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Quad biker James Perkins jailed over death

James Perkins
Image caption James Perkins has been disqualified from driving for six years

A quad biker has been jailed for six years after a woman was killed when he hit a tree.

James Perkins, 30, of Cavendish Gardens in Ashington, was airlifted to hospital after the quad bike crash in North Seaton last April.

Lyndsay Young, 21, who is understood to have been a passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Perkins was found guilty at Newcastle Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving.

'Agonising wait'

Ms Young, from Ashington, was described by her family as "beautiful and spirited, funny and caring".

Sgt Jason Ryder, from Northumbria Police Road Safety Unit, said: "He had never accepted responsibility for her death until just last week, putting Lyndsay's family through an agonising wait when he could have pleaded guilty much earlier and saved them so much heartache.

"Lyndsay was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her and this incident has had a devastating impact on her family and friends.

"I'd like to pay tribute to her family for the dignity and composure they have shown throughout this investigation and I hope the finalisation of the court case gives them, in some way, some comfort and enables them to move forward."

Sgt Ryder added that he hoped the sentence would send a "clear message to those who put others at risk with their dangerous driving."

Perkins was also disqualified from driving for six years.

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