Shropshire

Ex-Liverpool policeman jailed for child sex offences

A retired police sergeant has been jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of child sex offences.

Griffith Barker, 79, of Primrose Lane, Oswestry, Shropshire, was convicted of 23 offences at Liverpool Crown Court.

He had denied the offences, committed in the 1960s and 1970s, which involved attempted rape, indecent assaults and gross indecency with a child.

Barker, who retired from the Liverpool and Bootle Constabulary in the 1970s, was jailed on Friday.

'Significant risk to children'

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life after being found guilty of the offences against two children.

Det Insp Lisa Mahon, of Merseyside Police, said: "This has been a protracted and lengthy inquiry and I am pleased that the sentencing reflects the serious nature of the offending committed by Barker.

"I believe that he poses a significant risk to children and the fact that he is now in custody will help protect other potential victims.

"The officers involved in this investigation worked tirelessly to recover evidence and managed the victims and witnesses in the case with extreme professionalism and sensitivity.

"Any investigation of this type relies heavily on the victims and I would personally like to thank them for showing such bravery."

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