April 2017

Teesside sex offender, 75, arrested in Northern Ireland after two-week manhunt

A prolific sex offender from Teesside who absconded from court has been arrested in Northern Ireland after a two-week man hunt.

Nelson Burton, from Hillfield Close, Seamer, near Middlesbrough , failed to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on April 13 and was sentenced his absence.

His failure to appear sparked a public appeal for his whereabouts by Northumbria Police, before he was finally arrested by Police Service Northern Ireland yesterday.

The 75-year-old will now begin a 15 year sentence for attempted rape, 12 counts of indecent assault on a female and four counts of gross indecency against a child.

The child was just six years old when the abuse began

He received an additional year for breaching his bail by failing to appear in court.

April 2017: Nelson Burton was sentenced in his absence to 16 years – 15 years for the abuse and one year for skipping bail.

He has been on the run since he left court on the 17th of March. 

March 2017

Pensioner found guilty of sexual offences against young girl

A pensioner has been found guilty of a string of sexual offences against a young girl.

Romany gypsy traveller Nelson ‘Wit-Wat’ Burton, 75 who lived close to the village of Seamer, near Stokesley, North Yorkshire appeared at Newcastle Crown Court, where he was found guilty by a jury of:

  • One count of attempted rape against a child

  • Twelve counts of indecent assault against a child

  • Four counts of indecency with a child

The court was told that the abuse began in 1990 when the girl was aged 6-years-old.

The girl first spoke out about the abuse when she was seven years old. She was taken to his traveller site in Selby to confront him. However, he denied it all and the young victim was branded a liar.

The sex attacks continued and she was repeatedly abused over the next six years, finally ending in 1996.

She went to police in 2013 where she disclosed the abuse she had suffered. However, it took police nearly two years to track him down and question him over the offences

Nelson who is well known in the traveller community was eventually charged with 17 offences but denied them which forced the victim to give evidence in court during the trial

Burton spent years travelling around the UK and has links to Whitburn, Selby, Edinburgh, Perth, Market Harborough, Doncaster, Filey, Coventry, Solihull and Stratford.

Burton was released on conditional bail and his sentencing will take place on the 13th of April at Newcastle Crown Court.