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North Yorkshire child abuser jailed for 15 years

Phillip Jon Haddock
Phillip Jon Haddock has been jailed for 15 years

Phillip Jon Haddock, a 43-year-old from Selby, has been jailed for 15 years at York Crown Court after pleading guilty to seven offences, including one of raping a teenage boy, four charges of sexually assaulting a girl aged under 13, one rape of a girl under 13 and one attempted rape of a girl aged under 13. The offences took place between 2012 and 2014.

Although the sentence cannot reflect the impact that his actions have had on the victims, it does mean that they can now start to look to their futures and try to come to terms with the ordeal they have endured.

There is no doubt that Haddock presents a danger to children and would have continued to do so had it not been for the courage of his victims and their loved ones in supporting the police investigation.

The jailing of Haddock means that society and children in general are now protected from the depraved and sickening actions of a dangerous man.

– Detective Constable Charlotte Gregory of North Yorkshire Police’s Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit

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Free school students will 're-energise the region'

A multi-million pound free school has opened on Tyneside, claiming it will help address the skills gap in engineering in the North East.

Pupils in the Discovery School will work to office hours in manufacturing units similar to industry.

A free school is a state school that is allowed to deviate from the curriculum to fulfil a specialist need.

Critics argue that they cost too much but the Discovery School's Principal, Wendy Allen, says that is not the case:

Ant & Dec bring host of celebrity friends to Newcastle

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Double BAFTA Award winners Ant & Dec are bringing a host of celebrity friends to Newcastle for the filming of their 'Saturday Night Takeaway' Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

Ant & Dec are bringing their award winning ITV show, 'Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway', to their home town of Newcastle for a spectacular live show in just over a week's time.

Never one to disappoint, the Geordie boys are adding celebrity friends Alan Shearer, Chesney Hawkes and Tony Christie to the mix for filming.

In addition, the raft of celebrity stars will be joined on stage by former Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts, who will resume her role as the host of 'Ant v Dec' and Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance who will be treating the city to a live performance.

Takeaway is the one show that people always tell us they'd love to be in the audience for, so we've decided to take the show to them! Just like the TV show the audience will have a chance of winning some fantastic prizes as well as being an essential part of the show. It's been an ambition of ours for a long time to go on tour and we can't wait to come home!

– Ant & Dec

Police appeal following voyeurism offence in Newcastle

Image released by Northumbria Police of man they are seeking to trace

Police have released an image of someone they wish to trace following a suspected voyeurism offence in Newcastle.

The incident is believed to have happened at 4.50pm on Friday, 8th August at a tanning salon in Westerhope.

A woman customer was in a cubicle in the premises when she reported a phone was placed over the top and a picture taken of her.

Police are keen to trace the man in the image who may be able to assist with enquiries.

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Roman toilet seat unearthed near Hadrian's Wall

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The toilet seat has been unearthed at the Vindolanda site in Northumberland. Credit: Vindolanda

The only surviving wooden Roman Empire toilet seat has been unearthed near Hadrian's Wall.

The seat was discovered intact and well preserved due to the preservation conditions at the Vindolanda site in Northumberland.

"We are absolutely delighted with the find," said Vindolanda director of excavations Dr Andrew Birley: "There are many examples of stone and marble toilet seat benches from across the Roman Empire but this is believed to be the only surviving wooden seat, almost perfectly preserved in the anaerobic, oxygen free, conditions which exist at Vindolanda."

In the chilly conditions of what was the northernmost limits of the Empire, a wooden seat would have been preferable to stone.

Dr Birley says the Roman toilets would have been serviced by running water: "The Romans brought this toilet technology to Britain 2,000 years ago. It was cleanliness to the max compared with what had gone on before."

The seat has been well used and was decommissioned from its original location and discarded among the rubbish left behind in the fort before the construction of Hadrian's Wall started in the early Second Century.

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The wooden seat will be put on display once conserved. Credit: Vindolanda

Dr Birley says the next step is to try and find the toilet the seat belongs to: "Now we need to find the toilet that went with it as Roman loos are fascinating places to excavate as their drains often contain astonishing artefacts."

Discoveries at Vindolanda from latrines have included a baby boot, coins, a betrothal medallion, and a bronze lamp.

The wooden seat will take up to 18 months to conserve and once this process is complete the artefact will be put on display.

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Vicar pays tribute to murdered Neil Dalton before funeral

Reverend Anne Stratton, vicar of St Peter's Church in Belper has paid tribute to Neil Dalton
Reverend Anne Stratton, vicar of St Peter's Church in Belper has paid tribute to Neil Dalton Credit: ITV News Central

The vicar of St Peter's Church in Belper has paid tribute to murdered Derbyshire student Neil Dalton ahead of his funeral service today.

The 22-year-old was stabbed to death in Borneo earlier this year.

Reverend Anne Stratton talked about Neil's charity work, and said that funeral donations would be given to the Anthony Nolan Trust, a charity close to his heart.

"Neil was a young man who has lived a very good life in the short years he has had.

"One of the things I've been really impressed with is the number of things he's been involved in. Charity work of all sorts.

"He just seems to have been a really nice, likeable, busy, active young man. "The eulogies just said he was good fun, he loved playing cricket, football - any sport you could think of.

"Raising money and caring for other people was just part of who he was."

– Reverend Anne Stratton, vicar of St Peter's Church in Belper

Six arrested in early morning drugs raid

Five men and one woman, aged between 26 and 53, have been arrested for suspected drugs and money laundering offences after an early morning operation led by Durham Police.

Over 40 police officers were involved in ‘Operation Bream’, which took place at 6am today (Wednesday, 27th August). The arrests were made at two addresses in Witton Gilbert on the outskirts of Durham; one in Langley Park and one in Stanley. At the same time arrests were also made at properties in Hetton-le-Hole and Houghton-le-Spring in the Northumbria area.

Those arrested have been detained on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

A Landrover car, suspected to have been bought with the crime money, was also seized by police from one of the Witton Gilbert properties.

All are currently in custody and will be interviewed later today.

The operation was carried out under Durham Constabulary’s ongoing ‘Sledgehammer’ campaign to target organised crime.

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