Jail for man who raped and sexually assaulted girls

John Gill, 75, of Norbreck Road, Blackpool, was jailed for 10 years for historic sex offences.

John Gill, 75, of Norbreck Road, Blackpool, was jailed for 10 years for historic sex offences.

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A pensioner has been jailed for 10 years for what a judge described as “terrible” sex abuse on two girls.

Preston Crown Court heard on Friday how John Gill, 75, raped one of the girls, and carried out 17 sex offences including 15 counts of indecently assaulting his victims.

Gill, of Norbreck Road, Norbreck, pleaded guilty to the crimes, which date back more than 30 years.

In victim impact statements, both women spoke of their lives having been profoundly affected by what had happened to them.

Gill has been banned from working with children and has been made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order.

For more on this story, see Monday’s Gazette.