"This sentence reflects the seriousness of the crimes he committed and I hope it gives some closure to his victim.
"Rape is a hugely traumatic experience but we want people to know help is always available and we'd urge people to come forward and report it.
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Major routes were brought to a standstill, homes were left without power and more than a hundred schools were forced to close due to snow.
Ben Stokes is due to appear in court on an affray charge on the same day he would be making his international return.
It's causing chaos on the region's roads but the snow has created some stunning landscapes across the North East.