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Greggs Bakery Heir Jailed For Child Abuse

The son of the founder of the Greggs bakers chain has been jailed for 13-and-a-half years for sexually abusing children.

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Colin Gregg, was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court having been convicted of nine counts of indecent assault on four boys over a period of decades. His victims, aged between ten and fourteen, were abused over a period of almost thirty years, during which time Gregg was a teacher.

It took immense bravery to speak out against Gregg’s heinous crimes.  The survivors were put through the difficult experience of giving evidence in hope of getting  justice for assaults that took place many years ago.

Gregg, 75, the son of the founder of the Greggs bakery chain had been head teacher at The King's School Junior School, in Tynemouth, and also taught at Durham School. The sentence came more than 20 years since police first investigated allegations against Gregg. He was sent for retrial at Leeds after a jury in Newcastle failed to reach a verdict last year.

Judge Mairs said: "What it demonstrated is that there is not a shred of remorse within you for your offending and the utter contempt for the complainants as children found its echo in your contempt for them as men."

I am pleased that justice has finally been obtained and hope that this case gives survivors of child abuse the confidence to speak out and realise that even if they have not been taken seriously in the past, there are people who will listen, give support and help to fight for justice.

Jessica Standley is an associate specialising in child abuse claims at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.

Slater and Gordon’s expert team of abuse lawyers are currently representing over 800 survivors of abuse and offer a free consultation for anyone affected by child abuse.

We offer a free and completely confidential consultation to anyone affected by sexual abuse. Call us anytime 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.

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