A 60 year-old man from Cheshire has been jailed for eight years at Chester Crown Court after sexually assaulting a young girl over a period of two years.

Arthur Cooke, previously of Sandown Road in Crewe was reported to police and a subsequent investigation led to Cooke being charged.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison on Thursday, February 4, after being found guilty of five counts of indecent assault of a girl under 16.

This was following a three week trial at Chester Crown Court.

Cooke was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and ordered to pay a victim surcharge.

Detective Sergeant Kate Palin, from Crewe Local Policing Unit, said: “I hope Cooke’s conviction and sentence helps to provide closure to the victim and enables her to move forward with her life.

“I want to thank her for her courage and patience during the investigation.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage other victims of sexual offences to come forward and report them to us.

“Cheshire Constabulary takes any allegation of a sexual offence extremely seriously, both recent incidents and those that occurred in the past.

“Any report will be thoroughly investigated, with the wishes and needs of the victim considered as our main priority.

“Victims should never feel ashamed to talk about what they have been subjected to.

“They will receive the help and support they need from our specialist officers, as well as from other support agencies we work alongside, and all victims of sexual offences have the legal right to remain anonymous.”

David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: “I know officers work extremely hard to bring sexual offenders to justice.

“I urge anyone who has been the victim of a sexual assault – no matter how long ago the incident took place – to come forward and report it.

“I will continue to work with victims to ensure that they are listened to and are provided with the specialist support they need.”

If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, or know of someone who has, please contact Cheshire Police on 101, https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ or Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.