Coventry & Warwickshire

Men 'groomed and prostituted teenager' in Coventry

Cantle and Entwistle Image copyright Warwickshire Police
Image caption Martin Cantle and Thomas Entwistle were jailed at Warwickshire Crown Court on Wednesday

Two men have been jailed for sexually exploiting a 17-year-old girl and plying her with drugs.

Thomas Entwistle, 26, from Southam, and Martin Cantle, 24, from Coventry, groomed her before prostituting her in the city, Warwickshire Police said.

They "controlled her every move, putting her in extremely dangerous situations", police added.

The pair were jailed for 11 years at Warwick Crown Court for controlling child prostitution and supplying drugs.

They were convicted by a jury after a trial. They were found not guilty of a charge of causing or inciting prostitution.

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Det Insp Nigel Jones, leading the investigation, said: "In 2014 she found herself in a situation where she was groomed by Cantle and Entwistle who both forced her into prostitution for their own financial gain and plied her with controlled drugs.

"She put her trust in them but they controlled her every move, put her into extremely dangerous situations and left her feeling she was unable to escape from it for fear of threats they had made to her and violence used against her."

He commended the bravery of several young women who gave evidence "in extremely difficult circumstances".

The judge ordered Entwistle, of Dog Lane, Napton, and Cantle, of Radford Road, to sign the sex offenders register for life and gave them permanent sexual harm prevention orders.

Update 29 March 2017: This story has been updated to reflect a not guilty verdict on a charge of causing or inciting prostitution.

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