Police in South Tyneside are appealing for information following a sexual assault on a pupil as they walked to school

The teenager was near to Hebburn Comprehensive School this morning (November 14) at 8.50am when she was approached by a man on a pedal bike.

The girl was unhurt but left very shocked by the incident in Campbell Park Road.

This follows an earlier incident involving a man on a pedal bike near the school on Monday, November 7, with another pupil.

Police have been making extensive enquiries in the area since last week carrying out house to house enquiries, checking for CCTV footage and conducting extra patrols particularly before and after school times following the incident.

These enquiries are continuing and there will be increased patrols around the school both before and after the school day.

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Angela Lewis said: “We would urge anyone in the vicinity of the school who sees anything or anyone suspicious to speak to either the officers on patrol, or the school, and ask that any witnesses come forward and speak to us no matter how small they think the information is.

“Pupils and parents should remain vigilant and anyone with any information should contact us on 101, quoting reference 195 of 14/11/17 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

OAP told child victim “it’s ok to be excited”

A pensioner has been sentenced to 40 months in jail after repeatedly trying to engage children in sexual activity.

Trevor Rudge, 65, pleaded guilty to 17 charges after a National Crime Agency investigation.

When NCA officers arrested him at his home on 6 May 2016, he said: “The stuff I’ve done has been role play, I’ve never met anyone.”

Officers discovered the paint salesman had used the Kik social media messenger to send sex messages to people he believed were children.

Online, Rudge called himself ‘Older_man-no-Men’.

He told one 14-year-old girl “Don’t be afraid of exploring your body,” and “touch yourself, pretend it is me”.

He said similar things to a 13-year-old, adding “it’s ok to be excited”.

Rudge’s profile picture showed half his face and his account could be resolved to the internet connection at his home in Oakley Green, Windsor, Berkshire.

His computers and digital devices contained more than 120 child abuse videos and images – featuring category A (the most serious), B and C.

He answered “no comment” to interview questions.

Investigators also found proof that Rudge had sent images of a penis.

Yesterday (13th November 2017), he was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court after admitting 10 counts of attempting to cause/incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity (non-penetration); one count of attempting to cause/incite a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity (penetration); three charges of possession of extreme pornography; possession of an indecent photograph/pseudo photograph of a child; making an indecent photograph/pseudo photograph of a child and possession of a prohibited image of a child.

The indictment covered offending from May 2006 to May 2016.

He was also put on the sex offenders register and given a sexual harm prevention order, both indefinitely.

Hazel Stewart, senior investigating officer, said: “Rudge displayed and maintained a sick interest in children for a decade.

“He claimed his involvement was purely role play but his disgusting chat logs were backed up by the possession of child abuse images.

“Possession of such images is not a victimless crime. Every time one is viewed or shared that child is abused again and revictimised.”

Safeguarding children is at the centre of NCA work and extensive efforts are being made to establish the identity of potential victims.

It is unknown at this stage whether Rudge was communicating with children or other offenders pretending to be children.

Child protection charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation runs the Stop It Now! helpline which offers confidential advice to anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s behaviour towards children.