Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boy Whose Mum Was Brutally Murdered and Grew Up to Be a Menace

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boy Whose Mum Was Brutally Murdered and Grew Up to Be a Menace

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Byline: By Brenda Hickman and Sarah Knapton

A gun-toting drug dealer whose mum was savagely murdered in the street is today facing a ban from his own community.

Colin Rymer, 24, suffered the torment of the frenzied knife attack on his mum Maureen by crazed killer Darren Kelly in 1997.

Then just 16, Rymer not only had to cope with the tragedy, but the Chronicle revealed months later he received a cruel letter from the sick killer sent from his Durham prison cell.

Now Rymer, of West Farm Wynd, Longbenton, has terrorised his own community, brandishing a shotgun at drinkers in a Tyneside pub.

And the courts have banned him from going into all but one street in Longbenton for two years under an Anti-social behaviour order.

Rymer was sent to jail for a year this week for supplying Class A drugs which he was found to be dealing from his council home.

In May 2002, he burst into the Viking pub in West Farm Avenue, Longbenton, and threatened people with a shotgun before smashing up the premises.

The Asbo is the 17th in the Forest Hall sector of the North Tyneside Area Command and the fifth in Longbenton.

Forest Hall community sector sergeant Don Wade said: "Colin Rymer is a persistent offender who has been causing serious problems in Longbenton over a long period of time.

"He had brandished a gun in a local pub following a dispute and was supplying class A drugs in the area.

"He also regularly threatened locals and would throw bricks at people."

As well as being banned from the area, Rymer's Asbo conditions also include a ban on holding bricks or shotguns in public and not to cause harassment, alarm or distress. He is already banned from holding a shotgun licence.

Sgt Wade said: "This latest Asbo re-affirms our commitment to the community in that we are not prepared to tolerate persistent offenders and those who cause misery for the law-abiding majority on our streets. …

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