A 42-year-old man has been jailed for 20 years for a series of sexual offences against children in Bristol and Gloucester.
Michael Cropton, of Stonehouse, Gloucester, was jailed for 20 years at Bristol Crown Court earlier today.
He will also serve an extended six year licence following the prison sentence and will be placed on the sex offenders’ register. He also received a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order (SOPO) to run indefinitely.
A 39-year-old woman was also jailed for 32 months in connection with this investigation. She will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register.
Cropton and the woman jointly admitted one count of conspiracy to sexually assault a child under the age of 13 and arranging the commission of a child sex offence. These charges relate to two girls.
In addition, Cropton also admitted four counts of rape in relation to a third victim, a boy.
Cropton met the woman through an online dating site in 2013 and over a period of time encouraged the woman to become involved in the sexual abuse of children.
Det Insp Gary Stephens, of the Public Protection Unit, says there could be more victims who have not yet come forward.
This has been a distressing and harrowing investigation involving the horrific sexual abuse of children. Michael Cropton is a devious and manipulative man who used classic grooming techniques to identify vulnerable children he could abuse. He admitted these offences due to the overwhelming evidence against him which resulted from the hard work of the investigation team. We believe there could be more victims out there and I hope the outcome of this case will encourage people to come forward and speak to us in confidence. I would also appeal to anyone who has been in a relationship with Michael Cropton to please get in touch with us.
Cropton is now in the right place and the community is a much safer place without him in it.
It's been a busy month for Gloucester's Jamie McDonald. Not only was he the West's Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards and met the Prime Minister, but his portrait is going on show at Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery today.
And he isn't stopping raising money for good causes - the work is due to be auctioned in December in aid of the Pied Piper Appeal.
The RSPCA has reported a big increase in the number of abandoned animals in our region with almost 1,500 cases so far this year.
- Bristol 209 cases
- Somerset 541 cases
- Wiltshire 354 cases
- Gloucestershire 318 cases
They include these three rare red-footed tortoises which were found in rabbit hutches at a pet store in Gloucester. If they'd been left outside for any longer they could have really suffered.
The charity has begun an appeal to help it tackle a problem where it says too many animals are being dumped like rubbish. It worries that it will get even worse as winter draws in.
Gloucester have got off to a flying start in the first European Challenge Cup fixture of the season.
They ran in 6 tries, including a hat-trick from Charlie Sharples, as Brive were swept aside 55-0 at Kingsholm.
Sharples was making his 150th appearance for the Cherry and Whites.
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The A38 Southern Avenue in Gloucester is closed, due to an accident involving a car and a cyclist on the A4173 Stroud Road / B4072 Stroud Road / Reservoir Road roundabout.
It's also affecting A4173/B4072 Stroud Road at A38 Southern Avenue / B4072 Stroud Road / Reservoir Road and Reservoir Road at A38 Southern Avenue / A4173 Stroud Road / B4072 Stroud Road.
The roundabout is closed in all directions. Motorists are being asked to avoid the area.
School bus services are severely affected:
GLOUCESTER UPDATE - DUE TO AN RTC ON STROUD ROAD / ST BARNABUS ROUNDABOUT SERVICES 9, 91, 93 & SCHOOLS WILL BE SUBJECT TO SEVERE DISRUPTION.
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Gloucester were unable to build on two early tries as they lost at home to Exeter Chiefs on Friday night.Read the full story ›
Gloucester have been beaten at home by Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership.
The Cherry and Whites were leading after two early tries from Jonny May and Dan Murphy.
But the visitors battled back to lead 22-12 at half-time, and despite a second half comeback where Sione Kalamafoni crossed the line, Exeter held on to win 25-22.