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Man jailed for historical rape after DNA testing advances

John Bainbridge, 54, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

A man who raped a woman in front of her children in their home 30 years ago has been jailed for life.

John Bainbridge, of Beckett Street in Burton-on-Trent, was sentenced today at Nottingham Crown Court having pleaded guilty.

Bainbridge must serve a minimum of eight years before he will be considered for release and he will be placed on the Sex Offenders' Register.

Bainbridge lived in Bulwell in Nottingham when he broke into the victim's home and carried out the attack in front of her two children.

He was not caught at the time but following recent advancements in DNA science, he was arrested and charged in June this year.

I would like to offer the utmost praise to the victim and her children. For the last 30 years they have continued with their lives in the knowledge that this man had not been held responsible for his actions.

It took great courage to agree to proceed with the prosecution and to attend court. These types of attacks are extremely rare but I hope this sends out the message that we will continue to bring offenders to justice no matter how long ago the crime.

– Detective Inspector Justine Wilson

TRAINS: LINE CLOSED - LINCOLN - NOTTINGHAM

There has been an engine fire on a train, which has been extinguished but it disrupting trains between Lincoln Central and Nottingham

Firefighters are on site and are working with the driver and fitter to move the train.

The line is currently closed between Lincoln and Nottingham but the line between Nottingham and Lincoln is now open.

If you are travelling between Lincoln Central and Nottingham expect delays.

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Thieves steal lead from roof of historic swimming baths

Thieves have stolen lead from the roof of an historic swimming baths which were saved from dereliction by a £4 million pound transformation earlier this year.

The Edwardian Stirchley Baths in Birmingham reopened as a community centre in January.

It hadn't been used since the late 1980s and had been struck by vandals twice, causing damage costing thousands as Chris Halpin reports.

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