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Gloucester man William Barber jailed for child abuse

William Victor John Barber, police photo
Image caption Barber, 60, of Gloucester, was sentenced to 14 years behind bars

A 60-year-old man has been jailed for sexually abusing eight children over a 12-year period.

William Barber, of Southgate Street, Gloucester, was sentenced to 14 years in prison at Gloucester Crown Court.

He was found guilty on Tuesday of 18 indecency charges, relating to offences which began in 1987.

Judge Jamie Tabor said: "You have not shown one scintilla of concern for your victims, only for yourself."

He added: "You've left indelible psychological scars. You took away their childhood and their childhood memories."

Barber, who had denied the charges, was told he would have to sign the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

The former painter and decorator was found guilty of 16 counts of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child.

During the trial the court heard that eight children aged between five and 12 were abused - seven girls and one boy.

The victims told the court Barber assaulted them at his home and in a caravan in the Forest of Dean.

The first allegations came to light in 1998 and again in 2003 but it was not until fresh claims were made in 2010 that police were able to bring charges.

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