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Showing 1 - 10 of 11 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "North East"

Two sentenced for assault on Yarm man in the hours before his death

Two men who were involved in an altercation with a Yarm man in the hours before his death have been sentenced today at Teesside Crown Court.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North East News

Man jailed for brutally assaulting a woman in her own home

A man who attacked a woman so violently that she was hospitalised for ten days, has been jailed for 12 years.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, Violent crime , North East News

Woman with severe mental illness found responsible for killing her mother

A woman suffering from severe mental illness was responsible for the killing and beheading of her mother, a jury at Newcastle Crown Court has found today.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, North East News

Newcastle man sentenced for murder of three-week-old son

A Newcastle man who fatally stabbed his three-week-old son before turning the knife on his partner has been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court today.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, North East News

Killer of a vulnerable grandfather convicted of murder

A killer who tortured and mutilated a 54-year-old grandfather with whom he lived has been convicted of his murder at Newcastle Crown Court today.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, North East News

Newcastle teenager sentenced for murder of devoted father

A Newcastle teenager has today been sentenced to life with a minimum of 15 years for the murder of a devoted father-of-two during an unprovoked attack in a busy shopping centre.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, North East News

Two Northumberland men sentenced for physical and mental torture of captive

Two Northumberland men who subjected a captive man to a night of physical and mental torture have been sentenced to a total of 34 years at Newcastle Crown Court today (20 Nov).

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, North East News

Newcastle man sentenced for live streaming bomb hoax

A Newcastle man who live-streamed a bomb hoax has been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court today.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, North East News

Public encouraged to have their say on the prosecution of people with mental health issues

The region’s top prosecutor is appealing to people from across the North East to have their say on how people who suffer from mental health issues are treated by the criminal justice system.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North East News

Prison officers found guilty of non-recent abuse at Medomsley detention centre

Five former Prison Officers have been convicted of offences relating to the ‘brutal’ physical abuse of young prisoners at a detention centre in Durham during the 1970s and 1980s.

| Press Release , Violent crime , North East News

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