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Sex abuse teacher gains appeal
Northumbria Police headquarters
Operation Rose cost 5m and lasted three-years
A former art teacher convicted after a long-running inquiry into sex abuse at North-East children's homes is to have his case heard by the Court of Appeal.

Martin Hammill, from Wylam, Northumberland, was found guilty of unlawful sexual intercourse and three charges of indecent assault in 2000.

He was arrested as part of a Northumbria Police's Operation Rose.

His conviction could now be quashed if the court decides recent changes in the law make it unsafe.

Operation Rose, which investigated hundreds of claims of child abuse at care homes, lasted three-years and cost 5m .

Hammill was sentenced to 15 months in prison, suspended for two years.

He was also placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years.

His case was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Thirty-two people were brought before the courts to face allegations relating to both physical and sexual abuse, 26 of whom were found not guilty.

Six people were found guilty of a range of crimes including rape and indecent assault.

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