Darts player Tony Eccles guilty of rape

A professional darts player has been convicted of a string of sex attacks on a schoolgirl after a jury returned a unanimous verdict on all charges.

Tony Eccles was accused of carrying out five counts of rape and five counts of indecent assault on the same woman a number of years ago.

The 44-year-old, of Northgate, Hartlepool, was found guilty following a two week trial at Teesside Crown Court.

He is due to be sentenced on Thursday.

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