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Man jailed for sex attacks on girls in Cheam

William Lambert
Image caption William Lambert was a gravedigger at the church in Cheam

A man who carried out sex attacks on girls more than 25 years ago in south London has been jailed for 11 years at Croydon Crown Court.

William Lambert, 75, of Malden Road, Sutton, abused his four victims in the grounds of St Dunstan's Church in Cheam between 1985 and 1987, police said.

He was convicted of one count of rape and two counts of indecent assault.

He was also found guilty of procuring girls to have sexual intercourse by false pretences and representations.

Lambert "brainwashed" his victims into believing he had occult powers and was caught after one of his victims reported the abuse to the police in 2009 after a counselling session, the Metropolitan Police said.

Following the complaint Met officers were able to identify and locate the other three victims.

Lambert worked as a gravedigger and later as a groundsman tending to graves in the church, police said.

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