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A landmark case at Newcastle Crown Court last month ruled that evidence

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from so-called paedophile hunters can be used to gain a conviction.

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Some say the activities of these groups jeopardise police work

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and that it's vigilantism, but it's getting results

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In this exclusive report, Andrew Hartley's been to meet

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members of one of the country's leading paedophile hunter

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Don't start turning on the tears with me...

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Because if there was a real child to meet you here tonight,

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Darren Heywood from Stockton had thought he was meeting

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For 16 days, he had been grooming her and another girl

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But he'd really been talking to this man.

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What we're doing is making a difference.

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Joe Jones is a full-time activist with Guardians of the North.

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Joe claims his crew of undercover volunteers has caught more than 80

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would-be sex offenders in the year since the group was set up.

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We've got people serving prison sentences.

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Carly, not her real name, is also a member.

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We've agreed to hide her identity because of fears for her safety.

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Today she's agreed to show me how they operate on Facebook.

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Within minutes, Carly has five adults chatting online.

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Oh, they're nice clothes that you've got on.

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Children will think that this person is just being nice and friendly.

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Some people say what you're doing is entrapment.

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It's not because we give them every opportunity

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Are you, as some people allege, vigilantes?

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No, because a vigilante takes the law into their own hands

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whereas we gather the evidence, and everything that we gather

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Many of those caught by Guardians of the North end up here,

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Newcastle Crown Court, and are jailed.

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So you'd think the police would appreciate their work.

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The body that represents the country's top police officers

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says the activities of groups such as Guardians of the North can put

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And in a statement, Northumbria Police urged members

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of the public not to take the law into their own hands.

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Meanwhile, at Durham Crown Court, it's time for Darren

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There too is Jo, who's hoping Heywood will go to prison.

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Heywood admits a charge of inciting a child to sexual activity and he's

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We're glad this man's off the streets.

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Child abuse has dominated the headlines in recent years,

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and many now believe there's a need for urgent action.

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Guardians of the North says it's simply acting on that demand.

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Police have named a man found dead in Newcastle.

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21-year-old Paul Brettwood was discovered by officers

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called out to Joan Street in Benwell early yesterday.

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A 29-year-old man who was arrested has since been released.

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The Mayor of Copeland, the West Cumbrian district once

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dubbed the fattest in England, says the council is doing

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In 2014, more than three quarters of those who lived

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Although that figure has dropped, the borough's now signed up

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to a programme to improve fitness and wellbeing.

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Whitehaven, the main town in Copeland, enjoys

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But in 2014, it's idyllic facade hid an embarassing secret.

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Too many people here were overweight or obese.

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For mayor of Copeland Mike Starkie, tackling poor

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We are getting out into the primary schools and talking

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I think just by highlighting the issue and making people aware

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of some of the things that caused the issue and some of the things

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that can possibly solve it, will go a long way to improving matters.

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It's easy to eat on the move here, convenience is everywhere.

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These people think that plays a part in poor diet.

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People my age have all the time in the world but the young ones

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There are a lot of restaurants in Whitehaven.

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But for Mike Starkie, it's not about intervening in the market,

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but encouraging people to make their own decisions.

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You cannot make choices for people and the reality is the types

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of foods that are sold in these fast food outlets, you can go

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into the supermarkets and buy those foods much cheaper out

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Copeland Council says leisure activities are now

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It believes it can encourage a leaner, fitter future.

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An ?8 million scheme to transform Middlesbrough's 128-year-old town

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The council-led project involves creating a top-class entertainment

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venue as well as revealing some of the building's hidden secrets.

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It's been home to some of the world's best musicians,

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from Elgar to Rachmaninov, from Bowie to Oasis.

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But now, Middlesbrough's town hall is being transformed.

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There'll be new bars, coffee shops and restaurants.

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Improvements that it's claimed will make this the jewel

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This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something

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to a building of this importance to the town.

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It's the biggest music venue in the area.

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It's got nearly 130 years of history of gigs,

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fantastic comedy shows, live music, classical music,

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The building's past, hidden from public view,

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will also be restored, including the old court room

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and the police station along with its cells.

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Complete with the original graffiti scrawled on the doors.

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Some people have seen it on behind-the scenes-tours in the past.

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But they'll only have seen it as storage space

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Now we're going to open it up cfully for the public to appreciate

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the heritage of Middlesbrough Town Hall.

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It's hoped the transformed town hall will reopen next April.

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Stuart Whincup, BBC Look North, Middlesbrough.

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Four more plaques honouring local heroes from Tyneside have been

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unveiled in a burgeoning Walk of Fame along the quayside.

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And today, most of the latest nominations for hero status

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were on hand to see their names revealed in bronze.

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Time was you lived, you died and, if you'd been especially memorable,

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they might put up a plaque to remind people of who you were.

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Now here, if you fit the bill, they'll create a plaque, as they did

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For the last four years, Gateshead and Newcastle have set

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these bronze plaques into pavements around the Tyne Riverside.

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Today, the actor Tim Healey, broadcaster Mike Neville,

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former AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and historian John Grundy

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I'm very lucky because this is just my hobby.

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If you find a hobby that you get paid for,

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Across the river, practically under the Tyne Bridge, one symbol

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I never expected to be remembered, really.

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And just yards further on, Brian Johnson couldn't make it

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We're obviously really proud and Dad's really proud and thrilled.

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We're just really happy we could come and be here today.

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Back to the Newcastle side and a fitting end to our circuit

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with the man who knows every inch of it.

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This area and this place is the heart of the city,

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and the city's right in my heart as well.

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It's a place of immense historical significance and tremendous beauty.

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I really do feel so lucky to be a permanent part of it now.

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Gerry Jackson, BBC Look North, Tyneside.

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OK, time for the weather now and it's been

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a gorgeous day today, Paul.

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There is a lot of cloud building up, maybe they can offer the odd spot

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here in there. Amada night and the last few nights. Tomorrow, a few

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bright spells around but more cloud around and that cloud will bring

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showery outbreaks of rain as we head towards and through the afternoon.

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Some of those showers could be on Some of those showers could be on

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the heavy side, maybe even a rumble of thunder. There is more rain to

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come tomorrow night. The temperatures 11 Celsius.

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Temperatures picking up on the North Yorkshire coast but mist and low

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cloud developing. There will be some rain to come tomorrow night. It

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should clear away as we head through the course of Saturday so most

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places drying up the time. More rain places drying up the time. More rain

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on Saturday night in the Sunday without mixture of sunshine and

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showers. After the overnight rain on Friday night, Saturday dries up the

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many places, temperatures in the mid teens, a brisk south-westerly wind,

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and sunshine and showers on Sunday. We want to see the economy

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work for everybody, not Now the weather.

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, yes a humid dead. We have had photographs of the

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Now, humid air is coming in hyped. This cloud will be spreading

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northwards bringing rain and showers. More cloud will

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