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Paedophile jailed after driving 130 miles to meet 10-year-old girl for sex

Michael Bickerton. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A paedophile who drove more than a hundred miles with the intention of having sex with a 10-year-old girl has been jailed for eight years.

Michael Bickerton, 49, from Stoke arranged to travel to St Neots in August last year, but was arrested by police as soon as he got there.

Officers had been tracking him after he used a website to chat to people, where he expressed a liking for "children from the age of eight".

When they arrested him, they found "sex-related paraphernalia" in his car - including a cheerleader outfit, a black costume mask, Viagra and lubricant.

Bickerton denied arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence but was found guilty at a trial in February.

He was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on Monday.

“From the moment he was arrested Bickerton denied he had any intention of meeting a girl, that he believed the girl to be fictitious and was instead planning on meeting another man for sex," Detective Sergeant Kath McCready said.

“In his interview he stated that numerous messages where he had spoken about the meeting and other conversations about sexually abusing children were merely fantasy.

“We are dedicated to keeping young people safe and the sentence passed reflects how seriously this kind of offence is taken.”