Man guilty of sex attacks on teenage girls at Sunderland beach

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A MAN has been found guilty for sexually assaulting two women in Sunderland.

Sail Uddin, 41, from the Hendon area of Sunderland, was found guilty of sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault on Friday, November 7 after a week-long trial.

The assaults happened at 3.45am on Sunday, February 16, after Uddin had driven both girls – both aged 17 – to a remote and secluded area of Hendon Beach.

He will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court at a future date which is yet to be set.

Deputy Chief Constable Steve Ashman said: “Uddin preyed on the vulnerability of two girls who were under the influence of alcohol in the early hours following a night out in Sunderland city centre.

“The driver purported to be taking the girls home but instead took them to an area where they were both sexually assaulted. One of the females managed to call police and officers attended the area, where Uddin’s vehicle was stopped and he was arrested.

“These are absolutely appalling crimes which were terrifying experiences for the two girls involved and I’d like to commend them for their bravery in speaking with police and throughout the investigation and court proceedings.

“This case forms part of Operation Sanctuary, Northumbria Police’s wide-ranging investigation into allegations of sexual crimes against women and girls who are vulnerable in some way.

“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received so far, and continue to receive, from the public. There’s absolutely no place in our communities for this behaviour and we welcome today’s verdict, which sends out a clear message that the actions of offenders such as Uddin will not be tolerated.”