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Former mayor jailed for underwear thefts

The mayor of a village who got his “sexual kicks” by sneaking into bedrooms to steal and violate women's underwear was jailed for two years yesterday after he was caught out by a secret camera.

Church-going Ian Stafford (59) was a highly respected member of the community and mayor of Preesall in Lancashire before his “bluntly revolting” behaviour was uncovered, Preston Crown Court heard.

A part-time handyman and gardener, he had been employed for years by some of his victims who trusted him with keys to their homes.

But while alone Stafford, a bachelor, would creep into their bedrooms, rifle through underwear draws and masturbate before replacing the knickers and also stealing some of the garments.

The court heard the victims were “embarrassed, disgusted and shocked” to discover how the man they trusted was getting his “sexual kicks”.

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