Hereford & Worcester

Ex-police officer Alan Saffery from Hereford jailed after child abuse

Alan Saffery Image copyright West Mercia Police
Image caption Alan Saffery was convicted of eight offences dating back some 40 years

An ex-police officer has been jailed for 12 years for multiple counts of sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s.

Alan Saffery, 61, of Spinney Grove, Hereford, was convicted of six counts of indecent assault and two counts of sex with a girl under the age of 13.

Saffery was cleared of two counts of rape of a girl under the age of 16 on a second alleged victim.

He was convicted at Worcester Crown Court on two counts of making indecent photographs of children in 2013.

Judge Robert Juckes QC told the former West Mercia officer that his job was to protect members of the community, not to abuse them.

The force said the offences were reported to officers by the victim during another investigation.

"Outwardly, Saffery was a respected police officer and an upstanding member of the community. However, behind closed doors he was a dangerous sexual predator who took advantage of a young girl," Det Insp Richard Rees said.

"Today his past has caught up with him."

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