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An internet troll who tormented the families of dead young people by posting sickening messages on Facebook tribute pages has been jailed for 14 months.Paul Hind, 38, called Olivia Burt, a Durham University student who was found dead outside a nightclub, a "sex worker" and "prostitute", an earlier hearing at…
A GP who secretly took thousands of videos and images of female patients during appointments was told he had breached their trust as he was jailed for 14 months. One victim claimed that Dr Thair Altaii "will never know the true damage that he has caused to my life", while…
A predatory paedophile who worked with Newcastle United's youth players and sexually abused boys over three decades has been jailed for 20 years. George Ormond, 62, worked with a prominent youth team in the city in the 1970s and 1980s, before assisting at the Premier League club in the 1990s.…
An unscrupulous takeaway boss will be jailed after he was convicted of enslaving alcoholic tenants and forcing them to work at his chip shop for free. Harjit Bariana, 46, supplied drink and drugs to vulnerable tenants of his property in Blyth, Northumberland, and fed them leftovers rather than pay them…
NHS England is to pay damages to a GP whose privacy it breached by telling the BBC that she was under investigation. Its "wrongful and unlawful" statements had caused enormous distress and upset to Dr Rina Miah, who ran the Harbottle Surgery in Northumberland - the UK's most isolated rural…
Police responding to a seven-year-old's report of seeing someone pointing a gun from a window attended a nursing home and now believe what the child saw was a Zimmer frame. The alarm was raised when the pupil in Walker, Newcastle, told a teacher about the weapon being aimed from a…
A man who threatened to put intimate footage of a former partner online has become the first person to be convicted in Scotland under new tougher legislation. Kenneth Robinson, 59, was banned from approaching or contacting his victim for three years after pleading guilty to sending her numerous emails and…
Paying £10,000 to a convicted child rapist to infiltrate a paedophile gang "crossed a line", it has been claimed. Jim Gamble, who set up the Government's taskforce to fight child sexual exploitation, criticised the move by Northumbria Police. The force's chief constable had defended the decision, saying dangerous men would…
A chief constable said dangerous men would not be behind bars if he had not decided to pay a convicted child rapist almost £10,000 to spy on parties where it was suspected under-age girls were fed drugs and sexually abused. The NSPCC was "appalled" Northumbria Police chief Steve Ashman authorised…
Under-age girls and vulnerable young women were taken to parties in Newcastle and groomed with drugs before being raped and sexually abused, it can now be reported. A total of 17 men and one woman have been convicted of, or have admitted, charges including rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution,…
Police paid a convicted child rapist almost £10,000 to spy on parties where they suspected under-age girls would be intoxicated and sexually abused, a court heard. He was recruited despite being a sex offender who had drugged an under-age girl and invited another man to rape her after he had…
The murder of a 24-year-old who was stalked and had her neck slashed by her "psychopath" soldier ex-boyfriend is a "potent reminder" of why women reporting abuse must be taken seriously, a charity has said. Alice Ruggles was left to bleed to death in her own Gateshead flat last October…
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