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Stuart Spence was severely injured after being involved in a collision and was being helped by members of the public before he jumped on the back of his friend’s bike and sped-off

A banned driver got his friend to pick him up from the scene of a serious accident in order to evade arrest.

Stuart Spence was severely injured after being involved in a collision with another vehicle and was being tended to by members of the public while the emergency services arrived.

But, knowing he was disqualified and rather than receive treatment, the 33-year-old phoned his friend and asked him to come and pick him up on his motorbike, a court heard.

Spence then fled the scene of the accident, on Dudley Lane, in Dudley, North Tyneside, but was found nearby after his concerned father shouted at him “I’d rather have a son in prison than a son dead” and rang for an ambulance.

The motor menace, who had two driving while disqualified offences on his record and a dangerous driving offence, was arrested after spending a number of days in hospital and appeared before magistrates in North Tyneside on Thursday.

He pleaded guilty to one count each of driving while disqualified, leaving the scene of an accident and driving with no insurance.

Rebecca Slade, prosecuting, said Spence was behind the wheel of his Honda motorbike on July 2 last year when he was involved in a collision with another car.

“It was a substantial collision that wrote-off both vehicles,” Miss Slade continued. “The defendant was injured and members of the public treated him and rendered him first aid.

“The defendant then contacted an associate, who arrived at the scene on a motorbike and the defendant left the scene as a passenger without leaving details or waiting until the police arrived.”

The court heard that, since the crash, Spence, who has 71 offences on his record, had been given two separate suspended sentences, one for dangerous driving and one for burglary.

Kevin Smallcombe, mitigating, said Spence, of Muswell Hill, in Scotswood, Newcastle, was wanting to go to prison.

He added: “The charges don’t relate to the manner of his driving. He nearly lost his life. He was propelled head-first from his bike through the other vehicle’s window.

“He suffered very serious injuries. The words of his father are quite telling when he arrived at his house. He shouted, ‘Get an ambulance, get an ambulance, I would rather have a son in prison than a son dead’.”

Magistrates gave Spence a third suspended sentence, giving him 18 weeks, suspended for two years.

He was also banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

The Chronicle

Mark Pearson has been locked up for the attempted murder of a man, who repeatedly called him a “nonce”, outside Aldi in Spennymoor

Mark Pearson has been given a life sentence for attempted murder in Spennymoor (Image: Durham Constabulary)

A grandad who was falsely accused of being a paedophile has been given a life sentence for stabbing his tormentor.

Mark Pearson repeatedly stabbed Michael Inwood with a lock knife in a “frenzied” attack outside the Aldi store, in Spennymoor, in front of horrified shoppers.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Mr Inwood suffered “life-changing” injuries after being stabbed eight times, including the neck, heart and lung, on the afternoon of September 9 last year.

The 47-year-old denied trying to kill Mr Inwood, but a jury convicted him of attempted murder and being in possession of an offensive weapon at trial.

Judge Paul Sloan QC said that the stabbing was “totally disproportionate” to the provocation and jailed Pearson for life with a minimum term of 12 years.

The court heard how Pearson snapped after two years of torture from Mr Inwood, who had repeatedly branded him a “nonce” and a “paedophile”.

However, Pearson is registered as a Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) 2 – meaning he is a classed as a violent offender, not a sex offender.

The pair had initially clashed earlier that day on the top deck of a bus heading towards Spennymoor when Mr Inwood called the defendant a “wrong ‘un”.

It spurred Pearson to follow Mr Inwood, who was leaving the bus, until he was stood next to the driver where he told him that he was a “dead man walking” and that he was going to “slit his throat”.

Pearson then drew his finger across his neck in a cutting action.

He got off the bus at the next stop, walking past the Aldi shop on Cambridge Street towards his home. However, he suddenly turned around and headed back towards the store – and in the direction of Mr Inwood.

The pair confronted each other and began shouting “come on then” before Pearson got out a lock knife from his pocket and hid it behind his back.

Newcastle Crown Court was told when Pearson got in range he swung his right arm and stabbed Mr Inwood in the neck. He then proceeded to stab the victim “up to 10 times”, including the heart and lung, until he fell to the floor.

The offence took place in broad daylight outside the busy supermarket with one horrified witness saying it was like “something out a horror movie”.

Pearson fled the scene and called 999 after stashing the lock knife in a bag of flour in his kitchen cupboard.

He told police he didn’t deliberately stab Mr Inwood and claimed it was self defence.

The court heard how Mr Inwood had suffered a brain injury with his speech, eyesight and mobility being severely impacted by the attack.

He is also now experiencing regular seizures, mood swings and has lost his independence.

In a victim impact statement read out in court, he said: “My life is a daily struggle. I can’t walk in a straight line. I can’t dress myself, my father is caring for me. I still have no access to my daughter and it is breaking my heart.”

Tony Davis, defending, said the attack arose as a result of two years of “utter frustration” that had “boiled over”.

Pearson, of no fixed abode, has a long list of previous convictions for violence, including in 1996 when he was jailed for eight years for attacking three police officers with a knife.

Judge Sloan said: “You had the knife with you really to use as a weapon as neccessary.

“It was a cowardly attack – holding the knife behind your back to then catch Mr Inwood by surprise.

“The taunts do not begin to justify your subsequent actions. Using the knife you gave up to 10 blows or so, causing eight wounds and leaving him for dead.

“The only sentence I can pass is one of life given the possible threat to the public.”

Northern Chronicle

A Sunderland thug has been jailed for his part in violence which broke out in Westminster and made headlines across the country.

But it’s not the first time Daniel Allan has found himself in trouble; the thug has over 110 convictions.

The 35-year-old, who lives in Ridley Terrace in Hendon, has now been sentenced to 28 months in prison Southwark Crown Court, after pleading guilty to violent disorder at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

He had travelled to the capital on June 13 to join in a demonstration held in Parliament Square.

Clashes broke out between protestors – who said they were protecting monuments from damage they feared would be caused by anti-racism campaigners – and police officers.

Allan was seen at 3.15pm that day, kicking a police sergeant in the back, knocking him to the ground in Bridge Street, just next to the Houses of Parliament.

The Metropolitan Police said footage of the attack was shared widely on social media, and a short time later, “officers recognised Allan due to his distinctive coloured clothing” which turned out to be a pair of luminous shorts.

He was arrested by City of London Police and later charged.

The Met Police has said the officer he struck was left with bruising to his back and was able to recover at home.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said 38 officers had been hurt during the disorder.

Back in February 2017, Newcastle Crown Court heard Allan had threatened to burn down a former partner’s home, threatening to take children hostage after smashing his way into her home and grabbing her phone.

Their ordeal happened after he had made 50 unanswered calls to the woman before he turned up drunk at her door early one January morning.

Police turned up and soon arrested Allan, who had been trying to hide in a nearby lane.

As he was sentenced 12 months after admitting burglary, the court was told at that stage he had 110 previous offences on his record.

His barrister said Allan believed his drink had been spiked and had been left distraught at the end of the relationship with the woman and had not gone to the house to steal anything.

Sunderland Echo

A stalker entered the private area of a hospital to harass his ex-wife and threatened to burn her house down.


Julian Proctor made his victim’s life a misery by breaching conditions not to contact her “literally hundreds of times.”

Leeds Crown court heard how the 50-year-old stalked his former partner for seven months after the breakdown of their 15-year relationship.

The marriage ended after years of Proctor being violent and controlling towards her.

On one occasion she suffered a fractured wrist as she jumped from a car to get away from him.

Bashir Ahmed, prosecuting, said the defendant has previous convictions for violence towards his wife.

In 2006 he was convicted of battery for breaking her nose.

Three years later, he was convicted of battery for grabbing her by the throat and squeezing until she almost passed out.

In October last year, police removed Proctor from the woman’s flat in Wakefield and arranged for the locks to be changed.

Proctor continued to refuse to accept that the relationship was over

He contacted his former partner on a daily basis by making phone phone calls and sending messages on WhatsApp and Facebook.

The defendant also sent and delivered flowers to her flat and to the hospital in Wakefield where she worked.

Mr Ahmed said Proctor would park outside the hospital and wait for her.

On one occasion he entered the hospital and accessed staff-only areas and her manager had to call security.

Proctor also resorted to blackmail by threatening to self-harm and burn her house down.

He was arrested but continued to stalk the woman while on police bail.

Proctor regularly followed her while she was shopping and even slept in his car outside her home.

He sent the victim messages saying: “I will follow you anywhere.”

On May 8 this year, Proctor sent her photos of him cutting his chest and wrists with a razor.

In his police interview, Procter denied the relationship had ended and said he loved the woman and wanted to talk to her.

He told officers: “Without (the victim) there is no life.”

In a statement to the court, the woman said she now suffers from anxiety and sleep problems.

She said she is always looking over her shoulder in case Procter is there and no longer leaves the house alone, which has affected her relationships.

She also described how she had resorted to sitting on her living room floor in the dark in hope that Proctor would think she was not at home.

Procter, of Drury Lane, Wakefield, pleaded guilty to stalking.

He has previous convictions for dishonesty, vehicle-related offences, making a threat to kill and affray.

Satpal Roth-Sharma, mitigating, said Proctor was abusing alcohol at the time of the offending.

He was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Judge Simon Batiste told him: “It is clear you had no regard for the wishes of the complainant and the conditions of police bail had no real control of you because you were perfectly willing to breach those conditions literally hundreds of times.”

Wakefield Express

Daniel John Allan, pleaded guilty to one count of violent disorder against a police officer at Westminster Magistrates’ Court

A Sunderland man has admitted attacking a police officer during a day of violence in central London.

Daniel John Allan was remanded in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday for violence as right-wing protesters, Black Lives Matter supporters and the police clashed on Saturday.

Allan, a father of two from Ridley Terrace, in Sunderland, was arrested on Saturday after kicking a policeman in the back.

He was later spotted in the crowd due to his “distinctive appearance” – a pair of luminous shorts, the court heard.

Allan, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of violent disorder against a police officer and will be sentenced at a later date.

Jennifer Gatland, prosecuting, said Allan travelled from his home as groups of right-wing protesters sought to protect statues around Whitehall and Trafalgar Square.

She said Allan “kicked out” at a policeman from behind, “suddenly and without provocation”.

He was later spotted due to his distinctive attire.

Remanding Allan into custody, District Judge Nicholas Rimmer said: “The seriousness of your conduct consists of being part of wider protesters in which missiles were thrown.

“You personally kicked out at (the police sergeant), that appears to have catalysed the violence.”

Eleanor Fraser, for Allan, said he has a previous conviction for violence in 2010, and suffered with depression and anxiety.

The court heard he had a panic attack upon arrest, and then in police custody.

Saturday’s far-right demonstration took place after thousands of anti-racist protesters marched in multiple events sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in the US last month.

The Chronicle

Daniel Allan had threatened to burn the family out of their home while drunk then smashed his way in during a Sunday morning raid in Sunderland

A burglar threatened to take two young children hostage after smashing his way into his ex partner’s home.

Daniel Allan had bombarded his former girlfriend with around 50 missed calls early on a Sunday morning while drunk.

When she eventually answered, he was abusive and told her he was coming round to put her windows out and said he would “burn all of them out of the house”.

Allan then turned up at the woman’s home in Sunderland and when she wouldn’t let him in, he broke her bathroom window and climbed in.

The thug then took the woman’s phone off her as she alerted police and made threats to take two young children hostage.

Now the 32-year-old, who has 110 previous convictions, has been jailed for 12 months at Newcastle Crown Court.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said it was early on Sunday January 15 that Allan started hounding his 38-year-old ex.

He told the court: “They had been in a relationship for some time and she describes the relationship as sometimes volatile and not without difficulties.

“There are no allegations of him being violent but he did threaten violence and that brought the relationship to an end.

“Early on the morning of Sunday January 15 she was at home in Sunderland when she received, from 5.30am, a number of attempts to contact her by phone.

“She knew, owing to the time of day, there was every likelihood he would be drunk.

“Almost 50 calls were received from him before she answered the phone.”

The court heard Allan was ranting at the woman and calling her names but the abuse then took a more sinister tone.

Mr Wardlaw said: “He said he was coming round to her address to put her windows out and would burn all of them out of the address.

“She ignored further calls and contacted the police because of her concerns.

“The defendant did attend her address and tried to get in.

“She refused access and he then went round to the rear of the address, broke a window and climbed in.

“She was on the phone to the police and he approached her and took the phone from her to prevent the call to the police continuing.

“A young child had woken up and he took hold of the child in his arms before leaving the address. He was drunk at the time.

“He had made threats to take the children hostage.”

Allan, of Ridley Terrace, Hendon, Sunderland, tried to hide from police nearby but was found and arrested.

He pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for 12 months.

Judge Penny Moreland told him: “You threatened to put her windows out and burn the family out of the property.

“You went round to the house and she, quite rightly, refused you entry to the house, so you went to the rear of the house, broke the bathroom window and climbed in.

“She had already contacted the police out of fear about what you might do if you came to the house.

“You took (the young child) in your arms and threatened her that you would take the children hostage.

“I regard the unpleasant and frightening threats you made to her as an aggravating feature of this offence.

“This is a serious offence and there must have been great fear occasioned to the victim and the two children.”

Andrew Walker, defending, said Allan had been a frequent visitor to the house and had lived there some of the time.

He added: “He was distraught at the end of the relationship.

“There was no intention to harm anyone.

“He fears he was spiked in his consumption of alcohol that night. He can’t explain why he behaved as he did.

“This is not a typical house burglary.”

The Chronicle

Daniel Lainchbury told the first victim ‘I’m going to rape you tonight’ and minutes later attacked another



A crazed attacker was “off his face” on mamba when he violently sexually assaulted two lone women in separate attacks minutes apart.

Daniel Lainchbury, who has no memory of his depraved actions, had earlier been seen in Leicester city centre “curled up in a ball stark naked”.

Having got dressed, he aggressively accosted a woman in St Martin’s Square at 9.15pm on Saturday, January 4.

The 28-year-old subjected the woman to what the judge said was “an absolutely terrifying” ordeal.

Lynsey Knott, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court that Lainchbury was shouting as he approached the woman, calling her a bitch, and made a lewd suggestion as he attempted to grab her.

She blocked him and held a car key against his neck, to which Lainchbury said: “You’re going to get frisky -. I like it when women get aggressive, it gets me excited.”

During a skirmish, Lainchbury pushed the woman against a wall, put his hand under her clothing and touched her indecently.

He told her: “I don’t care if there are police or security guards, I’m going to rape you tonight.”

He grabbed her indecently over her clothing as she fought him off.

A nearby resident went to help, but Lainchbury falsely claimed he was the victim’s boyfriend.

Two security guards arrived and he eventually let go. But he then grabbed the woman again as she walked off, and the guards had to intervene again.

The woman was able to flee, as Lainchbury made further threats of rape, and called the police.

A few minutes later, a female pedestrian rescued a second woman who was being groped by the defendant as he pinned her against a shop window.

The pedestrian pulled Lainchbury away, and the distressed victim made off.

When Lainchbury then turned his aggression towards the rescuer, she “forcefully kicked him” away as the police arrived.

In a victim impact statement, the first woman described feeling unsafe and paranoid about going out alone since the attack.

She said: “He kept saying he was going to rape me but I was strong enough to get him off.”

The attack has impacted on her plans to go travelling, said Miss Knott.

The second victim has not been identified.

Lainchbury, of Ofranville Close, Thurmaston, admitted two counts of sexual assault.

He accepted that the offences placed him in breach of a 12-month suspended prison sentence which he was given for robbing a lone woman of a mobile phone in October 2018.

‘Aggressive, intoxicated stranger’

Judge Martin Hurst said although the defendant had been diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, his actions were caused by the “voluntary taking of illegal drugs”.

He told Lainchbury: “When you take prescribed medication instead of illegal drugs you’re not a risk to others.

“The first victim was confronted by an aggressive, intoxicated stranger.

“It would have been absolutely terrifying.”

Judge Hurst added: “The other victim ran away and hasn’t been identified.”

He said the passer-by who bravely rescued her showed considerable fortitude.

The judge added: “You’ve no recollection and you’ve blamed it on the mamba or spice that you’d smoked – which makes people behave in a very strange way.

“You were clearly behaving oddly, having been seen curled up in a ball stark naked an hour earlier.”
‘Off his face’

James Varley, mitigating, said: “He’d smoked a large amount of mamba.

“It had a very bizarre effect upon him.

“He was off his face.”

Judge Hurst said: “He knows smoking drugs makes him psychotic.”

Mr Varley said: “He says he’s frightened himself, of what the drugs can make him do.

“He’d been warned that the illegal drugs inter-play with his mental health.

“He smoked a joint out of boredom and has now got himself locked up for a considerable period.”

Lainchbury, who appeared in court via a video link from prison, was jailed for four and a half years.

He will have to enlist on a sex offender register for life.

Leicester Mercury

COVENTRY killer Andrew Luke Henson was today starting an eight- year jail sentence for the drugs-related shooting of a man in a city pub.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court unanimously cleared self-confessed drugs dealer Henson of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter on the basis of provocation because he was being assaulted with knives and bottles at the time.

Lee Michael Moore and Paul Trevor Case, who were jointly charged along with Henson of murder, were acquitted.

The jury took a little less than three hours to agree on their verdict and reject the claim that the three had plotted to kill Richard Waring, of Potters Green, Coventry.

Father-of-two Mr Waring was shot in the back with a sawn-off shotgun in the Crow in the Oak pub in Lockhurst Lane, Foleshill, on January 29 last year.

Jailing Henson, Judge Michael Astill said: “The evidence clearly shows you were subjected to a violent and vicious attack by others. It was a concerted attack when you were defenceless and alone. You reacted by losing your self control.”

Henson, aged 26, of Kingfield Road, Foleshill, was being beaten by a group of men in the pub when Mr Moore and Mr Case arrived to meet him.

Mr Moore was carrying a sawn-off shotgun retrieved from under the floorboards of his home in Guild Road, Foleshill. He claimed he brought it at the request of Henson who was going to pass it on to a criminal contact.

Mr Case took the gun and held it in the air to try to stop the attack on his friend. Henson tossed aside a bar stool he was using to fend off bottles and blows, grabbed the gun and shot Mr Waring, who was leaving the pub.

Although Mr Waring’s friends were attacking Henson, the court heard he was not involved.

Afterwards all three went on the run, claiming they feared reprisal attacks, but were arrested a few days later.

The judge recorded not guilty verdicts against Mr Moore, aged 26, and Mr Case, aged 32, of Cheylesmore, in relation to a further offence of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. The same charge against Henson was allowed to lie on the file.

After the hearing Det Supt Barrie Simpson, who led the investigation, said: “It is another case where drugs and firearms have cost a life. We must continue the effort to combat drugs and firearms in the West Midlands.”

Free Library

From 2000

Thanks to Lee Garrett for the tip off.

A sex offender escaped from a care centre and fled to Spain, shortly after being spotted applying for his first passport, a judge heard.

Twenty-year-old Jordan Goodwin, also known as Jordan Hagan, stuffed pillows under the covers of his bed to give the impression he was sleeping, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

Then he forced open a secure window and ran away from the Huntercombe Centre in Underhill Street, Langley, that caters for people with mental health problems, on March 13.

He left a letter of explanation at the home of his partner and flew out of the country, said Mr Andrew Tucker, prosecuting.

He added: “He got to Spain but was arrested pretty quickly.

“A number of weeks earlier he had been seen filling in a passport application form and when asked why came up with some innocuous reason.”

But Judge Amjad Nawaz asked: “What other purpose could there be for a passport?”

The defendant had been made the subject of an indefinite hospital order at Derby Crown Court in 2011 after committing a serious sexual offence at the age of 12, it was said.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued four days after he vanished and, on March 24, he was flown from Madrid to Birmingham.

He was then detained by police at the airport on landing.

Mr Simon Hanns, defending, said: “There was some element of planning but whether the authorities should have been aware of this is another matter.

“He feels that the hospital order is no longer appropriate and he should now be back in society.”

Goodwin admitted escaping from custody and was given six months detention in a Young Offenders Institution.

However, he had already spent more than half the term in custody waiting for the case to be resolved.

That meant he was eligible for immediate release and could be transferred to a secure unit in Northamptonshire to continue his treatment.

Judge Nawaz told him: “You feel you are being dealt with unfairly by still being held on the hospital order but that is a matter for professionals and a tribunal to decide.

“I am keeping the sentence short to allow you to return to this order because that is in the best interest of, not just you, but also the general public.”

Express & Star.

From 2017

Thank to making-of-a-nazi on Twitter

A GRANDFATHER who was wrongly branded a paedophile has been found guilty of the attempted murder of his tormentor.

Mark Pearson repeatedly stabbed Michael Inwood with a lock knife in a horrific attack outside the Aldi store in Spennymoor on the afternoon of September 9.

Newcastle Crown Court was told Mr Inwood was stabbed eight times, including in the heart and lung, but he managed to survive the attack.

Pearson, 46, had denied trying to kill Mr Inwood but, following a trial, a jury convicted him of attempted murder as well as the less charge of carrying an offensive weapon.

The jury was told that Mr Inwood had wrongly accused Pearson of being a child sex offender which had led to several verbal altercations between the pair.

During a police interview read out during the trial, Pearson told police Mr Inwood was a bully who was “telling everyone” that he was a paedophile.

The attack happened outside the supermarket after he was called a paedophile on a bus in the town.

During his evidence, Pearson told the court: “If I meant to murder him I would have stood over the c*** and stabbed him again. How am I meant to know where his f*****g heart is? I don’t know about bodies.”

But during the trial Ian Brook, prosecuting, said Pearson’s account was not credible as he had changed his story several times and admitted lying about stabbing Mr Inwood.

Mr Brook also made reference to a message sent from Pearson’s phone to a friend shortly after the incident in which he said Mr Inwood had been stabbed and was “laid on the f*****g floor, flat out”.

Pearson, of Eden Road, Spennymoor, had denied stabbing Mr Inwood or carrying a knife.

Pearson, who is a father and grandfather, was found guilty on both counts this afternoon.

He has been remanded into custody and will be sentenced on May 1.

Northern Echo