July 2017: Parole granted – Now released

October 2015: Parole has been refused

March 2012

Child abuser finally brought to justice four decades on


Pervert Arthur Whittle has been jailed for eight years for a series of indecent assaults he committed on a young girl some 40 years ago

The 63 year old, former fish filleter of Hanover gardens in Willington Quay was convicted of nine counts of gross indecency with a child who was aged between five and nine after a trial at Newcastle crown court.

The prosecution said: “The abuse had a significant impact on the victims life”

Whittle was also ordered to sign on the sex offenders register indefinately