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'Sexual predator' Arthur Warwick jailed for life

Arthur Warwick Image copyright Cumbria Police
Image caption The judge told Arthur Warwick he had caused "incalculable harm"

A "sexual predator" who committed a string of sexual offences against children has been sentenced to life.

Arthur Warwick, 58, of Roundthorn, near Penrith admitted 30 separate offences dating back to the mid-1970s.

Carlisle Crown Court heard he offered sweets and cigarettes to the children as "inducements".

The judge sentenced Warwick to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 13 years, and said he had caused "incalculable harm".

Warwick's offences date from 1975 to March 2016 and came to light after a police sting which caught him arranging to meet a child for sex.

'Truly evil'

Following this investigation, further victims came forward.

In a victim impact statement, one described him as a "dirty monster".

The offences include:

• 11 counts indecent assault on children between the age of nine and 15

• Attempted rape of a nine-year-old child

• Five counts of a serious sexual assault on children aged between 12 and 15

• Three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

• Possession of indecent images of children

• Three counts of making indecent images

Det Ch Insp David Pattinson, of Cumbria Police, said: "[Warwick's] actions were truly evil and he has left a number of people scarred for life.

"He would gain the trust of the victim's parents and then isolate his victims so they felt unable to speak out about what was happening to them.

"He would leave his victim with a childhood ruined and then simply move on to the next."

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