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Live News: November 9, 2012 (James Allen Murder Trial)
11:17am Friday 9th November 2012 in Chester-le-Street
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Witnesses say there were five men in #darlington jewellery armed robbery. All in balaclavas armed with sledgehammers and a knife.— @SHugillEcho 09 November 2012
STORE RAID: Police have been called to D&H Jeweller's, in Queen Street Arcade, Darlington, following reports of an armed robbery. Reporter Steven Hugill is at the scene for us and says two windows appear to have been smashed with a sledge hammer. He is also speaking to eyewitnesses.
The incident happened shortly before 5pm. It is unclear at this stage what, if anything, the raiders escaped with. More on this story as it develops.
NHS Direct is to close most of its call centres with the loss of hundreds of nursing and other jobs, union leaders said today.
Unison said 24 out of 30 sites, including one in Newcastle, will close at the service, which employs 1,500 frontline nursing and other professional staff.
Mr Allen's defence is due to start on Tuesday. He denies two counts of murder.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
James Allen trial ends for the day with the prosectuon case almost complete. The hearing will restart on Tuesday morning.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
Jury hears that several pairs of Nike Air Max trainers were recovered from James Allens' flat including a pair in a washing machine.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
Earlier the jury heard how Mrs Kibble gave it to her sister not long before she was killed.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
Jeweller Rebecca Tucker says St Christopher stolen from Ms Davison was made in 1979 corresponding with when her sister said she got it.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
officer wearing a headcam recreated the route James Allen allegedly cycled to dump clothing in carrier bags following Ms Davison's murder.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
jury shown images of cuts and bruises that were recorded onJames Allens' body following his arrest— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
Rod Hunt says a Scott Burrell, who Allen knew, was arrested in Middlesbrough for a knife point robbery the day after Ms Davison's murder.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
Allen said he met man called Scott in Whitby, who he'd been in prison with, and admits being in flats where Ms Davison lived to buy drugs— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
Allen told detectives about a Bowie knife which had Ms Davison's DNA on it but refused to say where it could be found.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
in interview with North Yorks detectives Allen said 'I'm 100% not responsible for her or anyone elses death.'— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
DS Andrew Dudman next to give evidence in relation to Julie Davison's murder in her Whitby flat.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
Allen denied being in Mr Dunford's home on the night of the murder.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
during police interview Allen said it would take a warped and twisted individual to set out to kill an 81-year-old man— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
Allen said he hadn't been to Mr Dunford's house on the night of his alleged murder.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
Mr Allen said Mr Dunford let him lend his mobile phone to make calls to sort out his benefits to enable him to pay back his debt.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
Allen said Mr Dunford wouls regularly loan him money and he would leave his bank card until he paid him back.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
Allen categorically denied murdering Colin Dunford during interview but refused to give details of his whereabouts at the time of his death— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
during police interview James Allen denied both murders— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
DC Andrew Wildes of Cleveland Police's murder investigatio team next to give evidence.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
the jury inspect the knife, which the judge describes as a heavy duty kitchen knife, and the screwdriver taken off James Allen— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
when approached by police Allen held up his hands in a submissive gesture and said 'alright, alright'— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
one of the arresting officers said Allen was carrying a Ghurka style knife with a 6in blade when he was picked up— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
he was carrying a large knife and screwdriver when he was arrested. He didn't put up a fight the court hears.— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
an off duty police officer spotted Allen in Leeds as he was heading to work and called for assistance. Arrested at 7.07am on Sunday 29 April— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
the defendant is still refusing to come into the dock— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
day ten of the James Allen murder trial is underway with a PC giving evidence— @graemeecho 09 November 2012
in court today for what could be last day of the prosecution case in the James Allen double murder trial. He was been a no show for 2 days— @graemeecho 09 November 2012