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A care home resident who died after eating bleach tablets that looked like mints waited more than three hours for an ambulance to take him to hospital, an inquest has heard. Diabetic dementia patient Joe Serginson, 85, grabbed a tub from a cleaners' trolley and swallowed the dissoluble disinfectant as…
Twin babies whose parents both have learning difficulties and met while living in supported accommodation must be placed for adoption, a family court judge has ruled. Both parents, who are in their 20s, said they could not care for the boys, Recorder Carly Henley heard. The two children, who are…
A senior detective who investigated the Newcastle grooming gang said the abusers underestimated their victims' desire to get justice. Speaking after sentences totalling more than 180 years were handed down for 17 people at Newcastle Crown Court, Detective Superintendent Steve Barron (pictured) said: "These offenders targeted these women because of…
A heroin dealer who raped a vulnerable girl and was part of a grooming gang which gave drugs to teenagers before prostituting them has been jailed for 29 years. Another member of the Newcastle gang which caused sustained psychological damage to victims who thought they were friends was jailed for…
A teenager from Kuwait who told police her father would kill her if he knew she had rejected her "religious and cultural identity" should go into council care, a family court judge has ruled. The girl, who is in her mid-teens, said she no longer wanted to be "subject to…
Cases of Asian grooming gangs targeting white girls were not previously examined as "rigorously as they might have been", a former Crown Prosecution Service chief has admitted. Lord Macdonald of River Glaven said he believes this is no longer the case, with recent successful prosecutions showing the "so-called taboos" no…
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,…
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