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Sunday, 3 June 2001

YORKSHIRE POST - 03-Jul-2001 - Martyn LOCKLIN

Blair film man jailed for 15 years
over sex abuse at children’s home

Date: 03 July 2001

A Labour councillor who appeared with Prime Minister Tony Blair in the TV documentary Tony’s People was yesterday jailed for 15 years for sexually abusing three 14-year-old boys.

Martyn Locklin, 41, groomed the youngsters for sex, bribing them with
money, alcohol and cannabis before abusing them, Teesside Crown Court was told.

Locklin, of Ladybower, Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham, was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault against each of two boys.

He was also convicted on one count of buggery, two counts of rape and one of indecent assault against a third boy.

Locklin stared impassively at the jury as the verdicts were delivered.

A not-guilty verdict was recorded midway through the trial on a further charge of indecent assault against the first boy. Judge Peter Fox QC said Locklin was guilty of “a gross breach of trust”.

The offences took place between 1988 and 1996 when the boys, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were aged between 14 and 15.

Locklin, a Labour councillor in Tony Blair’s constituency of Sedgefield, denied all the charges from the outset.

Prosecutor Jamie Hill told the jury Locklin was a “strong and manipulative character” who met the first boy in 1988 when he worked as a carer at a children’s home.

He said alcohol, cannabis and money were used to buy the silence of the first boy, gain the trust of the second and reward the third.

Locklin was sentenced to 10 years in jail to run concurrently for the buggery and rape charges,five years concurrent for the indecent assaults on the two boys,and five years to run consecutively for the repeated abuse of the third boy.

He was placed on the sex offenders register for life.

Passing sentence, Judge Fox said the consecutive sentence was needed to reflect the seriousness of Locklin’s abuse of power while he was in a position of responsibility as a house parent at the children’s home.

In the Channel 4 documentary Tony’s People Locklin was seen showing the Prime Minister around a nursery school in Newton Aycliffe.

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