make it crystal
clear it can never be acceptable for anyone to carry a weapon on our streets –
as this case highlights the consequences can be truly devastating.
"I would urge anyone who
thinks otherwise to think again. Not only could you destroy someone else’s life
and those of their loved ones but also think of the impact on your life and
that of your family and friends."
She also thanked people in Newcastle for their support saying the force was committed to making sure the streets are safe.
Universities 'in dark' over student mental health needs
Northumbria is one of the universities praised for taking their responsibilities seriously about students' mental health needs.
Concern is growing for a missing man from Newbiggin Hall, who hasn't been seen or heard from since yesterday lunchtime.
53-year-old Ian Wearns' last known location was his home on Shirlaw Close.
Northumbria Police have described him as 5ft 11in with short hair and hearing aids.
Gateshead fire: Four rescued from flat blaze
Firefighters have rescued four adults from a fire in a block of flats in Gateshead.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said a team of 12 firefighters tackled the blaze, which broke out in the Bensham area last night.
A crew from Byker in Newcastle also helped with the rescue.
Cadets praised after helping Great North Run spectator
Cadets gave a woman first aid after she collapsed while watching the Great North Run on Sunday.
The pensioner collapsed near the Hilton hotel on the Gateshead side of the Tyne Bridge.
The police cadets moved the crowds to give her space and gave her first aid until an ambulance crew arrived. She received treatment from medics but did not need to go to hospital.
Ch Insp David Pickett of Northumbria Police said: "The cadets that were
positioned with a community support officer near the Tyne Bridge reacted
quickly and stayed calm under pressure, offering the woman a much-needed
helping hand and managing the crowd of spectators nearby."
He said the credits were "a credit to the force."
Cancer experts focus on genes for cure
Experts trying to prevent and cure cancer in children are gathering in Newcastle.
A three-day conference will look at targeted treatments and analysis of affected DNA.
The focus of the event is genomic medicine -- using information about the genes that cause leukemia.
Prof Anthony Moorman is from Newcastle University's Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre.
He said a cure for cancer was "coming" and great advances had been made in genome medicine where treatment is tailored to individual patients based on their genetics.
'I feel lucky to have been given this life I love so very much'
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A woman who had her life saved three times thanks to transplant surgery is urging others to add their names to the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Linzi Saunders, 22, has received a bone marrow, heart and kidney transplants.
When she was born, she was diagnosed with two different types of leukemia and received a bone-marrow transplant from her brother James. The new treatment caused her to develop cardiomyopathy by the age of eight which meant she would need her second transplant, a heart.
Her third transplant, kidneys, saved her life again when Linzi developed the norovirus. The organs were donated by the mum-in-law of one of Linzi’s sisters.
Linzi, who will study her MA in Fine Art at Sunderland University, said: "I feel so lucky to have had them as each one has helped to continue the life I love so very much.
"Because of everything I have been through I now find my ambition in life is to promote organ donation whenever I can and however I can."
John Reid Road speeding clampdown
Local Democracy Reporter
Mobile speed cameras could soon patrol a busy South Tyneside road where a fifth of drivers break the 40 mile an hour limit.
Some 22,000 motorists use John Reid Road in South Shields every day, according to a council report.
Northumbria Police has recommended upgrading the road to a "level 1 community enforcement site" which could see it visited by a mobile speed camera every two weeks.
South Tyneside councillor Rob Dix said: "The speeds are unacceptable and I’m surprised no one has been killed over the last five years – it’s an accident waiting to happen."
Decision due on shipping crate business park plan
Plans for a £20m shipping container business park in North Tyneside will go before councillors today.
Billed as the first of its kind in the north east, Crate Park, next to Cobalt Business Park, would aim to be a springboard for new enterprises wanting to launch their businesses on the high street.
There are some concerns though that it will take business away from local shopping centres.
Family's tribute to 'much-loved man'
The family of a man who died when he was hit by a car near Durham has paid tribute to him.
Jake Paul Miller was struck on the A690 westbound carriageway in the early hours of Saturday and pronounced dead at the scene.
The family of the 24-year-old said: "He was a much loved son, brother, boyfriend, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend to all and will be sadly missed."
They thanked everyone for their support at "this impossibly difficult time".
The driver of the white Toyota Avensis was not hurt .
Durham Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time or has dashcam footage to contact them.
Three in court after suspected Tyne Tunnel credit card scam
Three men have appeared in court after a suspected £36,000 credit card scam at the Tyne Tunnel.
Tunnel staff became suspicious on Thursday night when the occupants of a black BMW asked to pay the toll by card
Northumbria Police believe "a refund card" had been used and the transaction was cancelled.
Two men, aged 25, were each charged with three counts of fraud by false representation while a third 25-year-old was charged with a single count of the same charge.
They were remanded in custody and will
appear at Newcastle Crown Court on 27 September.
Mental health incidents being dealt with by north east forces increases
BBC Look North
North East and Cumbria
There has been a dramatic rise in the number of mental health incidents being dealt with by our region's police forces.
Surgeons using 3D printers to aid spinal operations
BBC Look North
Surgeons at a Newcastle hospital are using the latest 3D printing technology to create models of patients' spines before they go in for surgery.
The RVI has become the first hospital in the North East to get an in-house 3D printing lab and has already used it to help 20 patients with conditions such as spina bifida and scoliosis.
The models are printed from CT scan images and cost about £1,000 each to produce.
They help surgeons study the exact shape of abnormalities in the spine before they get the patient on the operating table.
That has helped make operations shorter and less risky, according to doctors at the RVI.
The 3D printing lab is currently on trial but if it's successful it could be rolled out to other areas like heart, ankle and hip surgery.
Who's a good boy?
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A police dog has been praised after a busy night on duty where he found a vulnerable missing person and a driver who abandoned his car after a crash.
PD Zeeke and his handler PC Vicky Lott had their first success in the search for a missing 16-year-old who had left home and threatened to self-harm. Concerns grew when it was believed he was in possession of a knife.
Zeeke quickly located the teenager who was hiding up a tree, and who was then helped down by officers and referred to the appropriate services.
The pair were then deployed to South Shields where the driver of a car involved in a two-vehicle collision at the Tyne Dock roundabout had abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene.
Zeeke tracked through dense undergrowth before finding the suspect with a broken leg sustained as he tried to climb a metal fence. Paramedics took the man to hospital and he will be interviewed by officers as part of an investigation into the incident.
PC Lott says that her four-legged partner is “a great companion and a fantastic police dog”.
Freeview change for some North East viewers
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If you live in Tyne and Wear or County Durham, you may need to retune your TV to continue watching BBC programmes.
On 12 September, some Freeview channels are moving to new airwaves so new mobile broadband services can be developed.
Around 660,000 homes which are served by the Pontop Pike transmitter will be affected. Some TV equipment will retune automatically, older aerials may need to be replaced to continue receiving all channels including BBC One and BBC Two.
Further changes that may require another retune will take place on 13 November.