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Teenage mum jailed for false sex attack claim

A teenage mum who falsely claimed she had been the victim of a sex attack has been put behind bars for six weeks.

As a result of the fake allegation made by Riah Toms, an innocent man spent seven hours in a police cell and a month on bail.

Newcastle Crown Court heard 19-year-old Toms made the false claim to try and explain why her boyfriend Aaron Cammock attacked the victim outside Arizona bar in Sunderland on April 4 last year.

Toms had hoped her fake allegation may have saved her boyfriend from going to jail for the violence he used.

Last May 20-year-old Cammock, of Goschen Street, Southwick was jailed for 33 months for his vicious attack on the victim, who was punched and kicked in the head.


Safety message for women following Middlesbrough sex attacks

Young women have been urged to be careful during nights out in Middlesbrough, following two reports of rape in the town.

Detectives investigating the sex attacks have confirmed they are linking the two incidents.

A 19-year-old woman was picked up by a taxi driver in the Tollesby Road area in the early hours of Wednesday 8th August.

She was in a distressed state, and told police she had been raped at a nearby address.

Police received a second report of rape from a 20-year-old woman at around 2.20am on Wednesday 17th October, also in the area of Tollesby Road.

The woman had been on a night out with friends at The Keys Night Spot on Linthorpe Road shortly before the attack.

Chief Inspector Dave Lamplough says:

"Our priority is to catch the person responsible for these terrible crimes as quickly as possible, but we need the public's help. Perhaps you have been on a night out and seen a man acting suspiciously in or around a pub or club.

He may even have been behaving normally - in conversation with the victims and have left with her, in a taxi or private motor vehicle.

I would urge people enjoying a night out to take the usual sensible precautions, stay with your friends and have a plan for the end of the night, how are you going to get home, do you have money put aside for a taxi, have you booked a taxi, is your phone charged or topped up?

I would also advise people to drink responsibly and do not leave drinks unattended in case they are spiked. Only accept a drink from someone you know and trust, and look out for your friends; stay with them and don't go off on your own.

Make arrangements to meet up, either during or at the end of the night so that you can be sure everyone gets back home safely.

Finally, if you are using a taxi or mini-cab to get home, make sure it is properly licensed.

The car should have a licence plate displayed on the back and the driver should have an identification badge.

– Chief Inspector Dave Lamplough, Middlesbrough Police