Manchester paedophile jailed for six years after teenage girl found in loft

A Manchester paedophile has been jailed for more than six years after police swooped on his home following a tip-off and found a teenage girl hiding in the loft.

Rory Beswick, 23, was repeatedly told by officers not to have any contact with the underage girl after her parents raised concerns when she was going missing from home and they suspected she was seeing an older man.

Although she didn’t make any complaints until Beswick, of Heywood, was arrested, it soon became clear she had been being ‘flattered’ and groomed for sex for at least four months.

In January, a month after Beswick was served with a police warning notice telling him not to have any contact with the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, her family tipped off police saying the two planned to meet at his house.

Officers knocked at the door and saw two people run from the back of the house up the stairs.

Beswick nonchalantly answered the door and said there wasn’t anybody else in the house when asked by the officer.

However, following a quick search police found the girl hiding in the loft and Beswick was arrested for child abduction.

He later pleaded guilty to eight counts of making indecent images of children, seven counts of sexual activity with a child and child abduction and was locked up for six years and three months at Manchester Crown Court today.

His offending first came to light in August last year when the girl’s parents contacted the police Sunrise Team – an agency dealing with child sexual exploitation – to say she was going missing regularly.

It soon became clear that she was visiting the much older Beswick for sex, the court heard, so he was served with a warning notice under Section Two of the Child Abduction Act which said he must not have any further contact with her.

But after consulting with her family, the team established Beswick was planning to meet the girl and swooped on his house.

A search of the property found the girl hiding in the loft as well as a number of indecent photographs and videos.

She later disclosed a number of serious sexual offences to Greater Manchester Police.

Detective Constable Ben Harris, of The Sunrise Team, Rochdale’s multi-agency child sexual exploitation team, said: “Beswick groomed this child over a number of months, she was flattered by his advances and thought he was being kind and affectionate towards her and did not realise he was abusing her.

“We will work closely with children and parents of children who we believe are at risk and where we have reason to believe an individual, in this case Beswick was taking or keeping the child from their parents, we will issue the perpetrator with an abduction notice.

“In issuing this notice we told Beswick he is liable to arrest and prosecution if he is caught with this particular girl. The abuse has had a terrible effect on the girl and her family, who are only now starting to rebuild their lives.

“I hope that today the girl can try to put her past behind her knowing justice has been done and I want to pay tribute to her strength of character as she looks to move forward with her life.”

Story via Cavendish Press

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