A South Yorkshire man has been locked up for 14 years for a series of sex attacks on young girls spanning a decade.
Vincent Glazzard, aged 49, was jailed after being found guilty of 11 sexual offences on two girls, which started when they were just nine years old.
Glazzard, of Morrison Road, Darfield, near Barnsley, was convicted of three counts of rape on a girl under 16, four counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14, two counts of indecent assault on a girl under 16, sexual activity with a girl under 16 and sexual assault on a girl under 16.
He was found not guilty of five other charges.
The rapist denied the offences, forcing his victims to relive their ordeals during his two week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.
Detective Inspector John Fitzgibbons, who led the police probe into the sex attacks, said: “Words cannot begin to describe the abhorrent actions of Glazzard and the suffering his victims have endured. His crimes against them were absolutely appalling.
“He has consistently denied the offences and sought to shift blame onto his victims for making accusations against him.
“As a result of this they had to undergo the harrowing ordeal of reliving their experiences during the trial.
“I would like to praise the victims and witnesses in this case for their strength and fortitude throughout this two-year long investigation.
“I can only hope they feel justice has been served for the distress and anguish he will have caused them and they have some form of closure now he is behind bars.”
Anyone affected by similar issues and who would like to speak to specially trained officers should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.
Further support is available by calling Childline on 0800 11 11 or the NSPCC 24 Hour Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or by texting 88858.