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Headteacher 'manipulated youthful naivety' for sex

Commenting on the sentencing of headteacher Anne Lakey for eight years, the Crown Prosecution Service released a statement praising the victims, and expressing hope that they would now find closure.

“I would like to praise the bravery of the two victims in this case, who have been instrumental in helping us to build a robust case against Anne Lakey. Mrs Lakey manipulated the youthful naivety of both of these young men for her own sexual gratification. By persisting with her denial of guilt throughout both the investigation and prosecution of this case, she has prolonged the process for both victims.

“I appreciate that this outcome will involve mixed emotions for the two victims of Mrs Lakey’s actions but I would hope that the sentence passed upon her today brings a measure of closure for both of them.

“I hope that this case provides further reassurance to anyone who has been victim of sexual offences, no matter how much time may have passed, that police and prosecutors will continue to work together to bring those responsible to justice.”

– John Dilworth, Crown Prosecution Service

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Head teacher faces jail for under-age sex crimes

Anne Lakey is due to be sentenced today. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

A head teacher - once praised as inspirational - is expected to be jailed today for sex offences against two underage boys.

Ann Lakey, from Stanley in County Durham, was yesterday convicted of indecent assaults on one boy aged 13 or 14, and another aged 15.

The offences dated back to the 1980s.

Yesterday a judge at Teesside Crown Court granted Lakey bail in order to put her affairs in order, and ordered her to return on Wednesday for sentencing.

Lakey was told that a custodial sentence was inevitable.

Police warnings after series of arson attacks

Police are warning residents in Stanley to remain on their guard after a series of arson attacks.

It comes after a weekend that saw five fires started deliberately in the Poets Estate area of the town.

A 26-year-old man arrested in connection with the incidents has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Chief Inspector for neighbourhoods, Sue Robinson, said:

We know that the fires have been a significant concern to local people.

We have plenty of police patrols running in Stanley but we are also asking that local people help us to help them keep safe.

They should remain vigilant; if they see or hear anything suspicious we would like them to report it immediately to police.

– Sue Robinson

Anyone with information that could help officers investigating the fires is asked to get in touch, by calling 101.

School to remain closed after 'deliberate' fire

A school in County Durham is expected to remain closed for the rest of the week following a fire that is thought to have been started deliberately.

The blaze broke out at Burnside Primary School in Stanley on Monday evening and is being investigated by the police. It happened sometime between 7.30 and 8.10pm.

Durham Police, along with the fire service, are working to establish what happened.

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Whose trainer is this? "Cinderella" thief leaves shoe clue

Credit: Durham Police

Police have issued an appeal for a "Cinderella" would-be thief who left his trainer at the scene of a crime in County Durham.

A man tried to steal cider from the Co-op in Tyne Road in Stanley at 9.30pm on Sunday night.

For reasons unknown, he left a grey, red and black Nike Air Max trainer at the shop before fleeing.

Police tweeted a photo of the shoe, hoping someone might recognise it.

Trial hears teacher "had sex with teenager for months"

The trial of a headteacher from County Durham on sex offences has heard from the alleged victim, who says she regularly had sex with him when he was aged 13 and 14.

Anne Lakey, from Stanley, denies nine offences against the boy, who was not her pupil, during the late 1980s while she was a teacher.

Anne Lakey, 54, leaves Durham Crown Court during the trial, which is ongoing

Durham Crown Court has heard that Lakey would have sex with the boy over a period of months when he was supposed to be at school and she was supposed to be at work.

The alleged victim said he had been the one to end it, after feeling he did not want it to carry on. He said he lost his temper after she told him he could not go and could not tell anyone. He pushed his way past her and left.

He told the jury that only as an adult did he realise it was wrong.

The trial at Durham Crown Court continues.

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