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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 February, 2005, 10:26 GMT
Sketch of Cpl Kenyon, centre, and L/Cpl Cooley, right, in the Osnabruck courtroom
A judge tells a court martial panel to clear a Tyneside soldier of a charge of pretending to kick an Iraqi prisoner in Basra.

Efforts to strengthen flood defences around a Northumberland village need to be bigger than first thought.
Competition Commission officials ponder a bid to run the East Coast rail service by transport giant FirstGroup.

A compound in carrots may reduce the risk of developing cancer, research suggests.
Scientists in Newcastle call for the creation of a charitable foundation to promote and fund UK stem cell research.

A grandmother who admits baking food laced with cannabis, delivers a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Final preparations are put in place for a massive security operation surrounding the Labour party conference on Tyneside.

A 42-year-old woman, who admitted falsely accusing her husband of raping her, is spared a prison sentence.
The Tyne is set to share in a contract to build two new aircraft carriers, Transport Secretary Alistair Darling announces.
A 19-year old man who died after being hit by a car on Tyneside is named by police.



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