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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.

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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.

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