A businessman from Chester-le-Street has become the first to be sent to prison as a result of Operation Sanctuary, a major Northumbria Police investigation into allegations of a series of sexual offences.
Gurhan Sayan targeted his victim in Newcastle city centre when she stumbled and lost her shoe. The 28-year-old woman, who had been drinking, could not remember how she got into his car, but woke to find she had been driven some distance from the city centre.
She was then attacked inside the vehicle. At Newcastle Crown Court today Guhan Sayan was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison. He was also given a 10-year Prohibition Order, banning him from transporting females he does not know in his car. He'd pleaded guilty to an sex assault charge at at earlier hearing.
At 9.25pm on Good Friday police received a call from staff at Sainsbury’s Local, The Avenue, Chester-Le-Street stating that a man had come into the store in a Halloween mask.
He jumped over the till, took money, and made off from the store.
Det Insp Gavin Heckles, who is leading the investigation said:“The shop assistant has been really shaken by this incident and I would request anyone with information to come forward to help catch this male. He is wearing a distinctive Halloween mask and pink gloves, do you recognise him?”
The man is believed to have run from the store down Fife Avenue in the direction of the train station.
He is described as being over six feet tall and of stocky build, wearing dark trousers and long sleeved white cotton shirt.
England's women cricketers are arriving in the North East ahead of tomorrow's final Ashes match at Chester-le-Street.
The team, led by Charlotte Edwards, won the series and regained the Ashes yesterday in Southampton. They will play the final Twenty20 match tomorrow at the Durham Emirates ICG in a double-header with the men's team, who take on Australia in their own Twenty20 in the afternoon.