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Paedophile brothers jailed

A man has been jailed for life and his brother for 12 years, after pleading guilty to sexual offences against three children.

Eduard Peticky, 48, from Rotherham and Ludovit Peticky, 45, of Bradford, were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today (Tuesday 11 August).

Eduard Peticky was jailed for life after previously admitting sexual touching of a child under 13, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual activity in the presence of a child under 13 and trafficking in the UK for sexual exploitation.

Ludovit Peticky was sentenced to 12 years behind bars after admitting five counts of sexual touching of a child under 13 and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity at an earlier hearing.

Speaking of Eduard’s offending, the sentencing judge said: “This is a hugely horrifying incident and as depraved as could possibly be. It is horrific. He poses a substantial risk to society.”

The offences took place between 2010 and 2012 in the Eastwood area of Rotherham and were committed against two boys and a girl aged between three and 11-years-old.

In September 2013, the victims disclosed what had happened to them to a trusted adult and an investigation began.

“These young children suffered horrific abuse at the hands of these brothers over a prolonged period of time.

The harm that they caused will stay with them forever.

I am pleased the young victims found the courage to tell someone what had happened to them so that we could take swift action against the men and bring them to justice.

I hope the young victims can now try to move on with their lives and put this dreadful ordeal behind them.

I hope this will encourage other victims of abuse to come forward if they feel able to and report what has happened to them in the knowledge they will be listened to and we will investigate thoroughly.

– Investigating Officer Detective Constable Ian Hampshire

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Child critical after being hit by car

A nine-year-old boy is fighting for his life in hospital after a crash in Rotherham. The child was hit by a black Peugeot car yesterday evening near to the junction with Sopewell Road.

The child, from Kimberworth, suffered head injuries and multiple fractures, and was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The 56-year-old driver was not hurt.

PCSO to be sentenced for child sex offences

A former police community support officer will be sentenced in York today after previously admitting child sex offences. Gary Hastings, 48, of Wright Street, Hull, pleaded guilty at York Crown Court last month to seven counts of sexual activity with two boys.

The court was told the offences took place between November 2007 and August 2010. A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said at the time: "Gary Hastings was suspended in August 2011 following an investigation by the Humberside Police professional standards branch.

"He later tendered his resignation, which came into effect at the end of January 2012 and is therefore no longer an employee of Humberside Police. He commenced employment as a PCSO in north-east Lincolnshire in March 2008 after undergoing standard vetting procedures for this role."

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