North Cumbrian Sentenced To 15 Years For Rape

A man from North Cumbria has been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court for sex offences.

Detective Constable Lauren Carruthers said: “‘This was a complex investigation which involved offences dating back several years.

“These types of investigations are incredibly traumatic for all of those involved, which is why I wish to highlight the strength, courage and determination shown by the complainant’s and witnesses involved in this case.

“Their efforts have resulted in a callous and predatory offender who posed a serious risk of sexual harm being convicted and sentenced.

“I would like to assure any members of the public who are aware of any such abuse going on today or historically to report these matters to the police.

“You will be listened to, and all allegations will be thoroughly and sensitively investigated.” The

James Routledge

James Routledge, 23, of Wellgate, Scotby has today, July 1, been sentenced to 15 years in prison plus a three-year extended licence period in connection with:

  • Three counts of rape of a woman 16 years of age or over

The offences relate to incidents against three women between 2017 and 2022.

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Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

If you have been affected by rape or sexual assault, you can contact The Bridgeway’s 24/7 support helpline on 0808 118 6432.