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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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Weekend Picks: Natural Christmas Ornaments in Stately surroundings

Kedleston Hall, Derby: Weekdays and weekends throughout December

When we begin to buy our festive decorations or think about different themes we often want to try to perhaps match a new decor or colour scheme in our homes with shop bought accessories.

We often think immediately of glistening baubles and twinkling fairy lights - but before they came along Christmas decorations were a very different affair and the more traditional look is now making something of a comeback.

This weekend, you can drop in to the beautiful Kedleston Hall and learn how to make some of the festive decorations which may have once adorned the grand house itself in a self-led, family-fun activity.

Make more of a day out of your trip with a visit to the grand state rooms and see how Christmas was celebrated by the halls Curzon Family since they moved in around the year 1200.

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