Paedophile who abused three young girls has today been put behind bars
21 Apr | 15:51

A predatory paedophile who abused three young girls has today been put behind bars. 

Colin William Proctor preyed on his young victims for more than 10 years when they were all school-aged children.

The victims bravely came forward to report him to police and an investigation was launched by Northumbria Police's Safeguarding unit.

Proctor, 48, was questioned by police but denied the allegations. The case was subsequently sent to trial where a jury saw through his lies and found him guilty of a string of sexual assaults.

Today (Wednesday), Proctor was handed a 12 year custodial sentence with an extra year on licence at Newcastle Crown Court after being convicted of four counts of sexual assault and one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.  

Detective Constable Danielle Grant, of Northumbria Police, was at court for sentencing and said the victims were “relieved” at the outcome.

"I was so happy for the victims today. It's been such a long traumatic experience for them,” Det Con Grant said.

"Because of a number of issues with Proctor's health, this has been the fourth trial the girls have had to endure and it has been painstaking for them. They have shown such bravery and cooperation throughout in the hope that their attacker will one day be brought to justice.

“Today is their day, and I hope this can help offer some closure for them and give them the justice that they deserve.

Proctor of Melrose Avenue, Bedlington was also handed an indefinite restraining order and indefinite Sexual Harm Protection Order, which will place strict restrictions on him when he is released from prison.

He will also have to sign the sex offenders register for life. 

It's never too late to report sexual abuse and if you have been a victim there are various ways you can report to police. You can report online by searching 'Northumbria Police Report' or call non-emergency number 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

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