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Man sentenced for murder and wounding

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A MAN has today (Tuesday, January 7th) been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering his former partner’s boyfriend and of wounding her.

Gareth Mason, 26, admitted one count of murdering Adam Stirrup and one of the wounding of Katrina Rudrum when he appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Monday, January 6th). He was originally charged with murder and attempted murder but he admitted the murder and the alternative charge of wounding on what was due to be the first day of his trial.

Police were called at 12.45am on Sunday, August 4th by the ambulance service to reports of a stabbing at Stud Farm Holiday Park in Heysham.

Officers discovered Miss Rudrum suffering from serious stab wounds to the neck, abdomen and back. Her 28 year old partner Adam Stirrup was found nearby also suffering from stab wounds.

Both were taken to the Royal Preston Hospital where sadly Mr Stirrup died of his injuries. Miss Rudrum was later transferred to the Royal Blackburn Hospital and has since recovered from her physical injuries.

Mason, who is originally from Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire was arrested by officers in Stoke on Trent a short time after the stabbing and charged.

Detective Supt Paul Withers, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, led the inquiry. He said: “I am satisfied with the sentence passed today as it reflects the appalling gravity of Mason’s actions. This was a truly horrendous incident which cost a young man his life and which left his partner very seriously injured. While she has now recovered physically, she may never fully recover emotionally or psychologically.

“Mason, motivated solely by the jealousy he felt that his former partner had started a new relationship, has left two families devastated by his actions.

“Gareth Mason is a very violent and dangerous individual who now faces a lengthy custodial sentence to reflect on what he has done. At least his guilty pleas have spared the families the ordeal of having to re-live these tragic events through a trial

“Our thoughts remain with the family of Adam and we will continue to support them and Katrina as long as is necessary

The family of Adam have said “Adam was a much-loved and loving son, father and brother who has been taken from us in the prime of his life. Nothing can ever bring him back.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the police and legal team for their continued support. We do not think we would have got through this without it.”

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Scott Findlay subjected young mother to harrowing sex attack & punched her while she cradled 6-week-old baby

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A MAN who raped a young mother and repeatedly punched her as she cradled a six-week-old baby in her arms has been jailed.

Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a “prolonged and harrowing” attack in front of her two young children.

Today, at York Crown Court, Judge Simon Hickey sent the 27-year-old, from Ferryhill, in County Durham, to prison for 15 years for offences including rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.

The court heard that the victim pleaded with Findlay, who was armed with a kitchen knife, for her children to be prevented from seeing the attack.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Katrina Meisuria, of Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding Unit, praised the victim for her courage in giving evidence.

She said: “Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a prolonged, harrowing and violent attack in front of her two young children.

“It took great bravery by the victim to provide evidence at court reliving those events again.

“There is no doubt these crimes have had a life-changing effect on the victim and her children, but the conviction will provide the family with the opportunity to move forward”.

In a statement released through the police, the victim said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for me and my family.

“The incidents occurred only six weeks after the birth of my daughter who was in my arms as Scott Finlay repeatedly punched me about the head and my seven-year-old looked on in terror begging for him to stop hurting his mammy.

“No child should ever have to witness such an attack”.

She added: “My family and I are pleased with the outcome and relieved it is finally over and we can move forward to rebuilding our life”.

After a four-day trial at Durham Crown Court in May, a jury found Findlay guilty of three counts of rape, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

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Man attacked staff with a traffic cone at petrol station

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Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted with a traffic cone at a petrol station in Newcastle.

At around 12.05pm on Monday afternoon police received a report that a staff member at the Shell garage on the Great North Road in Gosforth had been assaulted with a traffic cone.

The male offender had filled up a motorcycle with fuel but was challenged by staff when it appeared that he would not pay for the fuel.

He became aggressive and then assaulted the staff member with a traffic cone before fleeing the scene on foot in the direction of The Three Mile Inn.

The victim of the assault was later taken to hospital with a suspected broken nose and cheekbone. It is also believed the motorcycle the offender left at the garage was stolen.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are now appealing for help from the public to identify the offender.

He is described as wearing all black with a white motorcycle helmet that had the visor down.

Officers also want to speak to any witnesses to the incident as there were a number of people on the garage forecourt who police have still not spoken to.

They are also keen to speak to any motorists who may have dash-cam footage showing the motorcycle in question.

Anyone who knows the man, or witnessed the incident on Monday, is encouraged to contact police on 101 quoting log 423 13/08/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also email the OIC on [email protected] or report online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.

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Women takes wrong turn at level crossing sparking police response

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A woman has brought Metro trains to a standstill after a woman took a wrong turn at a level crossing and drove on the tracks.

How on earth she managed to do that we will never know, despite the bumpy journey and being on a train track she continued her journey, Maybe she was taking a shortcut?.

Police raced to the scene and Trains were suspended causing delays between Newcastle Airport and Regent Centre after the car was spotted on the line at Kingston Park.

Nexus Rail worker Danny Usher has told Police Hour that an 89-year-old woman got confused and took a wrong turn and made a mistake,

“The lady was 89 years old the poor women got confused and made a mistake luckily nobody was hurt and the police have taken her licence off her for her own safety”

Police have said the driver had gotten lost and took a wrong turn onto the railway and was heading towards Bank Foot station before she stopped at the platform.

Police responded to the incident at 8.30pm and helped get the woman out of the car to safety.

The track has also been checked for any damage before trains resumed at 9.15pm.

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