DC Claire Vincent of Hampshire police
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Paedophile ring member Tracy Lyons 'knew what she was doing' say police

The leader of a paedophile ring which sexually abused young children and shared the images has been jailed.

Colin Blanchard, 40, of Rochdale, admitted a string of sex offences. He received an indeterminate sentence, and must spend at least nine years in jail.

Two women were also sentenced. Tracy Lyons, 41, of Portsmouth was jailed for seven years and Tracy Dawber, 44, of Southport, was jailed for four years.

Tracy Lyons was described by her barrister as a dim and vulnerable woman, under the influence of Blanchard, but that description of her was rejected by DC Claire Vincent of Hampshire police.

  • 10 Jan 2011