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'A shameful abuse of power' - former Hertfordshire policeman jailed for child sexual offences

Garry Wells-Burr was a former police officer Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A former Hertfordshire policeman has been jailed following a "repeated and sustained" campaign of sexual abuse against two children.

Garry Wells-Burr, who was blasted by a judge for his "wickedness", served as a constable at Bishop's Stortford, Stevenage and Hertford police stations between 2003 and 2016.

Following an investigation, he pleaded guilty to a number of charges relating to two girls. The offences took place between January 2010 and July 2014, while he was a serving police officer.

His first victim was subjected to a prolonged period of abuse between the ages of 12 and 16. A second girl was abused when she was 15.

Wells-Burr, of Needingworth, Cambridgeshire, admitted: one count of causing or inciting a child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity; one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent; and one count of sexual assault.

In court, judge David Turner QC described how the former police constable had carried out the abuse "at times on a weekly basis".

"Your grave misconduct left your victims shattered and confused.

“The wickedness of what you have done will have a lasting and damaging impact on both of them. You were a trusted individual and you breached that trust with your covertly manipulative and shameful abuse of power.

"You targeted two relatively young children and the abuse was repeated and sustained.

“This was a betrayal of everything you had trained for and believed in.”

– Judge David Turner QC

Wells-Burr was jailed for six years at a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday April 13. He was banned from having any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16 and placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

"While these crimes were not linked to Wells-Burr’s job as a police officer in any way, his actions were an utter contradiction of someone whose job is to protect and serve the public. These offences will understandably have a far-reaching impact on both victims."

– Det Sgt Adam Conder, Hertfordshire Police

Wells-Burr, 36, was dismissed from Hertfordshire Police for an unrelated case of gross misconduct in February 2016.