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Derek Cheeseman: Child abductor to stay in prison hospital

A man who kidnapped a nine-year-old girl after claiming he was a policeman is to be kept in a prison hospital wing until he is sentenced.

Derek Cheeseman, 76, of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, will be treated for terminal stomach cancer at Bedford Prison, Luton Crown Court heard.

A jury decided on 31 July that Cheeseman, who was declared unfit to plead, had committed the offence.

He had earlier also tried to abduct two other girls, the court heard.

The court was told he would need to stay in the prison hospital wing as it would not be possible for social services to provide 24-hour care.

Confronted by farmer

Judge Mark Bishop is due to sentence him at Luton Crown Court on 27 September.

The trial jury heard Cheeseman had persuaded the nine-year-old girl to get into his car by telling her he was a policeman.

He then drove her to a remote track on farmland near Leighton Buzzard where he told her to get in the back seat.

A farmer saw the car and confronted Cheeseman before calling the police who arrested him.

The court also heard that Cheeseman had, 17 days before, tried to kidnap two 12-year-old girls in the village of Stewkley in Buckinghamshire.

He asked them to walk his dogs and had offered them £10.

They wanted to check with their families that this was allowed but Cheeseman drove away from the scene.

He was spotted by a passing woman motorist and his car details and number were given to police.

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