DRUG dealers, perverts and burglars were amongst those dealt with at Teesside Crown Court last week.

Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to supplying the ecstasy which killed a 15-year-old Northallerton schoolgirl.

Mitchell Southern was the one who handed the Class A drug to the teenager last May while Connor Kirkwood has admitted supplying his friend with the ecstasy pill in the car park where the youngster died last May.

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Police and Ambulance Services attended Northallerton’s Applegarth Park after Leah Heyes, pictured above, collapsed before the teenager was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where she later died.

Southern, 19, of Dondeen Avenue, Thirsk, pleaded guilty to charges of supplying cocaine and ecstasy on May 11 last year.

While Kirkwood, 18, of Lynx Lane, Dishforth Airfield, North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to supplying ecstasy on the same day.

The case was adjourned until August 25 when the pair will return to court to be sentenced.

A convicted child sex offender who was up to his deviant behaviour within months of being released from prison is back behind bars.

Nigel Lodge came out of jail in February and by May he was contacting young people on social media and was caught by a team of paedophile hunters grooming a ‘teenager’ for sex.

The pervert send sexually explicit messages to the 13-year-old not realising that he was talking to a decoy from the Child Online Safety Team.

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Lodge, formerly of Darlington but now of Portrack Lane, Stockton, was jailed for a total of three years.

A woman who stole £2,000 of a pensioner’s Christmas savings and burgled a vulnerable man’s home twice in three weeks has been jailed for two years.

Nicola Johnston left the pensioner devastated when she snuck into his bedroom and stole the money from a tin while pretending to use his toilet.

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Johnston, of Madison Square, Stockton, pleaded guilty to two burglaries and theft.

A THUG who grappled with a woman he knocked over while trying to steal her handbag and shopping has been jailed for three years.

Daniel Conroy, pictured below, targeted the woman, who has worked a nurse for 25 years, as she was about to enter the Cleveland Centre in Middlesbrough, but a security guard intervened and he rode off on his pushbike.

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The 35-year-old, of Lancaster Way, Thornaby, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery following the incident.

In a victim impact statement, the woman said the attack had left her scared to go shopping on her own.

The 61-year-old woman wrote: "I just can't go out now. I still can't go shopping and whenever I go out I get my husband to pick me up.

"I was at the supermarket and somebody rode past me on a bike and I jumped – I'm a bag of nerves now."