A sex offender has today been jailed for 13 years following historic sex offences.
Christopher Hartley, 57, of Denham Avenue, Warrington, was last year found guilty of a catalogue of historic offences which occurred at the Harris Children’s Home in Preston. He was sentenced today at Preston Crown Court. He was also put on the sex offenders register.
Following a trial at Preston Crown Court in November 2017, Hartley was found guilty of 23 offences, including, rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and indecency offences against a child.
He committed these offences between 1972 and 1978. They involved five female victims aged between 8-16 years at the time.
The home, which was on Garstang Road, closed in 1982.
Andy Woodmass, from Lancashire’s Operation Fervent, which investigates historical abuse cases said:
I commend the victims’ bravery in coming forward and re-living their ordeals in order to give evidence. This is a significant sentence which reflects the harrowing nature of the offences.
Lancashire Constabulary remains committed to investigating offences of this nature, no matter how historic, and we would encourage anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence to come forward safe in the knowledge that they will be treated sensitively and professionally.
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The wife of a 76 year old man who's gone missing in Warrington has appealed for help to find him.
As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for us. We are missing Keith so much and are very upset that he isn’t at home with us.
Keith, if you are reading or listening to this, please know that you are loved so much by your family, friends and all those who know you and we desperately want you to come back home.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have been involved in helping to find Keith and I deeply appreciate all your support.
The public have all been so kind and I thank you all so much. Please continue to be vigilant, please look out for any sightings of Keith and report them to police on 101 however insignificant you feel the information is.
Meanwhile police have released CCTV images in the search for missing pensioner Keith Taylor.
The 76-year-old hasn't been seen since leaving his home in Padgate last Friday.
The images that have been released show him in a town centre pub in Warrington on the evening of the 14th December, the day before he was last seen. The pictures also show the pensioner walking in Warrington town centre.
Residents are being urged to check their outhouses and sheds.
Police in Cheshire are appealing to the public for information to help find a pensioner who's been missing since last week.
Keith Taylor was last seen at his home on Connaught Avenue in Warrington on Friday morning.
Police are urging residents to check their outhouses, garages and sheds in the Padgate and Bruche area of Warrington as the search continues to find the 76-year-old.
Keith is described as 5’ 4” tall, white, with grey hair which has flecks of black in it, and a grey moustache. He is likely to be wearing blue jeans, which are frayed at the bottom, and a navy Regatta zip up jacket. He is frail and sometimes walks with a stoop.
We’re into the third day and, despite our best efforts, we have still yet to trace Keith’s whereabouts. Your response has been tremendous and we thank you sincerely for your assistance in our search. We are continuing to ask you to keep your eye out for Keith - check your gardens and outhouses. If you have CCTV or dashcam footage please check it for any sightings.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 786 of 15 December 2017.
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Australian half-back Tyrone Roberts has agreed to join Warrington on a three-year deal from the Gold Coast Titans.
The Super League club said they had fended off interest from NRL teams Down Under to clinch a deal that will see Roberts arrive on a three-year deal.
Former Newcastle Knights man Roberts, 26, will strengthen the Wolves ranks in time for the 2018 season.
He said: "I'm very excited to be joining the Warrington Wolves. My family and I can't wait to get over there and start this new chapter in our lives. I'm excited to rip in and compete for some trophies and meet all the passionate fans."
Warrington trailed in a lowly ninth in this year's Betfred Super League, after finishing second in the table in 2016, so are looking for a big improvement next term.
Club chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick said: "The signing of Tyrone is a massive coup for Warrington and Super League. He is a player that has a genuine X-factor that will excite the Warrington supporters.
"We had to beat off clubs from the NRL to get Tyrone's signature, this shows where we are heading and that we are building something special."
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Marks & Spencer is planning to close its store in Warrington's Golden Square shopping centre.
But the out-of-town outlet at nearby Gemini Retail park, next to the M62, will remain open.
The retail giant said the proposal, part of a five-year programme which will see six stores closed nationwide, is aimed at better meeting the "changing needs of customers".
M&S said it is consulting with affected staff and those impacted by the closures will be guaranteed redeployment nearby.
The retailer said it would open 36 new stores over the next six months as part of previously announced plans, a move that will create over 1,400 jobs.
The new outlets include 34 food-only chains.
"Our customers' shopping habits are changing.
"We will open new stores, some will reduce in size, some will move, some will close and others will convert to food-only.
"Each proposal we make will be very carefully considered with our colleagues and customers firmly front of mind.
"It is our intention that nobody leaves M&S and we will work as hard as possible to ensure that we can deliver against this promise."