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Kidnapper Derek Cheeseman moves to secret care home

A dying man who posed as a policeman to abduct a nine-year-old girl has been housed at a secret care home.

Derek Cheeseman, 76, of Leighton Buzzard, had been receiving treatment for terminal stomach cancer at Bedford Prison until a place was found for him.

He was deemed unfit to plead and a Luton Crown Court jury decided in July that he had committed the offence.

Judge Mark Bishop banned publication of the care home's name and address over concerns Cheeseman would be attacked.

Remote farmland

He attempted to kidnap two 12-year-old girls in Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, on 1 November by offering them £10 to walk his dogs.

Seventeen days later, he kidnapped a nine-year-old girl in Meadow Way, Leighton Buzzard, by telling her he was a policeman.

He took her to a remote track on farmland in Little Brickhill and asked her to get in the back seat.

A farmer saw the car and asked Cheeseman what was going on, and called police, who arrested him.

Cheeseman was considered unfit to plead because of his ill health and did not attend his trial, remaining in the hospital wing.

The judge passed a Supervision Order under 1964 Criminal Procedure Act for the maximum period of two years.

Cheeseman, Waterloo Road, was also given five-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order, banning him from having contact with children or leaving the care home.

He must also be registered as a sex offender for five years.

Cheeseman will be under the supervision of social services, said Judge Bishop, and "the public can be sure that the police will know at all times where he is".

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