Lancashire

Preston man, 74, jailed for sexually abusing two boys

Bernard Bannister
Image caption The sex abuse of the two boys started when they were aged nine and 12

A man from Preston has been jailed for historical sex offences against two young boys.

Bernard Bannister, 74, of Riverside, Bamber Bridge pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to 15 counts of indecent assault.

The offences took place between 1976 and 1995 against the boys who were aged nine and 12 at the time the abuse began.

He was jailed for 12 years at Preston Crown Court.

Bannister will be put on the sex offenders register for life and has been disqualified from working with children indefinitely.

He will also be subject to a sexual offences prevention order (Sopo) upon his release.

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