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Child abuse gang member faces a "significant" jail sentence

Christopher Knight faces a Credit: National Crime Agency.

A gang of paedophiles, including one from Manchester, who plotted crimes against babies and children under five in attacks that were streamed over the internet are facing lengthy prison sentences.

The gang preyed on the families of the youngsters they targeted, in one case grooming a mother and father before their baby was born.

Seven men - aged between 30 and 51 and including three convicted sex offenders - were brought to justice following an investigation led by the National Crime Agency.

The gang included Christopher Knight, 35, from Manchester, who pleaded guilty to the rape of a child under 13, two counts of conspiracy to rape a child under 13, two counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 and taking, showing, possessing indecent images of children.

Knight used chatroom names including "smlad79" while on Skype.

The shocking details can be reported in full for the first time after the trial of John Denham, 49, from Wiltshire, and Matthew Stansfield, 34, from Hampshire, ended at Bristol Crown Court with their convictions.

Knight and the others had earlier pleaded guilty to the charges they faced.

They all face "significant" prison sentences and some could be jailed for life when they return to court on a date to be fixed.