Terrifying violence and sick sex offending are among the crimes to put these criminals behind bars.
Judges at Newcastle Crown Court handed prison sentences to all these men and women in February.
Their crimes include rape, dangerous driving and smuggling drugs into prisons.
Here are the criminals locked-up in February 2021.
Stephen assaulted a teenager more than 13 years ago has this week been jailed.
Stephen Davis, 53, subjected the young girl to months of abuse which began back in 2007.
The victim bravely came forward and reported it to police in 2019.
Now Davis, of Patterson Close, has been jailed for five years after pleading guilty to three counts of sexual assault when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday (February 5).
He was also handed a 15-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which gives specific restrictions on Davis to prevent harm to an individual or others, and is also required to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Leading the investigation, Detective Constable Graeme Cole said the girl had shown exceptional courage and hopes it gives a clear message to other victims of abuse that it is never too late to report it to police.
Det Con Cole said: "This man is a predatory paedophile who has taken advantage of his victim in the most horrendous of ways. She has suffering in silence about her abuse and it has caused her so much emotional turmoil.
"She has been so brave to finally come forward and speak out against her abuser and I hope this sentence can bring some form of closure for her.”
Davis was also sentenced on Friday for two unconnected offences after being further convicted of attempting to incite a female in sexual activity and engaging in sexual communication with a child.
A night of socialising ended in bloodshed when this thug attacked his close friend with a machete.
Pals Benjamin Appleby and Callum Sawyer had enjoyed a pleasant evening when things suddenly turned sour over Appleby’s claim Mr Sawyer was trying to steal while in his home.
Newcastle Crown Court heard he accused him of attempting to steal his girlfriend’s ring but prosecutors do not accept any such act occurred.
Mr Fish said: “A pleasant night was had until the defendant, for no reason, started to accuse Mr Sawyer of stealing one of his girlfriend’s rings.
Appleby then attacked his friend with a machete, striking him repeatedly.
Mr Sawyer managed to get out of the property and fell to the ground.
Appleby then rang for an ambulance but said someone else had carried out the attack and told the same lie to police who turned up at the scene, the court was told.
Officers were suspicious and when they looked inside Appleby’s home, they saw extensive blood stains and found a machete down the back of a sofa.
Appleby, 29, of Scoreby Close, Sunderland, who has five previous convictions, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and was jailed for five years and three months.
Pervert David Young kept his sickening past a secret while on a day trip with a mother and her child – in breach of restrictions designed to keep youngsters safe.
Young had served a 40-month prison sentence in 2013 for three offences of engaging in sexual activity with a child and two of assault.
But after starting a relationship with a mum from South Tyneside, he failed to disclose his sordid history.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 32-year-old, who is on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life, went on a fishing and park trip with the mum and child last summer.
But before a second trip that had been arranged could take place, the woman found out the truth about his past and told police.
Young, of Elliott Street, Blyth, Northumberland, admitted breach of a sexual harm prevention order. He also admitted breach of sex offender registration requirements by failing to disclose a change of address within the required time.
At the time of the offences he was on a suspended sentence for a previous breach of the sexual harm prevention order by talking to an underage girl.
Young was sentenced to 28 months behind bars. at Newcastle Crown Court.
David Hogg acted out of “misplaced loyalty” when he took heroin and some tablets to his friend of 20 years in HMP Northumberland.
Newcastle Crown Court heard he agreed to take the package because his friend was in debt to other inmates.
It was during a visit to the jail in Acklington, Northumberland, on March 20 last year that the offence was spotted on CCTV, Newcastle Crown Court was told.
Both men were detained and a package made up of three layers of plastic film contained 587mg of heroin and 106 tablets of two class C drugs.
Mr Robson said: “The defendant was arrested and taken to the police station.
Hogg, 39, of Maude Terrace, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, who has 49 previous convictions and previously served time for possessing heroin, pleaded guilty to supplying heroin and the two class C drugs and was jailed for 20 months.
A mother was left terrified after William Storey threw tins of potatoes at her house then brandished an axe and uttered arson threats.
The lout had fallen out with the woman’s partner in the months leading up to the offending.
After the potatoes failed to break the windows, the 59-year-old threatened he would burn down the house then “shouted and remonstrated” with strangers in the street while armed with the axe, Newcastle Crown Court was told.
Storey, of West Lodge Cottages, Ashbrook, Sunderland, admitted attempted criminal damage, possessing a bladed article, threatening criminal damage and a public order offence.
He was sentenced to 13 months in jail and given a five-year restraining order to keep him away from the mum’s house.
School worker Sandra Graham who had been drinking at a pub to celebrate the start of the summer holidays struck three cyclists then left them lying injured in the road.
The chemistry technician was in a car with her daughter when she struck the cyclists on the A193 Links Road at Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
The 48-year-old sped off, leaving the men lying in the road with a catalogue of injuries.
But she was followed by another motorist who saw what happened and took a picture of her Toyota Yaris.
Two of the victims suffered serious injuries that required surgery and the third was left in long-term pain that still requires treatment.
Graham of Beaumont Manor, Blyth, Northumberland, admitted two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop after an accident.
She was jailed for 25 months.
Jamie Barker, Lewis Herman, Rebecca McNally and Chelsea Wilson-Ford:
A football coach was subjected to a horrific torture ordeal in which he had his hair and feet set on fire and the word “nonse” carved into his back by these evil attackers who posted footage of his agony online.
Jordan Storey was attacked with weapons including an axe, sledgehammer, dog chain, knife and dumbbell bar, had cigarettes stubbed out on him and was tied to a chair by mocking attackers who filmed the brutality and posted it on social media.
There is no suggestion Mr Storey has been involved in any offences relating to what was carved in his back.
Jamie Barker, Lewis Herman, Rebecca McNally and Mr Storey’s close friend Chelsea Wilson-Ford all joined in the humiliating and degrading attack at Wilson-Ford’s flat in Whitley Bay.
Resigned to being murdered, Mr Storey listened as the thugs discussed killing him and disposing of his body on the beach then framing him for raping McNally, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Barker, 28, of Horton Avenue, Shiremoor; Herman, 25, of Hudson Street, North Shields; and McNally, 29, of Stanley Street, Wallsend, all pleaded guilty to wounding with intent. Wilson-Ford, 23, of The Esplanade, Whitley Bay, admitted unlawful wounding.
Barker, who has 78 previous convictions and Herman, who has 34 previous convictions, were each jailed for 10 years and three months. McNally got nine years and Wilson-Ford, who has no previous convictions, was locked up for two years.
All were also given indefinite restraining orders.
This road menace who told a judge that she could put money on him behaving well has finally lost his liberty after proving himself wrong yet again.
Daniel Rogerson made the claim about his ability to stay out of trouble as he walked out of a courtroom in July 2019, when he was sentenced for dangerous driving after trying to flee from the police at speed and veering off the road.
Judge Amanda Rippon, at Newcastle Crown Court, gave him a chance for that offence, imposing a community order.
But within weeks, he was spotted driving a Seat by the same PC who caught him the first time.
He fled at speed on to the A1, hit another car as he tried to take a slip road and flipped his car on to its roof before running off with his dog.
Dealing with him for offences including dangerous driving on September 16 last year the judge imposed a 10-month suspended prison sentence.
But Rogerson got behind the wheel of a car three weeks later, driving to a former friend’s house and smashing his window.
Rogerson, 22, of Tulip Close, Winlaton, Gateshead, was sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified and criminal damage.
Fraudster Tremayne Williams told bank staff he was a hostage who was being forced to carry out a con.
Williams went into the NatWest branch in Newcastle city centre in November last year and told the bank teller he had been ordered to fraudulently withdraw cash from a business account.
A court heard the 42-year-old fraudster told staff “two men were waiting outside” and he “needed help”.
Williams was initially treated as a victim of crime and offered help by the police, who later found out he had used the stolen identity of a man from the Chester-le-Street area to try and buy a Rolex watch worth over £29,000.
Newcastle Crown Court was told Williams had taken an American Express card out using the victim’s details and splashed out on more than £2,000 worth of property before trying to make the £29,350 purchase, which was declined.
And when police searched his home they found eight bank and credit cards, two identity cards, four driving licences, two card readers, two chip and pin readers and a passport belonging to a Sunderland University student that had been stolen during a break-in.
Williams, of High Quay, Newcastle, admitted two offences of fraud, one of making articles for use in fraud, handling stolen goods and possessing articles for use in fraud.
He was jailed for 22 months at Newcastle Crown Court.
Craig Shackleton has been jailed for raping a 12-year-old girl, a crime members of his family tried to cover up.
A court heard they then set about perverting the course of justice to try to help undermine the child's credibility.
But the 29-year-old, of Ladykirk Road, Benwell, Newcastle, was convicted of three counts of rape of a child after a trial and has now been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
His mother, Janet Burton, 56, and sister, Samantha Shackleton, 18, were given suspended sentences after pleading guilty to perverting justice.
The sexual offending came to light when the girl's dad was using his mobile phone and received notifications of Facebook messages meant for his daughter, as she had been logged in on his device, Newcastle Crown Court heard,
He saw messages between the girl and Shackleton and noticed kisses at the end of them and that they were telling each other they loved each other.
To his horror, he then saw a message indicating they had been having sex and subsequently discovered Shackleton was a man in his 20s.
The police were involved and this led on to the discovery of other evidence against Shackleton showing he was in a sexual relationship with the girl.
As well as being jailed for 12 years Shackleton will have an additional year on licence and is subject to an indefinite restraining order to protect the victim. He will also be on the sex offenders register and subject to a sexual harm prevention order, both indefinitely.
When the allegations were made against Shackleton, and Burton and Samantha Shackleton found out, they set about trying to help him.
Police were told the Shackleton family were in possession of Facebook messages from the girl in which she appeared to admit she had lied about the allegations.
The faked messages included the victim purportedly saying she made up the allegations because her friends dared her to and that "I know Craig wouldn’t anything like that he’s a canny lad.”
Prosecutors said Burton and Samantha Shackleton provided the messages to the police with the intention of misleading the police into believing that the girl had confessed that her allegations were false, when they were not and she had not.
The prosecution was unable to say who the author of the messages was – whether the two women contrived to create the messages or whether a third party created them and the defendants provided them to the police knowing them to be untrue.
Burton, of Ladykirk Road, Benwell, was sentenced to eight months suspended for 12 months and Samantha Shackleton, of Ladykirk Road, Benwell, got four months suspended for 12 months. Both were also given restraining orders to protect the victim.
Former call centre manager Shauna Graham was caught passing drugs to her then-partner while visiting him in prison.
Graham was on a visit to see Shaun Mills at HMP Northumberland when camera operators saw the illegal exchange take place over a table.
She passed him two packages containing more than 450 class C tablets, including burprenorphine.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the offence took place at the jail, in Acklington, Northumberland, on Saturday, March 14 last year.
Graham has 15 previous convictions, including a similar offence of conveying drugs into prison from 2014, for which she got a suspended sentence, the court was told.
The 29-year-old from Peterlee, County Durham, pleaded guilty to conveying a banned item into prison and was jailed for six months.”
Conman David Sewell is behind bars after persuading a pensioner to hand over money.
The 91-year-old woman let Sewell into her home in the Horsley Hill area of South Shields in July last year, after he falsely claimed he was collecting money for a relative who was cleaning her windows.
But the woman’s son dropped in and caught Sewell inside the house. With the son knowing his story was false, the 42-year-old conman fled empty-handed.
Sewell, of Beach Road, South Shields, pleaded guilty to burglary with the intent to steal, at Newcastle Crown Court and was jailed for 11 months.
A brave coin dealer was left battered after fighting off this gun-toting robber.
Graham Donkin was working at his business in North Shields when Andrei Deleanu came in, posing as someone wanting to sell his collection.
When he opened his coat he had what turned out to be an imitation revolver, which he pointed at Mr Donkin, and threatened to shoot him.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Mr Donkin courageously grappled with the robber, who repeatedly punched him in the face and head, leaving him fearing he could be killed.
Deleanu, originally from Romania, fled empty-handed but then went on the run for more than two years in Cyprus and Ireland.
Now the 46-year-old, formerly of Royal Quays, North Shields, but latterly with no fixed address, has been jailed for four years and 10 months after he admitted attempted robbery and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Nosy drug dealer Thomas Armstrong was caught after stopping at a road accident to find out what was happening.
Armstrong brought himself to the attention of police by pulling up in an uninsured car which contained cocaine, cannabis, cash, a debtors list and three mobile phones. Having been bailed for that, he was caught with a similar kit in his car just weeks later.
Then, days after being banned for drug driving, he led police on a 120mph chase on the A1.
Now the 28-year-old, who admitted offences including possession with intent to supply and dangerous driving, has been jailed at Newcastle Crown Court.
Armstrong pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and MDMA, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, having no insurance, drug driving, possessing an offensive weapon and possessing cannabis.
He was jailed for three-and-a-half years and will be banned from driving for three years after his release.
This burglar, who made himself at home in a woman’s flat while she was out was caught after leaving his DNA on a can of lager.
Antoni Adams helped himself to food and drink in his victim’s home while she was away for a day.
When the woman returned to find him peering out of her window and asked what he was doing, the thief replied: “It’s not your house, I’ve been here all day”.
Newcastle Crown Court heard there were signs he had been there for some time and had consumed a cup of coffee, a can of Foster’s and had eaten food all around the flat, in Sunderland.
Adams, 33, of Warwick Terrace, Sunderland, admitted burglary and was jailed for 876 days.
Dangerous loner Gavin Gray used stolen photographs from women’s Facebook accounts to set up fake escort profiles.
The pervert bombarded victims with online abuse and sent their pictures to be advertised on an escorts website called Locanto.
Newcastle Crown Court heard one of the victims met Gray on a dating site and he took photographs of himself sexually abusing her while she was asleep and then advertised her as an escort.
The 42-year-old, of Marlow House, Blyth, Northumberland, also sent sexual messages to underage girls and illicit chat to a fake child profile set up by paedophile hunters.
Gray, of , Blyth, admitted attempting to have sexual communications with a child, sending malicious communications, having sexual communications with a child, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and two sexual assault charges.
He was jailed for eight years and must also sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for life.
Paedophile hunters snared this pervert who posed as a teenage boy and said he would travel 150 miles to meet a child in a hotel.
Abdul Choudhury, 34, said he was a 17-year-old boy when he befriended a 14-year-old's profile on Facebook in the summer of 2019.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Choudhury, asked the child, who said she lived in Nottinghamshire, to be his girlfriend and assured her she would not get in trouble with her mother "if she didn't find out".
Prosecutors said Choudhury asked the girl if she would have sex with him and said it would "feel nice".
The court heard vigilante group STOP were behind the fake 14-year-old's profile and set up a date for Choudhury to meet an adult female at Kingston Park Shopping Centre, in Newcastle, where the police arrested him.
When officers raided his home they found a total of 413 child abuse images, which included pictures and movies, on three of his computer devices.
Choudhury, of West View Road, Elswick, Newcastle, admitted attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity and making indecent photographs of children.
The court heard the images included 239 category A, which is the most serious, 109 category B and 65 category C.
He was jailed for three years and must sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for life.
This cruel thief asked to use a vulnerable woman’s bathroom before stealing from her and then returning to the scene of the crime.
Alan Lorrimer stopped to make friendly conversation with the woman on Balkwell Avenue, North Shields, before asking to use her toilet, in September last year.
But when she agreed Lorrimer repaid her kindness by stealing £90 from her purse – leaving her with just pennies to live off until her next payment, said police.
Several weeks later he decided to return to the address one evening and let himself in through an unlocked door.
But alerted by the noise, the resident went to investigate and found 42-year-old Lorrimer of St Johns Green, Percy Main, North Shields, in her hallway.
She confronted him and he fled.
CCTV from a neighbour’s home later placed him at the scene in early September and he was charged shortly after.
Lorrimer, who has over 80 other convictions, pleaded guilty to one count of theft and a count of burglary.
At Newcastle Crown Court he was sentenced to 40 months behind bars and given a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim.
He was also sentenced to a further 18 months for a different set of thefts from another vulnerable person – taking his sentence to a total of 58 months behind bars.
This thief burst a pipe while trying to steal copper piping, but was arrested by police, after they were tipped off by his soggy appearance.
Blundering Jamie Duff attempted to swipe copper piping from a vacant house in Lynemouth’s Dalton Avenue, in January 2020.
Police say he forced entry to the property and cut the copper pipes off the boiler, but the pipes were still full of water and he soaked himself.
A local resident who spotted a man in the garden called police.
Officers saw the damage damage and water-logged home and soon discovered Duff, who was soaked on a dry day.
He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and after DNA was taken from tools left at the scene Duff was charged.
The 26-year-old, of Woodhorn Lane, Newbiggin, pleaded guilty and has now been jailed for 25 months.
The sentence includes 23 months for the Dalton Avenue burglary and a further two months for a separate shed theft and for possession of cannabis.
Violent teenagers kicked, punched and stamped on a man's head in front of his terrified girlfriend after he refused to give them a cigarette.
The victim was walking his partner to a bus stop in Dudley, North Tyneside, when he was approached by three people, including Ethan Courtney, who he recognised from when they went to nearby Seaton Burn High School.
One of the group asked for a cigarette and then a drag off a cigarette and when he was refused, the man was met with threats towards the girlfriend.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the couple left the bus stop and decided to walk.
One of the trio then ran up behind them and threw a punch at the man, which he managed to duck beneath.
Prosecutors said he was then attacked by more than one person and was punched and kicked to the face.
And after the victim fell to the ground he was stamped on and kicked in the head, the court was told.
The sustained attack came to an end when a passer-by stopped his car to help and gave the couple a lift.
The assailants were Courtney, and a 15-year-old boy.
Courtney, 19, of Fern Drive, in Dudley, who has 51 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm on November 24 2019 and was locked up for 12 months.
The court heard the 15-year-old, who also spat at police, was given a referral order at youth court.
Vile Gary Ward attacked his heavily pregnant ex-partner just days after being given a restraining order banning him from going near her.
Ward had already subjected his former girlfriend to violence and was ordered to stay away from her at the end of August last year.
But just 11 days later he launched another shameful attack after being allowed into her home when she was 28 weeks pregnant with his child.
Newcastle Crown Court heard he "punched her repeatedly to the head and face, causing her to become dizzy and fall to the floor."
Ward then assaulted her again as she sat on the toilet.
The court heard when the victim ran from her home to get help, Ward hid in the base of her bed, and caused damage to it in the process, in a bid to avoid police.
Ward, of Dundas Street, Sunderland, admitted breach of a restraining order, common assault and criminal damage and was sentenced to 11 months behind bars.
Bilal Abbas, Umair Memon and Jordan Hamilton-Thomas:
A member of a bank anti-fraud team sold customer card details to a gang of con artists operating across the country.
Bilal Abbas, 30, has now been jailed for two years for his part in a sophisticated scam that saw fraudsters pocket more than £90,000 in cash and purchased goods.
Abbas used his position in Santander’s anti-fraud team to secure the card details of customers while verifying their account details, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
He would then sell that information to his associate Umair Memon, 28, who used it to purchase high value goods by telephone under a fake name.
A third man, Jordan Hamilton-Thomas, 32, would then attend the stores in person, posing as Memon’s son to collect the goods.
Days later the transactions would be identified as fraudulent by the bank and cancelled, leaving those businesses targeted out of pocket.
Newcastle Crown Court was told how the men used the details of 21 customers to target 13 different businesses across the country over a 14-month period.
But in April 2018 police became aware of their scam after a jewellers in the Metrocentre contacted officers to report suspicious activity.
The business was concerned after Hamilton-Thomas visited their store three days in a row to purchase Rolex watches worth more than £14,000, say police.
Officers arrived at the scene while the fraudster was waiting to collect the goods but he assaulted an officer and was able to flee the scene.
However, Memon had also attended the shopping centre and was arrested nearby after CCTV identified him as an associate of Hamilton-Thomas.
Enquiries eventually uncovered the huge fraud and Abbas was identified as being the only Santander employee to have had access to the details of each victim.
Abbas, of Park Lane, Keighley, West Yorkshire, and Memon, of Briarwood, Shipley, West Yorkshire, both admitted conspiracy to commit fraud and were jailed for two years.
Hamilton-Thomas, of Thirlmere Drive, West Ardsley, Leeds, admitted conspiracy to commit fraud and assault with intent to resist arrest. He was jailed for two years and two months.
Memon was also jailed for a further three months for unrelated driving offences
Peter Jobling threw a paving slab through his long-suffering mum's window and breached his restraining order for the 11th time.
Jobling, who has a mental health condition which makes him think he's rich and famous at times, is banned from going to his mum's home in Gateshead due to his previous misbehaviour.
However, he had repeatedly ignored the court order and already had nine previous convictions for breaching it, as well as 14 for criminal damage.
Newcastle Crown Court heard he turned up yet again at the home where his mum and stepfather live, demanding to see his "f****** mother" and demanding cash.
He then threw a paving slab through the front window.
The next day, Jobling returned and was shouting for his mother and money again.
But this time he went across the road to a neighbour's house.
Alec Burns, prosecuting, said: "The lady heard him demanding money and he then threw through her window another slab."
The court heard the windows cost around £300 each to repair.
Jobling had been given a community order in September last year for similar offending of breaching the restraining order and causing damage.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching a restraining order and two of criminal damage and was jailed for 14 months.
This arsonist set fire to his own flat in an attempt to kill himself and left his upstairs neighbour terrified as his home filled with thick black smoke.
Terence Hepburn started fires in his living room and bedroom and tried to barricade the door of his property, which is in a block of four.
Neighbours in Cowgate, Newcastle, forced their way in and dragged him to safety despite him protesting “Leave me alone, it’s warm”.
Newcastle Crown Court heard it was in July last year that the blaze was started at Hepburn’s home on Fouracres Road, Cowgate.
Neighbours managed to force entry and Hepburn, who was intoxicated, was dragged from his bedroom to outside.
An investigation revealed two seats of fire, with one in the living room made up of clothing, cushions and a plastic box and one in the bedroom comprising a quilt and mattress.
Hepburn, who has six previous convictions, pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered and was jailed for 28 months.
Thomas McCabe, who was banned from contacting his ex, has been jailed after he breached the order for the fourth time in six months.
McCabe was made subject of a restraining order in August 2020 after being convicted of assaulting his then-partner.
The 39-year-old was banned from contacting the woman in any way but ignored the court ruling and was found in her company just two days later.
He was given a suspended sentence but still failed to learn his lesson as he was back in contact with her within two weeks.
This time, McCabe was locked-up but he still couldn't resist temptation as he met-up with his ex shortly after his release in October last year.
And now, despite being given another suspended sentence and a final warning, McCabe has once again proved his disregard for court orders after police saw him chatting to the woman in a Whitley Bay street earlier this week.
Now McCabe, of Westoe Village, South Shields, is back behind bars after he pleaded guilty to his fourth offence of breaching a restraining order in just six months.
He was locked-up for 17 weeks.
A pensioner had a ring ripped from his finger by Leonard Tyler who then sold it to buy drink and drugs.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Leonard Tyler went to the 73-year-old’s home in Gateshead on May 24 last year as they have a mutual friend, and had met before.
But once inside, Tyler grabbed the man’s hand and pulled the ring, worth £300, from his finger.
It fell to the floor and the victim, who uses a walking stick, tried to pick it up but Tyler beat him to it.
Tyler was arrested at a hotel in Bensham and claimed the victim had given him the ring to help with their friend’s debts.
He sold it for £150 and spent the money on drink and drugs, the court heard.
Tyler, 31, of East Hill Road, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to theft and common assault and was jailed for 21 months and given a five-year restraining order.
Ledio Bicerri, Bieru Gjona and Nevruz Gjini:
These members of a gang, who were smuggled into the UK illegally, were caught with two carrier bags stuffed with more than £56,000 of dirty cash on Tyneside.
The three Albanian nationals came to the attention of police investigating an organised crime group running cannabis farms in Newcastle and Gateshead.
Nevruz Gjini, Bieru Gjona and Ledio Bicerri were observed coming out of a house in Gateshead which was being used as a drop-off and pick-up point by gangsters.
When police pulled over Gjini and Gjona in a Mercedes on the A1, a carrier bag containing £45,000 was found in the boot.
Bicerri was later also stopped, in a VW Passat, and had more than £11,000 in a carrier bag.
Newcastle Crown Court heard a further £112,941 was found in a house they had visited on Kitchener Street, Gateshead, but the property was used by a number of criminals and that cash could not be pinned on the trio.
Gjini, Gjona and Bicerri were initially facing charges in relation to the cannabis operation but that was dropped due to insufficient evidence.
The three men, who previously claimed they were victims of modern slavery, pleaded guilty to possessing criminal property and becoming concerned in a money laundering arrangement.
Bicerri, 22, of Durham Road, Gateshead, Gjini, 28 and Gjona, 33, both of no fixed address, all pleaded guilty to possessing criminal property and becoming concerned in a money laundering arrangement
They were each jailed for 16 months but will be released from prison having served eight months on remand.
A young girl was repeatedly raped after her family pressured her to drop earlier allegations against her abuser.
When the vulnerable child finally plucked up the courage to report that she had been abused by Craig Wight, it seemed her nightmare would be over.
But members of her family persuaded her it would be best if she withdrew the complaint, Newcastle Crown Court heard..
The youngster did as she was asked but months later Wight subjected her to a series of even more serious sex attacks, including multiple painful rapes.
Wight, of Hadrian Court, Killingworth, North Tyneside, admitted 18 sex offences including three of rape, although he raped her "at least four or five times", the court heard.
The 43-year-old paedophile, who groomed the victim by telling her he loved her, was jailed for 15 years and will be on the sex offenders register for life and subject to a sexual harm prevention order.
Adnan Mohammed continued to peddle laughing gas and cannabis to students despite being arrested and released by police three times.
Mohammed ran a busy business selling nitrous oxide and cannabis to young people in halls of residences on outskirts of Newcastle.
He first came to the attention of police in March 2018 "doing laps" around student accommodation, with a series of customers approaching his Toyota Yaris and buying substances.
When he pulled into the BP petrol station at the bottom of Shields Road, Newcastle, police approached and searched the car.
They found more than 2,000 canisters of nitrous oxide canisters in the boot and noted that a mobile phone was constantly ringing and receiving a large number of texts.
Some £475 in cash and 14 bags of cannabis were also found in the car, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Mohammed claimed the cannabis was for his own use and said it was not his car.
He refused to provide police with the pin for his phone but they could see texts on the lock screen indicating dealing.
Mohammed was released under investigation but just a few days later he was spotted in Shieldfield in the Yaris.
His car was searched again and 1,080 canisters of laughing gas were seized, along with £445.
He told police in relation to the nitrous oxide: "They are for whipping deserts".
The court heard Mohammed, who answered no comment in interview and refused to give the pin for his phone, was released under investigation again.
Then, in May 2018, he was caught at it again.
Mohammed, of Montague Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, pleaded guilty to four offences each of possession with intent to supply nitrous oxide and cannabis and one of possessing cocaine.
The 24-year-old, who has nine previous convictions, including one for possessing cannabis in August 2019, was jailed for 27 months.
Bungling burglar Wayne Elliott was easily caught after leaving his phone at the scene of the crime – complete with selfies and pictures of his passport.
While most burglars remove items, Wayne Elliott fled empty-handed but left behind the damning evidence.
A court heard he left the downstairs flat when confronted by the vulnerable homeowner, who uses a walking stick to help with her mobility problems.
Newcastle Crown Court heard it was after the 43-year-old raider escaped through a bedroom window that the victim realised he had stolen nothing but had left the incriminating property behind.
Elliott pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal in relation to the raid at Vine Street, Wallsend, on August 22 last year.
He also admitted burglary at a vacant flat in Holly Avenue, Wallsend, a few days earlier.
Elliott, of Holly Avenue, Wallsend, was jailed for 13 months.
This hungry serial burglar raided a victim's fridge.
Robert Young stole cake, cheese and milk worth £85 from a garage in Sunderland and was facing a prison sentence.
However a judge was persuaded to give the 29-year-old, who has 169 previous convictions, a chance to go on the straight and narrow in November.
He was told to comply with a drug rehabilitation requirement in an effort to get him off drugs and bring his offending to an end.
But within days of being bailed, he spurned the opportunity by breaking into another garage and stealing a valuable bike.
Young, of Hastings Street, Hendon, Sunderland, whose long list of previous convictions includes 13 for burglaries, pleaded guilty to two burglaries and one attempted burglary.
He was jailed for two years at Newcastle Crown Court.
This shop menace left two workers injured when they tried to foil him during a stealing spree.
Time after time, John Hall shamelessly stole items from stores in his home town to sell on to fund his alcohol habit.
And on the occasions when brave shop workers tried to prevent him from doing so, he assaulted them, Newcastle Crown Court was told.
One employee was left needing stitches to his hand when he attempted to stop the thief while a woman suffered an injured hand when he tried to grab bottles of alcohol from her.
Hall, 34, of Salisbury Street, Blyth, has been jailed after admitting 13 shop thefts, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, battery and a public order offence.
The battery charge related to a woman worker at Broadway Wines, Blyth, who suffered a bruised thumb when Hall forced her hand back in grabbing alcohol from her.
The assault occasioning actual bodily happened at the Select store, from which Hall had been barred.
The general manager tried to block him and there was a struggle during which the victim was hit on the arm with a bottle and suffered two deep cuts to his hand which had to be glued and stitched.
Hall, who has 18 previous convictions, was jailed for ten months.
Tyrin Miller left a vulnerable teenager with a shoe print on her face during a sickening attack after he accused her of being unfaithful to him.
Miller, who had been going out with the 18-year-old for three years, asked to meet up with her after they fell out over his suspicions.
A court heard the teenager told him she was visiting a friend who lived near his home that day - and he was waiting for her when she arrived.
She cannot remember the violence Miller inflicted upon her in last September but was able to match the tread pattern left on her cheek to trainers worn by him.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the vicious attack also left the woman with a fractured cheekbone, black eye and bruising to her brain.
Miller, of Roker Avenue, Sunderland, who has a previous conviction for an attack on another partner, admitted assault.
The 22-year-old was sentenced to 12 months behind bars with a four year restraining order to keep him away from the victim.
Along with an accomplice, Christopher Miller seriously injured a man in a savage beating in a busy street.
Miller and Jill Summers set upon Scott Hickson, attacking him with a weapon, kicks and stamps in shocking scenes caught on CCTV, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Mr Hickson was found by police in Blyth, Northumberland, with severe injuries, including three broken bones in April 2019.
Miller and Summers were initially charged with robbery but prosecutors accepted their guilty pleas to affray.
Miller, 42, of Beaumont Street, Blyth, who has 40 previous convictions, including for aggravated burglary, arson, theft, drugs supply and witness intimidation, was locked up for 17 months.
Summers,48, of Delaval Terrace, Blyth, who has six previous convictions, including theft, drugs and handling, was given 18 months suspended for two years.
Jamie Campbell assisted in cleaning up blood and mess at a murder scene.
When Campbell went to the home of Paul Watkins, he found he had killed Craig Eade during a fight.
But instead of raising the alarm, he decided to help clear up the extensive blood stains and mess in the living room and handled the dead man's shoes before they were disposed of.
Watkins is serving life for murder after removing Mr Eade's body on floorboards and dumping it in a wheelie bin.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Campbell had been in communication with Watkins before and after the murder, in Gateshead, in February 2017.
The court heard Campbell was arrested and interviewed at the time of the murder investigation but denied any involvement and denied being at the flat or helping Watkins.
But Campbell has since admitted assisting an offender and a separate offence of burglary from November last year in which he broke into a neighbour's home and stole, among other things, his food parcel.
The 31-year-old, of Adelaide Court, Gateshead, who has 17 previous convictions,was jailed for a total of four years.
Watkins was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years in 2017 after pleaded guilty to murdering Mr Eade, whose body was found in a wheelie bin in Deckham, Gateshead.
This getaway driver who helped a mystery robber target a shop.
The culprit who pointed a knife at a woman's chest and demanded money has not yet been caught but his accomplice in the car outside was Robbie Loughran.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the victim lied and said all the cash from the shop had been banked and courageously snatched whisky from the robber when he tried to steal it.
The raider left empty handed and fled in a VW Passat driven by Loughran.
Loughran, 33, of Braeside, Gateshead, admitted robbery and has now been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
The court heard a raider wearing a mask and balaclava stormed into Simars convenience store in Whitburn, South Tyneside, with a kitchen knife and demanded money, in August 2018.