Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'I Just Want to Be Able to Have a Normal Life and Stop Thinking about All This'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'I Just Want to Be Able to Have a Normal Life and Stop Thinking about All This'

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POSED BY MODEL A GIRL who was molested by Lawrence Ireland spoke movingly of how he affected her life in a statement read out in court.

She said she did not tell anyone at first because she did not want to get him into trouble, but realised he had taken advantage of her.

"I was frightened of being on my own," she added in the statement heard by Teesside Crown Court. "I couldn't trust boys. I was so frightened of getting hurt."

She worried about seeing Ireland, 65, again or that might come and hurt her after she told police what he had done. She told how she suffered nightmares and struggled to sleep. "I just want to be able to have a normal life and stop thinking about all this."

She said she had a lot of support from her family and was now able to spend time with friends and "be normal again".

Retired HGV driver Ireland is already in prison for abusing another girl decades ago. That girl plucked up the courage to report him to Cleveland Police in 2013. …

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