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A woman threatened to burn down a carer's home within hours of being released from prison and falsely accused her of being a "paedophile". © Newcastle Chronicle Durham Crown Court
Laura Walker went to a full-time carer's home and made terrifying threats while making hurtful accusations before police arrived to arrest her. The 34-year-old left the woman feeling terrified that her home would be burned down.
On Wednesday, Walker, of Durham Road, Chester-le-Street, appeared at Durham Crown Court to be sentenced for threatening to destroy or damage property.
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A black dog named Dexter was stolen from its owner at West Park in Newton Aycliffe on Friday, July 29 , that happened between 4pm and 4.30pm. The force said during this incident a black dog named Dexter was stolen from its owner near the footbridge to Honister Place. Police said the suspect is described as a local, white man, who is skinny, in his 30s, and had a beard, and was accompanied by two women in their 20s. He may have left Honister Place in a white van immediately after the incident.
Joe Hedworth, prosecuting, said: "On January 18 this year the defendant knocked on the victim's door within hours of being released from prison. She accused the complainant of hurting children and called her a paedophile and said that she would set her house on fire. The complainant said she had not done anything. The defendant said there were 30 people on their way to burn her house down."
Walker, who had 42 previous convictions for 84 offences, was arrested after the police were called and said she was "not making a direct threat" when interviewed the next day. In a victim statement, the complainant said she felt "unsafe and scared" following the incident.
Ellen Wright, defending, said Walker was "vulnerable" and "keen to take part in mental health treatment". She said: "Perhaps it is one way she can break the cycle she's found herself in. There was no malice, she genuinely believed children had been harmed, that was down to poor mental health. She understands that would have caused immense distress and is embarrassed and ashamed."
Baby P's mum Tracey Connelly confronted by angry local people
Killer mother of tragic Baby Peter forced to flee shop after being recognised by residents after she was released from jail on parole last month and is living in an undisclosed location Connelly, 40, who became notorious when she was jailed in 2009 for causing or allowing the death of her 17-month-old son Peter in Tottenham, north London, was released from Durham 's HMP Low Newton last month. She has been wearing a facemask to disguise herself, but her distinctive looks make her easily recognisable to people living in the undisclosed town.
Sentencing Walker, Judge James Adkin, the Recorder of Durham, gave her a 12 month community order and ordered her to undertake a mental health treatment requirement. A 10 year restraining order was also imposed.
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How and why the Berlin Wall was built .
Built on the orders of East German communist politician Erich Honecker to stem the mass emigration of Germans from East Berlin to West Berlin, the Berlin Wall was a heavily guarded barrier that physically and ideologically divided the city from 1961 to 1989. In a wider context, the wall came to symbolize the "Iron Curtain" that separated Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War. It was constructed in just two weeks, initially as a makeshift barbed wire and concrete block wall. But it was soon strengthened and reinforced to serve as a deadly obstacle to anyone seeking freedom in the West. In this gallery, click through and be reminded of how quickly the Berlin Wall went up, and the way it cut an entire city in two.