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Heywood rapist Sean Purcell jailed over attacks on women

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Image caption "Controlling" Sean Purcell attacked his victims after meeting them on dating websites

A "jealous" rapist who repeatedly attacked three women he met on dating websites has been jailed for 16 years.

Sean Purcell met the women and raped them after becoming paranoid about their relationships with other people, police said.

The 24-year-old, of Heywood, Greater Manchester, admitted four counts of rape and five counts of sexual assault.

He was jailed at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court for the attacks between 2012 and 2015.

Greater Manchester Police said he would fly into "jealous rages" and subjected his victims to "sustained campaigns of rape and sexualised violence, as well as controlling behaviour and coercive abuse".

Det Con Janet Malone said: "Purcell was a prolific serial offender and his method of offending was the same against all three of his victims.

"He would often fly into jealous rages with no provocation and then subjected these poor women to humiliating sexual assaults."

Ms Malone added that Purcell is "clearly a very dangerous man", and urged others who may have information about him to come forward.

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