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Officers commend victims' bravery as predatory paedophile pleads guilty to string of sex offences
30 Aug | 14:04

A man has pleaded guilty to a string of sex offences against two young girls.

Ian Havery appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) where he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, ten counts of sexual assault by touching and two counts of inciting sexual acts. 

Havery, 53, started sexually abusing the girls when they were as young as nine years old and continued the abuse over a five year period. 

Havery, who lives in Northumberland, is due to be sentenced on October 25.

Detective Constable Stacey Ehala has praised the victims for coming forward and hopes it may encourage others to report sexual abuse.

Det Cons Ehala said: "It has been such a difficult decision for these girls to come forward and report the abuse they have suffered at the hands of Havery.

"I have to commend their bravery in doing so because it has allowed us to put this sex offender behind bars.

"I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of any form of abuse to come forward and report it. It doesn't have to be police - it could be to someone you trust, a teacher, a care worker, a charity.”


Anyone who has been victim of rape, sexual assault or abuse is asked to contact police on 101 or report via the "Tell Us Something" page of the Northumbria Police website. Always call 999 in an emergency. 

To contact the 24/7 Crisis Helpline contact 03333448283 or find out more about our Sexual Assault Referral Centre by searching REACH SARC online.

 Victims can also contact Victims First Northumbria on 0800 011 3116 who will give independent advice and support. 

 

For more information about rape or sexual assault search Northumbria Police online. All our webpages have a 'hide page' function and there is guidance on deleting your internet history. If you have concerns about using your own devices, contact a close friend or family member to use their device or use the internet access at a local library.

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