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NEWS ROUNDUP: Hassockfield plans pushed through & careless driver convicted

Hassockfield detention centre plans pushed through and family pay tribute to former headteacher as man is convicted for careless driving. 
Durham Constabulary have said a pedophile who abused a 14 year old boy from Durham has been jailed. Liam Paul Scott from Darlington coerced the boy into performing a sex act with money and threatened rape when further sexual advances were rejected. Scott was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison.

Women’s immigration detention centre

Liberal Democrat councillor Kathryn Rooney, has slammed the Government for forcing through plans for a women's immigrant detention centre on a site infamous for abuse. New homes were due to be built on the land that will now instead be used to detain female immigrants. Rooney said the building should be demolished so the horrific past of Hassockfield can be consigned to history.

Tributes to former headteacher

The family of a former headteacher who was killed whilst on his bike say he is “missed every day.Michael Thompson was hit by a driver while cycling in North Shields in April last year. The driver has received a suspended sentence and is banned from the roads.

Northumbria Police said that after seeing the man responsible for Michael’s death sentenced, his family paid tribute to the much-loved husband, father, grandfather and friend.

A family statement read: “Michael had recently retired after a lifetime of work in special education. He was head teacher at Hexham Priory School for 23 years & under his guidance & leadership, the school gained three consecutive 'Outstanding' Ofsteds.

“He was well regarded & respected by his colleagues, governors & parents, & was popular with the pupils & students. 

“He was also involved in the wider special education community both locally & nationally. 

“In addition to his professional life, Michael was a loving & caring husband, father & grandfather & a good friend to many.

“On retirement, he had become a volunteer with Citizens Advice as he wanted to continue to make a contribution to his local community. 

“He is remembered & missed every day, not only by his family, but also by the many people whose lives he touched and enhanced".

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