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Man jailed for child sex offences in Bolton

William Cooper
Image caption Cooper was jailed for 12 months at Preston Crown Court

A man who committed a series of child sex offences dating back over 40 years has been jailed for 12 months.

William Cooper, 69, of Tower Street, Turton, Bolton, admitted three counts of continued indecent assault on a girl aged between seven and nine years old.

He also admitted one count of indecent assault on a girl under 14.

Police said one of his victims reported the abuse in April 2010, and Cooper was charged six months later. He was jailed at Preston Crown Court on Monday.

Cooper was ordered to serve one 12-month sentence and two more 12-month sentences and one nine-month sentence to run concurrently.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Det Insp Mark Winstanley, of Blackburn CID, said: "I would like to commend the victims for their courage in coming forward to the police and I hope this sentence will be of some comfort to them and that they will be able to move forward with their lives.

"This case highlights that it is never too late to report a crime - even though the offences were committed over 40 years ago, justice has been brought."

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