CPS North East News




Four men sentenced for supply of drugs and sexual abuse of young girls

Four men have been sentenced to a total of 32 years’ imprisonment for their involvement in the supply of drugs and the sexual abuse of young girls in Newcastle upon Tyne.


Conman jailed for ten years for exploiting grief-stricken families

A conman who exploited the grief of bereaved families to defraud them of thousands of pounds has been sentenced today at Durham Crown Court.


Jail for Facebook child sex offender

A man who used multiple fake Facebook profiles to blackmail children into sending him recordings of them committing sexual offences has been jailed for 16 years.


Four sentenced after killing of Sunderland man

Four people have been sentenced today in relation to the death of a Sunderland father-of-three over a debt of thirty pounds.


CPS North-East response to HMCPSI Inspection Report

CPS North-East has effective relations with Criminal Justice stakeholders and partners, manages victim liaison well and engages positively with community groups, according to the report from Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecutions Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI).


Men convicted of multiple sexual offences in Newcastle

More than a dozen men have been convicted of sexually assaulting vulnerable teenage girls and young women in the north-east of England over several years.


Three Middlesbrough men guilty of killing of Lee Petite

Two Middlesbrough men, who helped a friend hunt down and fatally shoot a man in the back, have been convicted for their involvement in his death at Teesside Crown Court today.


Newcastle man sentenced to life imprisonment for murder of vulnerable man

A Newcastle man who imprisoned and tortured to death a vulnerable man over nine days has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Newcastle Crown Court today, with three others also sentenced for charges relating to his death.


Redcar man sentenced to life for double murder

A Redcar man has been given a life sentence after killing his partner and an ex-partner, who was also the mother of his children, within an hour of each other.


First North East prosecution for controlling and coercive behaviour

A Cleveland man has today been sentenced in what is believed to be the North East’s first prosecution for the new criminal offence of controlling and coercive behaviour.


Teenagers convicted for killing of Shane Tunney

Seven teenagers have been convicted at Teesside Crown Court, after a cowardly assault on a man led to his death.


Pair sentenced for murder of Tipu Sultan

Two South Shields men have been jailed after being found guilty of the fatal shooting of the owner of a local takeaway.


Adam Johnson found guilty of sexual contact with child

Ex-Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson, 28, has been found guilty after trial of one count of sexual activity with a child. Mr Johnson had previously pleaded guilty to an additional count of sexual activity with a child and one grooming charge in relation to that offence. He was found not guilty after trial of one further charge of sexual activity with a child.


Organised crime group sentenced for total of twenty years

Four members of an organised crime group who carried out twenty one cashpoint and safe burglaries across England and Scotland have been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court today.


Sheep rustlers jailed for three years

Two farmers who were found guilty of stealing more than 100 sheep have been sentenced today at Teesside Crown Court.


Newcastle youth sentenced for assaulting disabled man and his partner

A Newcastle youth who launched an unprovoked attack on a disabled man and his partner has been sentenced at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.


Victim joins police and CPS in 'one punch' warning

A former soldier whose career ended after he was the victim of a ‘one punch’ assault is backing a campaign by the Crown Prosecution Service and Cleveland Police to raise awareness of the serious consequences of excessive alcohol or drug misuse.


North East criminal justice system united in tackling hate crime

Senior figures from the region’s criminal justice system have pledged their continuing commitment to tackling hate crime across the North East, at the launch of National Hate Crime Awareness Week (12-18 Oct).


Newcastle teenager given life sentence for bomb plot

A teenager who plotted to blow up Newcastle College and 'shoot a bunch of people' has been sentenced to life imprisonment today at Newcastle Crown Court.


County Durham woman sentenced for abandoning newborn baby

A County Durham woman who abandoned her newborn child at the front door of a block of flats was sentenced today at Peterlee Magistrates' Court.


Stockton woman jailed for sex offences against two girls

A Stockton woman who committed sex offences against two underage girls has been sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment at Teesside Crown Court today.


South Shields man sentenced for assaulting ex-partner in her own home

A South Shields man who crept into the home of his ex-partner before violently assaulting her and her new partner has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment.


Man sentenced for indecent images of children

Nicholas Webley, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing indecent photographs of children, two counts of making indecent photographs of children, two counts of possessing extreme pornographic images and two counts of possessing prohibited images of children.


Durham dog breeder sentenced after dogs mauled man

A Durham dog breeder whose six American bulldogs attacked a man and his dog has been sentenced to three months imprisonment at Durham Crown Court today.


Durham head teacher sentenced for historic sex offences

An acclaimed Durham teacher has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment today after being found guilty of sexual offences against two teenage boys during the 1980s.


Criminal Justice partners encourage North East FGM victims to come forward

In the wake of the UK’s first trial for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), key players in the region’s criminal justice system are encouraging North East victims to come forward.


Four sentenced for assault on Jewish man

Four men who attacked a member of Gateshead’s Jewish community have been sentenced today at Newcastle Crown Court.


Court of Appeal extends sentence for violent Hartlepool man

A Hartlepool man who stabbed another man in the neck during a drunken brawl has had his sentence almost doubled at the Court of Appeal today.


Care worker caught stealing on CCTV sentenced

A care home worker caught on camera stealing money from an elderly man under her care has been sentenced today at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.


North East’s Chief Crown Prosecutor urges challenging of public rape myths

The North East’s Chief Crown Prosecutor has today stressed the importance of challenging persistent public myths around rape, because of the damaging effect that they can have on the prosecution of such cases.


Middlesbrough man sentenced for murder of elderly neighbour

A Middlesbrough man who stabbed and then strangled his 72-year-old neighbour to death has today been sentenced to life imprisonment.


Pair sentenced for historic sexual abuse at North East school

Two ex-staff from a closed North East residential school have today been sentenced to serve a total of 21 years for historic sexual abuse committed against young boys under their care.


Manslaughter sentence after sado-masochist sex death

A man who killed another man during a session of extreme sado-masochistic sex was given a fifteen year sentence at Newcastle Crown Court today.


Killers of Sunderland father sentenced

Two Sunderland men have been sentenced today for savagely killing a man whose body was subsequently discovered in woodland in Durham.


Three sentenced for sexual exploitation of underage girls

Two men and a seventeen year old boy from Middlesbrough were today sentenced for their involvement in the grooming and abuse of six vulnerable underage girls.


Couple who beheaded rare sheep sentenced

A couple who mutilated a sheep before terrifying a group of children with its severed head have been sentenced today at Durham Crown Court.


Fire starter who killed Hartlepool father-of-three sentenced

A man who intentionally set a house fire which killed a father-of-three in Hartlepool has today been sentenced to life imprisonment at Teesside Crown Court.


Martin Li sentenced for crash which claimed the life of teenage girl

A Hexham car enthusiast, whose passenger was killed when he crashed at high speed, has today been given an eight year prison sentence and banned from driving for ten years.


Derby day horse puncher sentenced

A Newcastle United fan who punched a police horse during the Sunderland Newcastle derby earlier this year has today been jailed for a year.


Serial Killer gets fourth life sentence

A serial killer, currently serving three life sentences for murder, has been given a fourth after being found guilty of the murder of 14-year-old schoolboy Simon Martin in 1990.


Newcastle pair sentenced to life for murder

Two people from Newcastle have been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a pensioner and hiding his body in a freezer before raiding his bank accounts.


Pair sentenced for Blyth murder

Two Blyth men have today been sentenced to life terms at Newcastle Crown Court today for the murder of Jason Lockwood.


Manslaughter sentence for Newcastle man

A man who beat an acquaintance to death during a drinking session was sentenced today at Newcastle Crown Court.


Man who murdered a ten-week-old boy is sentenced

A Gateshead man who murdered a ten-week-old boy in his care has been given a life sentence at Newcastle Crown Court today.


No charges to be brought against driver in Seaton Lane collision

No charges are to be brought against a lorry driver whose vehicle collided with a car between Seaham and Houghton-le-Spring almost a year ago, killing all four members of the same extended family.


Six sentenced for Durham Oriental Museum burglary

A criminal gang involved in stealing artefacts worth almost £2m from Durham University’s Oriental Museum were sentenced today, after pleading guilty at Durham Crown Court.


Karl Bestford sentenced to life for murder of his landlord

Karl Bestford was today sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his landlord, Simon Meech in July of last year.


Brothers sentenced for disturbing protected wild birds

Two men were today sentenced at Bedlington Magistrates Court for disturbing protected nesting Roseate Terns on Coquet Island near Amble, Northumberland.


David Bryant sentenced for historic sexual abductions

A man who kidnapped four young girls, in crimes dating back 30 years, has today been sentenced to 17 years at Newcastle Crown Court.


Racist Tweeter Sentenced

A man who racially abused sports broadcaster Stan Collymore using social networking site, Twitter, has today been sentenced to a two year Community Order with a requirement that he undertake 240 hours of unpaid work.


Two youths receive Final Warning over Twitter racist abuse

Two youths who racially abused Newcastle United footballer Sammy Ameobi using social networking site, Twitter, have been issued with Final Warnings as a result of their actions.


Man Convicted of Rape more than 28 years after the offence

John Renner Dillon today appeared at Newcastle Crown Court and was given a discretionary life sentence, of which he must spend a minimum of three and a half years imprisonment for Rape.


Financial advice costs Whitley Bay man £1m

A Whitley Bay man who attracted investors and companies using a ‘robot-powered’ investment website has been ordered to pay back almost £1m after pleading guilty to providing unregulated financial advice in Newcastle Crown Court today.


Mark Rainey jailed for life for murder.

Mark Rainey appeared before Newcastle Crown Court on 6 June 2011 and was sentenced to life imprisonment for the killing of Geoffrey Harrison.


Insufficient evidence to prosecute over Gateshead Qur'an burning

Following a decision not to prosecute over the burning of a copy of the Qur'an in Gateshead in September last year, Northumbria Chief Crown Prosecutor Wendy Williams said:


Northumbria police officer convicted of sex attacks

A Northumbria police officer is facing a lengthy jail term after being convicted of carrying out a string of sex attacks.


South Tyneside residents urged to make their voices heard

Residents in South Tyneside have been reminded they play a crucial role in helping tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.


County Durham man groomed teenage girl on the internet

A County Durham man who groomed a 13 year old girl on the social networking website Bebo has been given an inderminate sentence.


Man who killed off-duty soldier jailed for five years

A man who admitted killing an off-duty soldier and assaulting his wife in an unprovoked street attack has been jailed for five years.


Raymond Scott jailed for handling stolen Shakespeare Folio

Raymond Scott was today jailed for eight years for handling a rare copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, stolen from Durham University twelve years ago, and then removing the book from the country.


We want your views on prosecuting crime in South Tyneside

The Crown Prosecution Service knows the most effective way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is for all sections of our community to have a strong voice.


Raymond Scott guilty of handling stolen Shakespeare Folio

Raymond Scott has today been found guilty of possessing an original copy of Shakespeare's First Folio stolen from Durham University.


Man guilty of Stockton pensioner's brutal murder

A serial burglar who strangled a Stockton grandmother then set fire to her home has been convicted of her murder.


Disgraced couple have assets seized

A County Durham couple who obtained hundreds of thousands of pounds by deception have had their assets seized.


Peter Chapman admits murder of Ashleigh Hall

Peter Chapman has today pleaded guilty to the kidnap, rape and murder of 17 year Ashleigh Hall.


Teesside Bogus Legal Adviser Jailed

A fake legal adviser who promised people he could assist them with their immigration status has today been jailed for 15 months.


Torture murder trial - victim's former partner jailed for at least 32 years

The killers of a County Durham man tortured to death in his own home have today been found guilty of his murder.


Cannabis church seized by CPS

A man using a disused church as a cannabis farm has been given a two year jail sentence and had his assets seized.


North East urged for views on assisted suicide - public consultation ends in a week's time!

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, is calling on people in the North East to give their views on his interim policy on assisted suicide.


Middlesbrough duo jailed for drugs and firearm offences

Two people prosecuted after a quarter of a million pounds worth of Class A drugs were found in at an address in Middlesbrough have today been jailed at Teesside Crown Court.


CPS North East welcomes setting out core quality standards for prosecutors

The standard of work expected of public prosecutors, at every stage of the prosecution process, is being published today for consultation for the first time.


Anne Darwin ordered to repay nearly £600,000 from husband's fake death

Anne Darwin, who faked her husband's death in a canoe accident to con insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of pounds, will leave prison penniless and homeless.


CPS wins "victimless" prosecution

CPS Northumbria has succeeded in convicting a 16 year old youth of a serious assault, despite only one witness providing police with a statement and the victim refusing to co-operate.


CPS and Witness Care staff raise cash for Sophie

Staff based at CPS Northumbria baked their way to raising more than £200 for North East youngster Sophie Atay.


CPS welcomes new dedicated police rape unit

A specialist unit set up by Northumbria Police dedicated to investigating reported rapes should lead to cases being prosecuted more effectively.


Tackling hate crime across the North East

Hate Crime Scrutiny Panels are now up and running across the North East, working towards ensuring all victims of crime have open access to justice.


CPS advises no charge against Djibril Cisse

The former Sunderland footballer Djibril Cisse will not be charged following allegations he assaulted a woman in Newcastle city centre.


Crime has changed, so must the way we serve the public

The Director of Public Prosecutions' call for a full debate on the future role of the CPS has been welcomed by Cleveland's Acting Chief Crown Prosecutor.


Colombian drug dealer was targetting North East streets

A South American cocaine dealer linked to an international drugs network has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.


Toy thief caught in the act

This is the moment Sean Taylor is caught red handed in a Newcastle hotel pinching a toy vending machine.


Double rapist jailed indefinitely for public's protection

A double rapist who subjected two women on North Tyneside to vicious attacks has today been sent to prison indefinitely.


University bursar forced to handover house sale cash

The former bursar of a Durham university college who stole nearly half a million pounds from its bank account has been forced to handover cash from the sale of her home as compensation.


Cao convicted of murdering two Chinese students

Guang Hui Cao was today convicted of the violent murder of two Chinese students at their home in Newcastle.


Gay hate crime a bigger problem than figures suggest

Gay hate crime across the North East is far more widespread than official figures suggest.


CPS says no winners in the case of PC Dougal

A Northumbria policeman has been jailed for three years for causing the death by dangerous driving of 16 year old Hayley Adamson.


PC Dougal guilty of death by dangerous driving

PC John Dougal was today found guilty of causing the death by dangerous driving of 16 year old Hayley Adamson.


North East recycling firm fined after the death of one of its workers

A North East waste company has been fined £15,000 following the death of one of its workers, struck by a vehicle at a recycling yard on Wearside.


Anthony Whittaker to serve substantial jail sentence

A hit and run driver who killed two men in County Durham out collecting conkers was today sentenced to ten years behind bars.


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual And Transgender Hate Crime A Major Priority, Says CPS

New Scrutiny Panel To Examine Recent Cases. Do you know someone who has been the victim of homophobic or transphobic hate crime, or can you help someone who has?


Cleveland Scrutiny Panel Celebrates First Birthday

A ground-breaking CPS - led panel tackling domestic violence on Teesside is celebrating its first anniversary.