A man who sexually abused two young girls has been jailed for 21 years.
Frank Stott, 44, formerly of Ellington, was arrested in April 2012, on suspicion of raping and sexually assaulting a girl between June 2005, when she was 12, and June 2008.
Detectives discovered that Stott had also assaulted an eight-year-old girl between January 2011 and April 2012, and in June 2012, he was further arrested and remanded in custody.
In December 2012, Stott admitted four offences of making indecent images of children and one offence of possessing an indecent image of a child.
Following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court, in May, Stott was convicted of six counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and 10 counts of rape of a child under 13.
He was also convicted of one attempted rape of a female under 13 years, two counts of assault of a child under 13, and one offence of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, between January 2011 and April 2012.
DC Gaynor Gould, from Northumbria Police’s Rape Investigation Team, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the two young victims whose courage and strength has helped to bring this dangerous man to justice.
“This has been a very difficult time for the two victims and their families and I hope that the sentence imposed today will help them to move on positively with their lives.
“Rape is a hugely traumatic experience and I want people to know that help is always available.
“Northumbria Police places great emphasis on the need to treat victims with care and compassion throughout the whole process from investigation to conviction.”
Superintendent Gillian Mitchell added that the police work with partners to help prevent crime and support victims of sexual abuse.