Devon

Ilfracombe man Mark Tippett jailed for raping teenager

A north Devon man has been jailed for nine years after he admitted seven charges of rape against a teenage girl.

Mark Tippett, 43, had pleaded guilty to raping the teenager between 2004 and 2007.

Tippett, of Wilder Road, Ilfracombe, was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court and was placed on the sex offenders' register for life.

He had no previous convictions. Judge Graham Cottle said Tippett's crimes "defied belief".

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