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A predator lured teenage 'magnet fisher' away from prying eyes to assault him in Rochdale

60 year old Stephen Thorpe targeted his teenage victim who was fishing Photo: GMP

A man has been jailed after sexually assaulting a 14-year-old who was 'magnet fishing' in Rochdale.

60 year old Stephen Thorpe targeted his young victim in September last year, after seeing him fishing alone in the Rochdale canal.

He began a conversation with the boy, telling him he would have a better chance of catching something if he moved to a different pond nearby.

The teenager took the advice and went to the spot he had suggested - close to Hollingworth Lake, but Thorpe followed him and cornering him in an area 'away from prying eyes".

On Friday, Thorpe, of Firgrove Avenue, was found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a child at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court and sentenced to four years in prison.

The assault happened near Hollingworth Lake Credit: Manchester Evening News

"Stephen Thorpe is a predator, he preyed on his victim, and advised him to go out of sight of prying eyes before cornering him and sexually assaulting him.

"He refused to admit his crime and has shown no remorse for what he has done.

"The boy will be left with lasting mental scars from this terrifying event, I am glad he has got a strong family around him and I would like to commend him for his bravery.

"While the terrifying memories may take a long time to fade, I hope today’s result helps the boy to move on from his horrific ordeal."

– Det Con Karl Perry, of GMP’s Rochdale division