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Sex offender jailed for six months

The 26-year-old was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

A man who sexually assaulted a teenager during a train journey in the Lake District has been jailed.

Linley Hassan, 26, who is deaf and unable to speak, sat beside the girl in an otherwise empty carriage and wrote her unwanted notes before the late night attack on January 7.

A drunken Hassan then tried to cuddle the 16-year-old, but when she turned away, he placed his hand on the inside of her thigh.

At Carlisle Crown Court yesterday, Hassan pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the teenager.

He was sent to prison for six months by Judge Paul Batty QC, who had heard how the victim "froze" as she was attacked.

"This was a terrifying incident for a young girl on a train," the judge told him.

Hassan, latterly of Castle Street, Kendal, must comply with sex offender notification requirements for the next 10 years.

Sex offender jailed for 23 years

Stephen Taylor Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

A West Cumbrian man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison today for sexual offence against women and girls spanning a 12-year period.

58-year-old Stephen Taylor of Leconfield Street, Cleator Moor, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court, and was charged with:

  • Nine counts of rape
  • Six counts of serious sexual assault
  • Four counts of indecent assault

His victims were aged between 12 and 24.

“Stephen Taylor has today been jailed for carrying out horrendous physical and sexual abuse of four female victims between 1978 and 1990.

“He showed a distinctive pattern of behaviour throughout his contact with all the victims by controlling, manipulating and forcing himself upon each of them.

“He was well aware of their young ages when he targeted them and began systematically abusing them. One of the victims was just 12 when he set his sights on her."

– sla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West

He came to the attention of police in July 2013 when one of his victims confided in a friend, who then reported him.

The police, who described his actions as "shocking", have thanked those involved for their bravery in coming forward.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all five victims for their bravery in reporting him.

"I would also like to commend the support shown by witnesses in assisting with our investigation.

"The trial has been a traumatic experience for all and I hope this case encourages others to come forward if they have been victims of sexual assaults.”

– Detective Constable Ruth Elliott, from the West Cumbria Public Protection Unit

Cumbria police are encouraging anyone who would like to report an assault to contact them.


Police investigate Cumbria sex assault

Cumbria Police are investigating a serious sexual offence in Dalton-on-Furness in the early hours of Friday 6th February.

They're asking anyone who was in either the Golden Ball pub or the Horse and Jockey pub the evening before (Thursday 5th February) to contact them.

They're also asking anyone that was in Tudor square that saw either a lone man or a man and woman walk in the direction of George Romney School to get in touch by calling 101 or Crimestoppers Anonymous on 0800555111.

Police investigate sex assualt

Police are investigating an allegation of sexual assault that occurred on a bus travelling from Workington to Penrith on Friday 5th December 2014.

The alleged offence took place on the X4 Stagecoach bus at some time between 1pm and 3pm.

Enquiries are at an early stage and the exact circumstances are still being established.

The victim, a female in her twenties from the local area, is being supported by trained officers.

She was sitting to the rear of the coach at the time of the assault.

“We appeal to anyone who may have any information to get in touch.

The offender was known to the victim and we are trying to establish what has happened.

We appeal especially to those who may have been on the bus at this time.”

– DC Jessica Edgar

Anyone with information, or who saw anything suspicious, is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to DC Jessica Edgar.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Man in court over alleged sex assault

A man's been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with a serious sexual assault in Galashiels.

32-year-old Darren Richardson from Galashiels made no plea or declaration when he appeared at Selkirk Sheriff Court and his case was continued for further examination.

He was remanded in custody by Sheriff Kevin Drummond pending his next appearance on Tuesday, August 27.

The court appearance follows an incident in the Langlee area of Galashiels on Friday night when a woman was allegedly subjected to a serious sexual assault in her own home.


Sustained attack in woman's home

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in her home in the Langlee area at around 10pm on Friday 16th August.

A 36-year-old woman was at home in Beech Avenue when a man entered the property and attacked her for a sustained period before making his escape.

The suspect is described as beingwhite, 5ft 7ins tall with a skinny build, dirty blond hair and a tattoo on the back of his neck. He had a burn mark on his right forearm and a cut on his right index finger. The man was wearing blue jeans, a blue striped top and is believed to have been drinking.

Detective Inspector Derek Long from the Lothians and Scottish Borders Division said:

"The victim has been subjected to a sustained and violent attack within her own home by an unknown male and a major police investigation has been launched to trace this individual.

"We have an excellent description of the suspect and hope the Galashiels community can help us identify him and bring him to justice. He is known to have been in this area throughout Friday evening and into the early hours of Saturday morning.

– Police Scotland
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