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Man sentenced for molesting women on buses

A businessman from Cumbria who molested young women on buses twice a month for 15 years has been sentenced.

David Moore, 59, assaulted his victims on buses between Manchester and Didsbury.

Moore, of Grange-over-Sands, who runs a glass company, admitted seven charges of sexual assault at Liverpool Crown Court.

Judge Clement Goldstone said he was a "dirty old man" and gave him a three-year community order.

The hearing heard how Moore, who was travelling to casinos, would grope his victims and then get off the bus when they realised what he had done.

His victims were often students or women in their 20s, the hearing heard.

Judge Goldstone said Moore had "made a thorough nuisance of himself" but had responded to psychiatric treatment to "exorcise the demons".

'Suspended sentence'

Moore, of Lyndene Drive, was also ordered to take part in a sex offenders treatment programme and banned from travelling on public transport without an accompanying adult for three years.

He was ordered to pay £375 prosecution costs and £250 in compensation to two of his victims.

Judge Goldstone said: "This is to all intents and purposes a suspended sentence.

"If you breach the terms of this order or reoffend in the next three years you will be brought back before this court and will go to prison."

Alison Mafham, defending, said her client had fully co-operated with the psychiatric help offered to him so far.

The hearing heard how he was caught after a number of women came forward after a police appeal.

Moore also asked for 12 other offences to be taken into consideration.

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