Man jailed over sex abuse of six children in Lancashire

Terrence Sharples
Image caption Sharples was convicted at a hearing in April

A Rochdale man who sexually abused four boys and two girls over a period of 30 years has been jailed.

Terrence Sharples, 52, of Turf Hill Road, was convicted of 28 counts of sexual activity with a child in April.

The offences were committed in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s against children aged between six and 16 in Leyland and Blackburn, Lancashire.

After he was sentenced to 24 years at Preston Crown Court, police said they were pleased justice had been done.

PC Nick Blackledge from Ormskirk's public protection unit said: "I am pleased with the sentence given to Sharples which reflects the seriousness of the offences.

"This case highlights that it is never too late to report a crime - even though the offences were committed years ago, justice has been brought.

"We are dedicated to investigating sexual offences and, even if they happened a long time ago, we will thoroughly investigate all reports."

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