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 Jail for man who assaulted woman in the street

 15/07/2020

​You are not alone – that is our message to survivors of domestic abuse after a man was jailed for assaulting a woman in the street.


Worried neighbours called police shortly after 4.30am on June 12 after witnessing a man assaulting a woman in the middle of their road.


The woman was holding a child at the time and was trying to shield them from the attack.


Officers arrived on scene five minutes later where they arrested 25-year-old Moses Ralph, of Bishop Auckland.


He was later charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.


Ralph pleaded guilty to the offences and appeared at Durham Crown Court last week where a judge jailed him for 14 months.


Detective Constable Helen Towns, from Bishop Auckland Safeguarding Team, said: “Abuse of this kind is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.


“In this case, a number of neighbours provided excellent witness statements and one even filmed the attack on their phone.


“This has helped us to swiftly bring the woman’s attacker to justice and we hope she will take some comfort in the fact that he is now behind bars and cannot hurt her.


“If you are experiencing domestic abuse, please know that you are not alone – we will do everything we can to help you and bring your abusers to justice.


“If you are concerned that someone you know is suffering at the hands of an abuser, then please contact us – your intervention might just save a life.”


If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, always call 999.


If you can’t speak, then you should use the Silent Solutions service by dialling 999 and press 5 5.


The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.


The local service, Harbour, is also available 24 hours a day on 03000 20 25 25.