‘Watch out there’s a pervert on the loose’

Lancashire Police undated handout photo of Kevin Holmes

Lancashire Police undated handout photo of Kevin Holmes

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THE distraught family of a 10-year-old girl who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted say the whole community has been left devastated by the savage attack.

Pervert Kevin Holmes snatched the youngster on Martindale Avenue, in Fleetwood, as she made her way to the park to meet her friends.

Artist's impression issued by Lancashire Constabulary of Kevin Holmes

Artist's impression issued by Lancashire Constabulary of Kevin Holmes

The 28-year-old bundled the girl into the boot of his car, abused her and then abandoned the child on a piece of wasteland in Rossall.

Preston Crown Court heard Holmes then drove back to Fleetwood to pick up his own three-year-old son to take him on a week’s holiday.

Days later he even rang the mother of his child to warn a paedophile was at large in the area.

Holmes has now been jailed indefinitely.

His victim’s family said the little girl had been traumatised by the attack.

The girl’s mother said: “No matter the sentence it will never make this go away.

“I’ve lived in Fleetwood my whole life. I think people are a lot more wary about letting their kids play out now.

“What this man did to our little girl is horrific. She or any other child should have been able to feel safe playing around the corner in the park in broad daylight.

“Her innocence has been taken from her by this man’s actions.”

The girl’s father said: “She still doesn’t like sleeping by herself. It hurts us a lot. Hopefully in time it will go back to how it was.”

Preston Crown Court heard how the girl passed Holmes as she was walking along Martindale Avenue after buying sweets from a shop around 1.20pm on Sunday May 9. He was standing next to the open boot of his blue Vauxhall Astra and asked her for help.

When she refused he grabbed her and bundled the terrified youngster into the boot of his car.

After the horrific attack, Holmes let the girl go – but not before threatening to kill her if she looked back.

Detectives launched a major investigation, which at its height involved 100 officers, and a final breakthrough came when officers found a family DNA link to Holmes.

The pervert, of Coney Crescent in the Crosby area of Liverpool, was arrested in June and pleaded guilty to kidnap, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and sexual assault in September.

He was acquitted of rape after his victim felt unable to be cross-examined.

He will now serve a minimum of five years in prison for his offences before he can considered for parole.

Judge Christopher Cornwall told Holmes: “You are a dangerous offender and must be sentenced as such. The risk of you causing other under age children harm is high.

“The harm that you have done to this young girl is beyond calculation. You exploited her innocence for your own gratification. You have cast a dark shadow over her childhood and no-one can know the length of that shadow.”