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A man who raped a young girl after promising to buy her a new coat has been jailed. 

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Kenneth Jackson (13/09/1935) of Riverside Avenue, Irlam was sentenced to 21 years in prison and a further one year to be served on licence at Manchester Crown Court today, Friday August 3, after being found guilty of rape and indecent assault. 

Jackson began abusing the victim when she was just four-years-old in the 1970s. 

Aged 11, the girl was told by Jackson she was being taken to Warrington to buy a coat. 

Instead, he drove her to an address in Irlam, where he raped her. 

The abuse continued even up until the girl was aged 16 and in 2017 she contacted police, at which point she was given specialist support and Jackson was arrested. 

Detective Sergeant Chris Smith of GMP’s Public Protection Investigation Unit said:


“Jackson began abusing this woman when she was little more than a toddler. 

“He carried on committing these depraved acts for years but the bravery she has shown is matched by her courage in coming for forward to report what happened to her as a child. 

“Today’s sentence shows that we are committed to pursuing justice for victims, no matter the age of the offence.” 

Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims. 

 - If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available. 

 - You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively, people can refer themselves to St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want to make a police report. 

 - St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police or as a self-referral. 

 - Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. 

 - Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 0161 236 2182. 


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