Paul Hitchen: Wigan 'controlling' serial child rapist jailed

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Image caption Paul Hitchen befriended young girls before going on to violently abuse them

A "controlling" serial child rapist who attacked girls as young as 13 over nine years has been jailed.

Paul Hitchen, 35, was found guilty of 29 offences including seven counts of rape, seven sexual assaults, actual bodily harm and false imprisonment.

His attacks involved eight victims, including girls as young as 13 and 15, between 2002 and 2011, police said.

Hitchen, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, was jailed for 29 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

'Violent attacks'

The court heard how Hitchen, of no fixed address, would befriend young girls before going on to abuse them.

Described as a "bully", police said he would become controlling, easily annoyed and violent.

If his victims did not consent to "sexual favours", he would force himself upon them.

The offences came to light in 2014 when one victim came forward, then seven others followed.

Det Con Cameron Hackett said Hitchen had "never once showed any remorse".

"Not only did he carry out violent sexual attacks, he also engaged in sexual activity with young girls despite knowing they were not legally old enough to do so," he said.

Hitchen was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

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