North Wales paedophile ring jailed for total 43 years

Clockwise from left: David Lightfoot, Eddie Huxley, Marc Roy Norry, Mark Grainger and George Neil Phoenix. Credit: Geoff Abbott

Five men convicted of historic sex assaults after they were part of a predatory North Wales paedophile ring have been jailed for a total of 43 years.

They were found guilty of a total of 34 sexual offences in June after a trial at Mold Crown Court.

The men were arrested as part of the Operation Pallial investigation into past child sexual exploitation and abuse in the care system in North Wales.

There were five victims, boys aged between 10 and 15, when the attacks took place in Wrexham area in the 1980s.

Those sentenced were:

  • Mark Grainger - formerly known as Gary Cooke - 65 and from Leicester, a former professional wrestler - jailed for 14 years

  • David Lightfoot, 73 and from Cheshire - jailed for 10 years

  • Roy Norry, 55 and from Connah's Quay - jailed for 11 years

  • Neil Phoenix, 63 and from Wrexham - jailed for three and a half years

  • Julian Huxley, 70 and from Maidenhead - jailed for four and a half years

All five must register with the police as sex offenders for life.

Ian Mulcahey, Senior Investigating Officer for the National Crime Agency, said those convicted had acted as “a predatory group of paedophiles, taking advantage of vulnerable young boys.”