We've rounded up the latest court cases concerning the Tyne Valley heard at Northumberland's courts.


A Hexham man has been jailed for a total of 26 weeks after he admitted stalking and harassing a woman.

Paul Smith (51), of Broomhaugh Close, Hexham, appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Monday (April 26).

He admitted two charges of pursuing a course of conduct which amounted to the stalking of a woman, and which he knew or ought to know amounted to the harassment of her.

Court papers say Smith sent gifts, deposited money into her bank, and made unwanted contact between July 16 and September 13, 2020 at Hexham.

They added the behaviour was ‘intense and worrying over a length of time’.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to this charge, but changed his plea to guilty at the court hearing on Monday.

Smith was sentenced to 12 weeks for this charge.

A restraining order was imposed, and Smith was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128 and £300 in costs.

Smith was also sentenced to 14 weeks in prison for stalking and harassing the same woman on March 14, 2021 at Hexham.

The sentences will run consecutively.


A Hexham man has appeared in court charged with harassing a woman.

John Richard Lambert, 56, of Priestopple, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

He appeared before North Northumbria Magistrates' Court, sitting at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

Magistrates heard that he was charged with pursuing a course of conduct which amounted to the stalking of a woman that he knew, or ought to have known, amounted to harassment.

The incident is alleged to have occurred on November 21.

The case was adjourned to May 25 at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court. Lambert was remanded on conditional bail.