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Woman jailed for £450,000 iPad scam

Kirsty Cox. Credit: North News

A woman has been jailed for two years for ripping off customers in an iPad scam worth £450,000.

Kirsty Cox, who is 37 and from Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, had pleaded guilty to four charges arising from the scam.

Teesside Crown Court heard how she had told customers that she would be able to source cut-price iPads in the run up to Christmas 2012 but after taking payment up front, was unable to supply the popular tablets.

The defence said she made no personal profit and was suffering from mental health issues at the time and that things went wrong when the business escalated.

Kirsty Cox had earlier pleaded guilty to four charges of fraud. She had told customers she could source cut-price iPads for them in the run up to Christmas 2012 but after taking payment up front, she was unable to supply them.

The court was told at one point she had around 4,000 orders and had spent £1.5 million at PC World, buying full price tablets to supply to those she had promised cut-price deals.

Judge George Moorhouse sentenced her to two years in custody. He said she had caused considerable suffering through her false representations and had brought misery to people, including some young children expecting presents that never arrived.

Full report: Rapist Wayne Scott sentenced

A former Cleveland Police Officer has been sentenced to 19 years for raping two women and sexually assaulting a child.

Wayne Scott attacked one of his victims seven times over many years, while he was off duty.

Police now believe he attacked as many as 11 people in total both on and off duty, including raping one child in the back of his police van. Our correspondent Dan Ashby reports.

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Police appeal after couple steal presents from sack

Police have issued an appeal after presents were stolen from a sack. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police are asking for help to identify a man and a woman suspected of stealing Christmas presents from a sack that had fallen off a delivery van in York.

The incident happened on the morning of Friday 13th December in the SalisburyTerrace area of York.

The pair rummaged through the sack and took items including some Paul Smith brown leather shoes and a Hugo Boss perfume gift set.

Anyone with information relevant to the case can contact North Yorkshire Police by calling 101 and following the instructions. The incident number is 12130215360.

£1.5 million heroin and cocaine haul seized on Tyneside

The Border Force have seized £1.5 million worth of cocaine and heroin from the Port of Tyne.

A 57-year-oldDutch man has been charged with drug smuggling.

The seizure was made on 7th December. A lorry containing the drugs was stopped as it came off a ferry, which had sailed from the Netherlands.

Officers discovered around 110kg or heroin and cocaine, 170kg of cannabis and 50kg of amphetamines.

Anyone with information relevant to this investigation should call 0800 59 5000.

“This was an excellent seizure by our officers and it has kept a large amount of harmful drugs off our streets. We will continue to work hard to keep our borders safe and crack down on drug smuggling.”

– Christine Brown, Assistant Director for the Border Force

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Police warning over window cleaning scam in Whitley Bay

Police are warning residents in North Tyneside about a window cleaning scam in the area.

Officers received reports over the weekend that two men were knocking on doors in Whitley Bay, claiming to have cleaned the windows and asking to be paid. Enquiries established the windows had not been cleaned.

The men reportedly visited addresses in Hawthorn Gardens, Kingsley Avenue and Kensington Gardens on Saturday and Sunday.

Members of the public who know the identity of the men can contact Northumbria Police on 101 and extension 69191. The case reference number is 923071213.

Nine people arrested after shoplifting investigation

Police seized suspected stolen property as part of Operation Soundwave. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police investigating organised shoplifting have arrested nine people after early morning raids in Newcastle.

They were looking into organised shoplifting targeting stores in Eldon Square, Kingston Park, Team Valley and the Metro Centre.

The dawn raids took place on Monday 9th December. As well as making arrests, police seized vehicles and recovered suspected stolen property.

The raids were part of Northumbria Police's Operation Soundwave, which aims to tackle thefts and burglary in the region over the festive period.

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