A man who carried out a series of violent assaults has been jailed.

29-year-old Jason Gray appeared at Durham Crown Court this morning (March 16) where he pleaded guilty to three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, coercive control and malicious communication.

Jason Gray’s victim called 999 after he turned up at her home in February and demanded to be let in.

Officers were immediately dispatched to the address and arrested Gray at the scene before he was able to gain access.

In the victim’s disclosure, she said how he had assaulted her multiple times, displayed controlling behaviour and sent threatening texts saying he was going to kill her.

Investigative Officer Ashley Marsden, from the Safeguarding Team said: “I would like to thank the victim, for their bravery in reporting these incidents to the police.

“These were very distressing incidents with a lasting impact. I hope it brings some closure to the victim, knowing that Gray is now behind bars for these traumatic offences.

“I hope their courage inspires other people who have suffered or are still suffering from domestic abuse to come forward to police.”

Gray was sentenced to four years and six months in prison.

If you or someone you know is suffering at the hands of an abuser, please know that you are not alone.

Call police on 999 if there is an immediate threat. If you are unable to speak you can use the Silent Solutions service and directed by an automated system to press “55” if you need help.

Local charity Harbour also offers support for victims and survivors. Call 03000 202525 or visit: https://www.myharbour.org.uk/