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Andrew Garth from Bradford jailed for grooming girls online

Andrew Garth Image copyright Cumbria Constabulary
Image caption Andrew Garth admitted grooming girls using a social networking site

A man who groomed girls over the internet has been jailed for 32 months.

Andrew Garth, 60, from Bradford, was caught in an operation by Cumbria Police, in which an undercover officer posed online as a 14-year-old-girl.

She and Garth had sexually explicit conversations on a dating website, before arranging to meet in Whitehaven, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

After Garth's arrest in May it emerged he had been grooming girls aged between 13 and 15 via a social networking site.

Garth, from Hainsworth Moor Drive, Queensbury, admitted 17 counts of attempting to incite a girl aged between 13 and 15 to engage in sexual activity.

He also pleaded guilty to a single count of trying to meet a girl under 16 following grooming.

On his release, Garth will be subject to an indefinite sexual offences prevention order, which will restrict his use of the internet.

Det Supt Rob O'Connor from Cumbria Constabulary said after sentencing: "We undertake these operations to protect young people who use the internet and social media.

"I hope that Garth's arrest and sentence acts as a deterrent to those who try to use the internet to engage in illegal sexual activity ."

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