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Paedophile jailed for kidnappings

A paedophile who snatched four girls from the street in the 1980s and 1990s, sexually abused them and then dumped them has been jailed for 16 years.

David Bryant, 65, from Ulverston, Cumbria, felt "a sense of grievance" after being caught so long after the offences, Newcastle Crown Court was told.

The balding grandfather was sentenced for four terrifying attacks on victims in Hampshire and Tyneside. He admitted kidnap and sexual assault after cold-case detectives made a DNA link to catch him 30 years after he first struck.

Judge James Goss, Recorder of Newcastle, said: "All your victims were very young girls aged five or under. There was a distinct pattern to your offences. In each case you approached your victim near to where you were working at the time, took them to a place of privacy where you sexually assaulted them."

Bryant's offending against young girls became more serious as he continued to evade capture, with the mother of his final victim believing her daughter was dead as she had been missing for 17 hours.

Gerry Sydenham, head of the Crown Court Unit at CPS North East, said: "Bryant was singularly unco-operative. He had no feeling for the victims or their families. He had to be confronted with overwhelming evidence.

"This is a man who was able to function for a number of years having committed serious crimes."

Mr Sydenham added: "His crimes devastated communities - particularly in the west end of Newcastle which was a focus for his offending. Trust broke down amongst people, parents were in fear for their children, there was widespread fear."

Detective Inspector Julian Venner, of Hampshire Constabulary, said after the case "significant time and resources" had been invested in the investigation.

"David Bryant eventually pleaded guilty due to overwhelming forensic evidence and his life history, whereby the police from both forces were able to prove he was living and working within close proximity of these offences when they were committed," he said.


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