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Middlesbrough stabbings: two arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment.

Park Lane. Credit: ITV News

Police investigating two stabbings in Middlesbrough this morning have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of false imprisonment.

A 46 year old man and a woman aged 26 are being questioned by detectives.

At 710am police were called to an address on Park Lane where a 41 year old man was found with stab wounds.

A second man, aged 35, was found a short time later at a property on Myrtle Street. He also had stab wounds.

The two men are still in hospital receiving treatment.

Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Police: Dark Justice sting was too risky

Northumbria Police say they do not condone the actions of 'Dark Justice' - the group which has brought a paedophile to justice by tricking him online.

John Rudd, 57, from Stockton, was jailed for a year today and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for ten years after admitting a charge of attempting to meet a child after secular grooming.

He'd been snared by Dark Justice, after members of the group posed as a 14 year old girl online, and arranged to meet Rudd.

The say Dark Justice should have carried out such an operation themselves.

We note the sentencing today at Newcastle Crown Court. We'd like to make it clear that Northumbria Police does not advocate people carrying out such 'investigations' themselves. There are many risks associated with this - these groups are not aware of full details of the person they are dealing with, they have no way of safeguarding potential child victims and their actions could jeopardise ongoing police investigations, not to mention the risks posed to themselves. They can also lead to the diverting of significant resources into protecting suspects, which would be better invested in investigating and prosecuting suspected offenders. We have specialist officers who are trained to deal with and investigate this type of crime working alongside partner agencies - I'd urge people to leave it to the police. Cases involving child sexual abuse have a huge emotional impact on not only victims and families, but also on the general public who may not be directly involved and we understand the desire to protect children. However, we would urge anyone with information on crimes of this nature, online or otherwise, to contact police. We rely on the assistance of the public in preventing and detecting crime. Working closely with communities is a vital way in which we gain information, and their active engagement in fighting crime and bringing offenders to justice."

– Detective Superintendent George Duff, Northumbria Police


Top Gear producer asks police not to pursue Clarkson

A spokesperson from North Yorkshire Police said today:

“Earlier this week we made contact with Mr Tymon’s lawyers to ask for his views on the incident at Simonstone Hall, and how – as the central person in this matter - he wished us to proceed.

“This morning we received a letter from Mr Tymon’s lawyers indicating that he does not wish the police to pursue an investigation on his behalf.

“We understand the letter was also issued to the media.

“We are grateful to Mr Tymon for clarifying his position, as we can now take this fully into account. This is North Yorkshire Police’s usual approach.

“We have some final interviews to complete with guests who witnessed the incident as their perspectives also need to be considered.

“When these conversations are complete, we will issue a statement on our website as appropriate.”

Woman sexually assaulted in care home

A man has escaped with a community order after sexually assaulting a woman in a care home.

Stephen McDonnell admitted pinning the victim to a resident's bed before trying to kiss her while stroking her leg.

The 44-year-old carried out the offence last year at a care home in South Tyneside.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the victim, who was not a resident, has been left depressed and "crying every day" following the attack.

McDonnell admitted sexual assault on the day of his trial.

Judge Robert Adams told McDonnell of Galsworthy Road, South Shields: "You certainly should be ashamed of your activities."

Judge Adams handed McDonnell a three year community order with supervision and ordered him to attend a sex offenders programme for 54 days.

He also told McDonnell he would appear on the sex offences register for five years and gave him an indefinite restraining order against the victim.


Caught on camera: the moment John Rudd is confronted by paedophile-hunters 'Dark Justice'

This is the moment that John Rudd realised that the 14 year old girl he thought he was meeting on the Millennium Bridge turned out to be members of paedophile-hunting group Dark Justice.

'You can hide but the police are on their way' he is told.

Thanks to their efforts, Rudd, from Stockton-on-Tees, was today jailed for one year and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for ten years.

Paedophile jailed after 'Dark Justice' sting on Tyneside

John Rudd. Credit: Dark Justice

A man who thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl but was being tricked by a group of internet paedophile hunters has been jailed for a year at Newcastle Crown Court.

John Rudd, 57, from Appleton Road, Stockton, Teesside, contacted a fake profile set up by the group Dark Justice, and arranged a meeting even after being told the "girl" was under-age.

When Rudd travelled to Newcastle for the illegal rendezvous, he was shocked to find two men in their 20s armed with a video camera waiting for him on the Millennium Bridge.

Rudd was arrested minutes later, and Dark Justice made statements to the police.

The sex offender was charged with attempting to meet a child after secular grooming.

He admitted the offence and was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court, just yards from where Dark Justice's sting operation took place in November.

Judge Penny Moreland jailed him for a year and placed him on the Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years.

The vigilantes, who describe themselves as concerned citizens, set up a profile on the site Badoo in the name Donna.

When Rudd was caught, Dark Justice filmed him saying: "I just feel stupid."

Dark Justice revealed outside the court that members wear bullet-proof vests for their meetings.

They hope publicity might make paedophiles reconsider trying to meet children, and raise awareness among parents.

Police investigate two stabbings in Middlesbrough

Police are investigating two stabbings in Middlesbrough. Part of Park Lane is cordoned off. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police in Middlesbrough are investigating two stabbings in the town.

At 7.10am on Friday officers were called to an address on Park Lane, where they found a man, aged 41, with stab injuries.

Shortly afterwards a second man was found at a property on Myrtle Street where a 35 year old man had also suffered stab injuries.

Cleveland Police say both men have been taken to hospital for treatment, although their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Police cordons remain in place on Park Lane, Victoria Road and Myrtle Street while enquiries continue.

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