Sunderland house hit in suspected arson attack owned by 'underworld enforcer' Alan Smart

A home at the centre of an arson inquiry belongs to a "Teflon Don" who is serving a jail term for endangering life by setting fire to houses.

Sunderland house fire under arson investigation after early-hours blaze

An inquiry has been launched by police after a fire left a house severely damaged by smoke.
Quyen Ngoc Nguyen.

Killer on trial for murder claims 'deranged' Sunderland co-accused committed the crime

A killer on trial for the murder of a mum who was burned alive in her abandoned car has told jurors his 'deranged' co-accused committed the crime.

Trevor Palmer sleeping at the scene of the crime.

Drunken thief fell asleep behind bar at crime scene after Sunderland nightclub raid

A boozed-up burglar was caught in the act when he fell asleep behind the bar of a nightclub he was raiding.
Kieran Patel.

Disgraced former Sunderland teacher jailed over Facebook ticket scam

A disgraced teacher who was banned from classrooms in England after voicing a four-letter opinion about actor John Barrowman has now been jailed over a Facebook ticket fraud.


The 11 lowest-rated care homes in Sunderland

Today we reveal the lowest-rated care homes in Sunderland.

Family and friends of Quyen Ngoc Nguyen outside Newcastle Crown Court.

Murder accused 'was in relationship' with victim, court told

A man who is on trial for the murder of a mum who was raped then burned alive has told jurors he was in a relationship with the woman and had nothing to do with her death.

Quyen Ngoc Nguyen.

Accused murderers formed friendship as cellmates serving life sentences in prison

Two men accused of raping and setting fire to a young mum formed their friendship while they were cellmates serving life sentences for separate murders, jurors have heard.
Recent cases dealt with by magistrates include the following:

Harassing a hospital doctor, drink driving and possessing knives - the latest offences dealt with by magistrates

The following Sunderland cases have been dealt with by South Northumberland Magistrates Court:


16 pictures from a Big Night Out in Sunderland

There's nothing better than a Big Night Out with friends.

Pubs and Clubs
The scene of the alleged arson attack in 2012.

Jury sent home for weekend in arson trial of two Sunderland men

A jury considering its verdicts in the case of two men accused of a series of arsons will resume its deliberations on Monday.

Newcastle Crown Court.

Sunderland Twitter users admits encouraging terrorism on social media

A Twitter user has admitted encouraging terrorism and stirring up religious hatred using the social media site.

Victim Quyen Ngoc Nguyen.

Two men accused of raping and killing young mum have murdered before, jury hears

Two maintenance workers accused of raping a young mum then setting her and her car on fire both have previous murder convictions, jurors were told today.

Police close to the scene where Quyen Nguyen was found.

Murder trial jurors shown footage of suspect posing with gun

Jurors have watched bizarre video footage of a man on trial for murder posing with a gun.

Students Michael Beattie, Beth Cutting, Andrew Galloway, and Adam Liddle, celebrate their A Level results at Southmoor Academy last summer.

Sunderland school celebrates good report from education watchdogs

A Sunderland school is celebrating after a examination from education inspectors.

Friends and family of Quyen Nguyen at Newcastle Crown Court.

DNA on Marvel lounge pants suggests sexual activity between murder suspect and victim, court told

A pair of comic lounge pants revealed to police that a murder suspect may have had sex with the victim, a trial has heard.

Online pervert Craig Steinberg.

Trusted Sunderland bar boss made money by hacking women's private pictures and posting them on porn sites

A trusted bar manager hacked 272 iCloud accounts and posted his victims' private pictures on amateur porn sites.

Michael Price died 11 days after being involved in an incident in Chester-le-Street.

Second suspect appears on murder charge after attacked man dies in hospital

A second man has appeared in court accused of murder after the victim of a violent attack died in hospital.

A front view of a three bedroom house proposed as part of the 37million Chester Gate development in Sunderland

Revealed: How 500 new homes in Sunderland could look in major £37million plan

Plans to build 500 new homes in Sunderland as part of a £37million flagship development have been revealed today.
David Baker, who performs as rapper Baby B.'Pictures taken at the Bunker, Stockton Road, Sunderland.

Car spotted on CCTV was linked to alleged arson attack

A man caught using a mobile phone while driving was using a car allegedly involved in an arson attack.

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