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Sex offender jailed for life over kidnap of girl (6)

By Kim Pilling

A sex offender who snatched a six-year-old girl off the street and bundled her into the boot of his car has been jailed for life.

The youngster was playing near her home in Burnley, Lancashire, when Imran Khan, 34, kidnapped her and drove her several miles before he exposed himself and incited her to touch his privates.

Khan then dumped her in a wheelie bin before she later freed herself and was found wandering alone in distress by other children on the afternoon of March 26.

Ahead of a scheduled trial last month the defendant pleaded guilty to kidnap, kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence and breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

The registered sex offender was convicted in 2008 of abducting a 12-year-old girl in a car and sexually assaulting her.

Khan, from Pendle Street, Accrington, was jailed for nine years and released in 2013, said police.

In his latest crime, he tricked the girl into approaching his car by lying that he needed her help to retrieve a ball trapped under the vehicle.

He picked her up and placed her in the open boot of the black Vauxhall Astra before driving three and a half miles to the village of Hapton.

Khan parked in an isolated lane and attempted to force her to commit a sexual act before he drove a short distance to Whitefield Street where he put the girl in a wheelie bin and drove off.

Her parents contacted police after members of the public took her back home when she was discovered in a distraught state in the street asking for help following the 20-minute ordeal.

Khan's vehicle was identified from CCTV footage and he was arrested at his home address two days later.

Sentencing at Burnley Crown Court, Judge Newell ordered Khan to serve two life sentences for the kidnap offences, to run concurrently.

He was also handed a three-year concurrent term for breaching the prevention order.

Khan must serve a minimum of six years and seven months before he can be considered for parole.

Detective Inspector Jim Elston from Lancashire Constabulary's Force Major Investigation Team (FMIT) said: "I am pleased with today's result following the horrendous ordeal that this young girl had to endure which has left a lasting effect on her and her family.

"I must commend the courage and resilience that the victim has shown, particularly given her age.

"I hope that now Khan is behind bars that the family are able to start moving forward with their lives and the victim is able to try and enjoy a normal, happy childhood which she fully deserves, despite this trauma."

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