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Retired vicar jailed for historic sex offences

A retired vicar who indecently assaulted a young girl over forty years ago has been jailed following a trial at Kingston Crown Court.

Graham Gregory, 79 of Brockfield Park Drive, Huntington, York was sentenced to three years in prison at Kingston Crown Court having been found guilty in 2014 of two counts of indecent assault on a girl under 13 years.

Gregory was acquitted of two further counts of indecent assault following a retrial at the same court.

Detectives were contacted by a woman in 2012 who claimed that she had been abused as a child between 1969 and 1971 when she lived in Wandsworth and attended the church where Gregory was curate. She told officers that he kissed her on several occasions before assaulting her.

A second woman - who also knew Gregory through the same church - informed officers that she too had been abused as a child.

Gregory denied the allegations but was charged with five counts of indecent assault, and found guilty of two.

Police are appealing for any other victims to come forward:

Gregory abused his position as a figure of trust and authority. It takes a lot of courage to report this type of crime and in some cases victims feel that they are only able to come forward years after the offence. This conviction highlights that regardless of how much time has passed, we remain committed to bringing offenders before the courts. I would urge anyone else who may have been a victim of Gregory’s abuse to contact with the police.

– Detective Constable Aaron Vardy, of the Met’s Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command

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Police search vehicle in Grangetown incident

Police were called to Westcroft Road, Grangetown, and Briar Road, Thornaby to reports of a disturbance at around 8am on May 28.

The disturbance involved people in two vehicles, one of which was later located in the Briar Road area of Thornaby. Officers are currently searching that vehicle.

One man, aged in his twenties, has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences and attempted assault.

Newborn baby boy left on doorstep in Horden

Police say a newborn baby was found on a doorstep in Horden, Peterlee. The baby boy was taken to hospital and is well.

“We can confirm that a newborn baby was found at 4.48am on the doorstep of a property in the Horden area today.

“The little boy was taken North Tees Hospital and is thankfully fit and well.

“We are now working closely with our partners at Durham County Council’s Children Services as part of this investigation.

“However, our priority is that mother and baby, who has been named Jack by hospital staff, get all the support necessary.

“We are obviously concerned about the mother’s welfare and want to reassure her we are all here to help.”

– Detective Inspector Aelfwynn Sampson, from Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding, team

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.

Baby was abandoned in street confirm police

Police have confirmed a baby was abandoned this morning but cannot confirm further details at this point. It is believed that a baby was left in the street next to a medical centre in Horden, Peterlee.

Driving by the scene was taxi driver Councillor Mary Cartwright who gave ITV News Tyne Tees this statement:

"I was coming back from a job at the airport and I called by a friend's house. It was 04.30am so no-one was around. As I came round the bend the whole of Horden was deserted apart from a police car and I saw a policeman stood holding a baby in his arms. It was about 04.50am so no-one else was around. You could just see the baby's head protruding from the blankets.

"Suddenly, an ambulance pulled up and I thought it was odd that no one got out. The policeman ran straight to the ambulance and passed the baby to the person in the passenger's seat and they were off, straight away. The police and the ambulance service did such a grand job. The policeman waved and asked me to turn around. "I'm a mother myself and have three girls, so I went straight on Facebook and put a plea out for the mother to contact me. She must be very distressed - I hope she gets in touch. She'll be needing help."

– Cllr Mary Cartwright
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