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Bedlington rapist jailed for eight years

Christopher Rosean. Credit: Northumbria Police

A rapist has been jailed for eight years for a terrifying attack on a woman in her home.

The victim, who cannot be named, was so traumatised by her ordeal at the hands of Christopher Rosean, who threatened her with a knife, she could not face going back to her house, in South Tyneside, where it happened.

Her fear was so intense she had a panic alarm fitted in her home in a bid to help her feel safe before Rosean was convicted and put behind bars.

Rosean, 41, of Bishops Meadow, Bedlington, denied two rape charges, relating to the same attack, during a trial at Newcastle Crown Court but was found guilty by a jury.

His denials meant his victim had to relive the nightmare of what happened to her from the witness box.

Judge Penny Moreland said Rosean must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim, both orders last a full lifetime.

The judge told Rosean: "She was utterly terrified.

"You used violence to an extreme extent, causing her to be utterly terrified of you.

"It took place in her home and she has been unable to return to that home.

"What you did has had a significant impact upon her.

"She is frightened and scared and you have damaged her self confidence by your offending."

The court heard the victim's work and family life have been hugely effected by her ordeal at the hands of Rosean, who originally comes from America.

Prosecutor Gavin Doig told the court: "This has had a significant impact on her, she had difficulty sleeping after the event and no longer felt safe in her own home."

Man has ear bitten off in Northumberland

A man had to be taken to hospital after having part of his ear bitten off when he was attacked in Northumberland.

The victim was assaulted inside a flat on Front Street East in Bedlington at around 6:50pm on November 21. He was taken to Wansbeck Hospital before being transferred to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for further treatment.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and is currently in police custody.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

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Hit and run in Bedlington

Police are appealing for information after a hit and run collision in Northumberland. A woman and her three children were driving in Glassey Terrace in Bedlington on September 28, when a red Peugeot car tried to overtake them. The Peugeot collided with their car and did not stop.

The collision caused substantial damage to the victim's car.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.

Local people stop street assault in Bedlington

Police are appealing for information after an assault in Bedlington. A man was delivering leaflets on Park Road and Sleekburn Avenue when he was attacked by a man on October 5. The offender was punching and kicking the man when local people came out of their homes to challenge him.

The victim was left with minor injuries.

The offender is described as being white, in his late 30s to early 40s and around 5ft8ins tall.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Drugs recovered in raids in Northumberland

A police operation in Northumberland has resulted in arrests and officers have recovered drugs. Officers from Bedlington carried out four search warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act at properties in Bedlington and Cambois.

Three people were arrested: a 28-year-old man on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug, amphetamine, and a 33-year-old woman on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug Class B, amphetamine both.

Both were bailed pending further enquiries.

Another woman aged 30 was arrested and charged with possessing cannabis and another woman also 30 has been reported for summons on suspicion of possessing a Class C drug, cannabis. Officers also seized a quantity of cannabis and diazepam tablets and amphetamine powder during the house searches.

"We regularly speak with our communities and we know that illegal drug use is an issue that causes concern which is why we are carrying out this operation. Drug use, cultivation or supply all cause misery to our communities and will not be tolerated. We want to encourage people who have information about illegal drugs use to contact their neighbourhood officers. Anyone suspected of being involved in illegal drugs activity should be aware that officers will target them. "

– PC Steven Nicklin, Bedlington Neighbourhood Policing Team

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Man spotted with knife in Bedlington

Police are appealing for information after a man was seen carrying a knife in Bedlington.

The man was seen banging on the front door of an address in Cornwell Crescent on the evening of Wednesday 13 March, and when approached by a neighbour, produced a knife and ran off.

The man is:

  • White
  • Aged between 19 to 23-years-old
  • Around 6 feet tall
  • Of slender build
  • Wearing a blue hoody with a gold Adidas logo on the front

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.

Appeal after Bedlington gravestone damaged

Police are appealing for information after a gravestone was damaged in a cemetery in Bedlington.

The gravestone in the West Lea Cemetery in Netherton Lane was damaged at some point between Thursday 28 February and Wednesday 13 March, and thieves also stole a number of lights that had been left at the grave.

"To carry out damage like this to a gravestone is disgusting and causes a lot of anguish to the victims.

"We are carrying out enquiries into the incident and I'd urge anyone who knows who is responsible to report it to police.

"There is no place in our communities for anyone who thinks behaviour like this is acceptable."

– Bedlington PC Craig Davison

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact police on 101.

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