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24 year jail term for County Durham paedophile

A man from County Durham who raped and committed other sexual abuse on two schoolgirls while working as a farm labourer in the 1970s, has been given a 24-year prison sentence.

John Regan, who is now 66 years old, must serve at least 12 years behind bars before the Parole Board can consider if it is safe to allow his release.

The offences were carried out in the 1970's when his victims were aged between 10 and 14.

John Regan. Credit: ITV News

Regan, from High Etherley, Bishop Auckland, had been found guilty at the end of November after a trial.

On his eventual release from prison he will then be subject to scrutiny under an extended licence period of 14 years.


Man charged after couple are tied up and robbed

A man has been charged after a couple were tied up in their own home and robbed.

The couple were targeted at their home in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, in the early hours of Tuesday (Sept 27th).

Kevin Hardwick, of Frederick Street, Coundon, County Durham, has been charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated vehicle taking, no insurance, possession of cannabis and driving whilst disqualified.

The 38-year-old was remanded in custody.


Man arrested after robbery involving a meat cleaver in County Durham

A man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary after a couple were burgled in Bishop Auckland in the early hours of yesterday (27th September)

The 38-year-old local man is currently being interviewed by detectives.

The incident happened at around 12.15am when a man, armed with what is believed to be a meat cleaver, smashed the downstairs window of a property to gain entry.

The couple in the house were tied up while a number of items were stolen.

Couple tied up by man armed with meat cleaver

A couple have been burgled by a man armed with a meat cleaver in Bishop Auckland.

At around 12.15am on September 27, a man smashed the downstairs window of a property to gain entry. A man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s were inside with their teenage children.

The suspect tied up the couple before leaving the house with a number of items, including a quantity of cash, Barbour jackets, and several pairs of Barbour shoes plus the couple’s Audi A1 car. The car left in the direction of Bishop Auckland Market Place.

A short time later, the Audi was found abandoned following a collision near to the Bertie clothing store in Bishop Auckland town. There had been an attempted break-in at the store in which the front window was smashed, which officers believe may be linked to the burglary on Durham Road.

“This was an extremely distressing incident for the victims who have been left shaken but thankfully uninjured.

“I am keen to hear from anyone who was in either the Durham Road or Market Place areas of Bishop Auckland in the early hours of this morning and may have seen something that could help our investigation. I would also like to hear from anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of the stolen items.

“Thankfully, incidents of this nature are extremely rare in our force area and I would like to reassure everyone that we are doing all that we can to trace the individual responsible as quickly as possible.”

– Detective Inspector Paul Phillips

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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