Surrey

Woking man jailed for 'relentless' child rape

Alan Thornby
Image caption Alan Thornby was found guilty of the attacks at Guildford Crown Court

A Surrey man has been jailed for 18 years after being found guilty of "relentlessly" raping two children.

Alan Thornby, 35, of Gloster Road, Old Woking was convicted of 30 rapes at Guildford Crown Court, after a nine-day trial.

The rapes took place between 2004 and 2010, and evidence of 12 of the assaults came to light during a previous trial in October, police said.

Det Con Kate Walters said: "The two victims were relentlessly abused."

Thornby first appeared at Guildford Crown Court in October when he was on trial for 18 counts of rape against one child, police said.

During the trial, evidence emerged which resulted in the trial being halted and Thornby being charged with a further 12 counts of rape, a spokesman said.

Ms Walters said: "I am thankful the jury was able to see through the defendant's web of lies during the trial which was, at times difficult to listen to, as the details emerged of the offences against his young victims.

"The two victims were relentlessly abused and have suffered as a result of their traumatic experiences."