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Judge: Ex-officer jailed for rape was 'manipulative'

Sentencing ex-policeman Wayne Scott at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge James Goss QC described him as manipulative, controlling and domineering.

"Your offending has had an enormous impact on the wellbeing, confidence and lives of those against whom you offended, destroying their lives," he said.

Scott's offences came to light after he was dismissed by Cleveland Police when a member of the public complained about him touching her sexually while he was on duty.

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Cleveland Police issue warning over sex offender

Cleveland Police have urged the public not to approach a sex offender with a history of violence who has failed to register with the authorities.

Police said Geoffrey Mark Ball, 41, is wanted for breach of the notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Missing Sex Offender Geoffrey Mark Ball Credit: Cleveland Police

Unkempt Ball, who is 5ft 10in tall, of proportionate build and with short black hair, was last seen in a Redcar pub a week ago.

He was convicted of indecently assaulting a woman in 1989 and received six months in custody.

He was then jailed for five weeks in 2010 for sexual assault on an adult female and placed on the Sex Offenders Register until 2017 for this offence.

The public was warned not to approach him as he also has convictions for violence, including a conviction for GBH in 2006, for which he was jailed for four years.

He is known to be a regular user of social media sites and seeks to make contact with people on them.

A police spokeswoman said: "He is also previously known to frequent betting shops and pubs in the Redcar area, and anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately on 999."

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Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police dismissed for gross misconduct

Cleveland Police have confirmed that Deputy Chief Constable Derek Bonnard has been dismissed from the force for gross misconduct.

In a disciplinary hearing, six counts of gross misconduct were upheld against Derek Bonnard.

These stemmed from an investigation carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission after a referral from Cleveland Police Authority in August 2011.

Derek Bonnard continues to deny strenuously any wrongdoing.

Police chief to be sacked over corruption

Sean Price is understood to have been found guilty of gross misconduct. Credit: PA

A chief constable accused of using his influence to recruit the daughter of a high-ranking former colleague is to be sacked.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will disclose the outcome of an investigation into the conduct of Sean Price, the suspended chief of Cleveland Police, on Friday.

An internal disciplinary hearing concluded on Thursday night, and it is understood Price has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

He was investigated following allegations about his role in recruiting the daughter of the former police authority chairman, Dave McLuckie, to a civilian post.

It was claimed Price used "undue influence" to get her the job.

Mr Price has also been investigated for criminal matters as part of the wide-ranging Operation Sacristy inquiry into alleged police misconduct.

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Police appeal after 'armed' robber caught on CCTV

CCTV footage showing the masked robber Credit: CCTV / Cleveland Police

Police are appealing for information after a man who appeared to be carrying a handgun held up a branch of Coral bookmakers on Wednesday night in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.

The man, who was wearing a balaclava, ran towards the counter and forced staff to place the contents of the safe into a bag before running out of the shop. He made off with £271.

Read the full story on the ITV Tyne Tees website.

Man sought after woman found dead

Cleveland Police did not name the suspect they are seeking following the discovery of a body at an address in Cherwell Terrace, Bramble's Farm, Middlesbrough, at 1am.

A force spokeswoman said:

The man police are trying to trace in connection with the incident is believed to be white, in his 40s, around 6ft 2in tall and of proportionate build.

He has short, dark brown hair and was last seen wearing a chequered shirt, dark jeans and black trainers.

Police believe this has been a targeted, domestic-related incident. However, they are appealing for anyone who has seen this man or knows of his whereabouts, not to approach him directly but to get in touch with Cleveland Police via 999.

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