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A man who tricked children across the world into sending him nude selfies then blackmailed them into sexually abusing young relatives on camera has had four years added to his jail sentence. Paul Leighton, 32, from Malvern Crescent, Seaham, County Durham, watched by video link from prison as three judges…
The detective leading one of the country's biggest inquiries into historical sexual and physical abuse was "very confident" more former staff members of a detention centre will be prosecuted for allegedly preying on teenage inmates. Seven ex-employees of Medomsley Detention Centre in Consett, County Durham, have been summonsed to appear…
Social workers in Northumberland have placed a troubled teenage boy in a specialist residential school in Scotland after struggling to find a suitable unit in England. An English High Court judge has approved the move but has told council bosses that judges in Scotland should also give their backing. Details…
A family court judge has decided not to name a council she criticised over its handling of a case involving a baby girl now placed for adoption. Recorder Carly Henley said the little girl, who will soon be 12 months old, had gone into temporary council foster care a day…
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…
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