September 2023

Man jailed for child sex offences

A man been jailed for multiple child sex offences including rape against a schoolgirl

Anthony Bird, 79 years, of Claydons Place in Longwick, Buckinghamshire was sentenced to 16 years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court after pleading not guilty to multiple sexual offences towards a child at a three-week trial.

Following a long investigation, detectives charged Bird with two counts of gross indecency with a girl under 14 years, eight counts of indecent assault on a girl aged under 14 years and five counts of rape of a girl under 16 years which occurred between 1992 and 2003 at an address in Ashton-in-Makerfield.