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Posted on Thursday 12 January 2023
Adam Taylor Urch

A violent man has been jailed after a determined officer pushed for charges.

On August bank holiday last year, response officers were called to reports of a serious assault at an address in Seaham.

The offender, Adam Taylor-Urch threw the victim to the floor by her hair and stamped on her face, knocking her unconscious and leaving her in the entrance to the block of flats.

At the time, the victim did not want to proceed with a criminal investigation but PC Colin Brown from the Prisoner Handling Team picked up the case and decided to take it forward as an evidence-led prosecution.

Taylor-Urch was subsequently charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.He later pleaded guilty to the offence and appeared at Durham Crown Court on Tuesday (January 10) where he received a 20-month custodial sentence.

Speaking after the sentencing, PC Brown said: “Taylor-Urch is a dangerous offender and has a history of assault and making threats of violence.

“With the help of hard-proof evidence, we were able to secure a conviction and get justice for those affected.

“I hope that this result will encourage others to come forward and make that initial contact with us so that we can take it forward and ensure the offender is dealt with.

“If you or someone you know is suffering at the hands of an abuser, please know that you are not alone – there are people who can and will help you.”

Call police on 999 if there is an immediate threat. If you are unable to speak you can use the Silent Solutions service and directed by an automated system to press “55” if you need help.

Police will do their best to communicate with you using yes/no questions.

Local charity Harbour also offers support for victims and survivors. Call 03000 202525 or visit

Further advice and support can be found here

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