April 2021

Paedophile preyed on school children for a decade

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 ten 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, 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.  

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. 

February 2021

Police praise abuse victims for their bravery after paedophile is found guilty

Northumbria Police have praised the bravery of three abuse victims after the paedophile who preyed on them was brought to justice.

Colin William Proctor, 48, has been found guilty of five counts of sexual assault.

The victims, who were schoolchildren at the time, bravely came forward about the abuse which took place over a number of years from 2009.

Police charged Proctor with five counts of sexual assault – but he denied all of the offences.

However, on Wednesday, January 27. a jury at Newcastle Crown Court found him guilty of all five counts.

Proctor, of Melrose Avenue, Bedlington has been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at a later date.