Gloucestershire

Coaley man Royston Harris jailed for raping girls

Royston James Harris
Image caption Harris was sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court

A Gloucestershire man has been given an indeterminate prison sentence for crimes including the rape of two girls.

Royston Harris had previously admitted 17 sex offences that took place between November 2009 and November 2010.

They included raping two girls under 13 and sexually touching a third child.

Harris, 56, from Betworthy, Coaley, was told he must serve at least seven years in prison when he was jailed at Gloucester Crown Court on Thursday.

He was handed a nominal sentence of 14 years but told the term would in fact be indeterminate.

Harris will not be freed until he is considered not to be dangerous.

Speaking after sentencing, Det Insp Mark Little, from Gloucestershire Police, paid tribute to the bravery of Harris's victims in reporting his "horrific crimes".

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