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Sex abuser showed 'no remorse'

William "Jack" Richardson, who has been jailed for 16 years Credit: Cumbria Police

Prosecutors say a man who sexually abused five young girls in Cumbria over more than 20 years showed no remorse for his actions.

William Richardson, from Cleator Moor, commonly known as Jack, has been jailed for 16 years at Carlisle Crown Court for the abuse between 1976 and 1999. The victims’ ranged from five to 13 years.

Katie Nicolson, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: “William Richardson is a sexual predator who got away with abusing young girls for many years. Today his crimes have caught up with him and he must face up to the consequences of his actions as he begins this prison sentence.

“He has shown no remorse for his actions. He made partial admissions to the police after he was arrested playing down the level of abuse to minimise his culpability. He then put his victims through the ordeal of having to relive the abuse he inflicted upon them at a trial. The jury saw through his half-truths and outright lies and found him guilty on all counts.

“This case is another example that no matter how long ago sexual abuse was committed, victims can see justice done. Richardson’s victims have shown great courage in coming forward and standing up to their abuser and I sincerely hope that they can now begin to move on with their lives.

12-year-old girl injured in hit and run

A 12-year-old girl from Cleator Moor has been injured in a hit and run in Cleator Moor.

She has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with serious injuries but they are not thought to be life threatening.

Officers were called to the scene on Leconfield Street in Cleator Moor at 8:12am this morning, Friday 11 July.

The road between The Square and the Co-Op store was closed but is now reopen.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the police.

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'Serious' hit and run in Cleator Moor

Police are continuing to investigate a 'serious' incident on Leconfield Street in Cleator Moor.

Officers were called to the scene at 8:12am this morning, Friday 11 July, after reports of a hit and run.

Witnesses said a blue vehicle hit a pedestrian but failed to stop.

The road is closed between The Square and the Co-Op store and all motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the police.

Cumbrian vicar to walk 3 months across countries for charity

A vicar is setting off on a thousand mile walk that will take him from France across much of Northern Spain.

The Reverend Peter Turnbull from Cleator Moor is heading for the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela.

Although it will be a spiritual journey for the vicar, he also hopes to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Matthew Taylor joined the vicar for his preparations.

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Vicar sets off for thousand mile walk

A vicar is setting off today on a thousand mile walk that will take him from France across much of Northern Spain.

The Reverend Peter Turnbull from Cleator Moor is heading for the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela.

It is a journey to raise money for the Great North Air ambulance but also to make his own spiritual journey.

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