Tyne & Wear

Northumberland man jailed for historic sex offences

Michael James Mason. Photo: Northumbria Police
Image caption Michael Mason was charged by detectives in Berwick in May 2011

A Northumberland man has been jailed for six years after being convicted of a series of historic sexual offences.

Michael James Mason, of Dean Drive, Tweedmouth, was charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted rape.

Mason, 39, pleaded not guilty to the charges in November but was found guilty of six indecent assaults and an attempted rape by a jury in December.

He was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday.

Detective Constable Alan Bogle, from Berwick CID, said: "This has been a distressing case for the victims. They have shown great courage and maintained their dignity throughout the trial while having to relive traumatic events from their childhoods.

"Mason has shown no remorse for his actions during this whole investigation and I think that's been reflected in the sentence handed out today."