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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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New allegations made against convicted Carlisle child abuser

Police are investigating new allegations of abuse levelled against a paedophile who was jailed after preying on children over decades.

Arthur Cook photo
Arthur Cook

Detectives say more alleged victims have come forward after Arthur Cook, 66, was imprisoned for 10 years for sex crimes dating back to the mid-1970s.

Cook, of Greengarth, Upperby, Carlisle, had presented himself as a pillar of the community, said the judge in his case, and put himself at the heart of groups in the city.

But the pervert, who had worked in a school and a college, left his victims so traumatised they were silenced for decades.

Cook was sentenced in August following a trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Now police have confirmed that they are investigating further allegations of abuse.

A force spokeswoman said: “Following the sentencing of Arthur Cook more people came forward making historical allegations.

“These incidents are under investigation and, once complete, the Crown Prosecution Service will be consulted with regards to any potential further action.”

It is understood that three alleged victims have come forward to police.

Details of the time period the allegations cover have not been revealed.

The spokeswoman added: “The investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

Cook was sentenced after being found guilty of abusing one boy in 1976 and another over more than a decade between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s.

The court was told during his trial that he had also carried out three indecent assaults on boys in 1970, when he was aged 23.

He was given a three-year jail sentence for the first victim in the case and six years in prison, to run consecutively, for the second.

He had also pleaded guilty to 18 counts of making indecent photographs of a child and was given two 12-month jail terms, to run concurrently, for these offences.

Cook had been found guilty by a jury of nine charges and found not guilty of a further seven offences, clearing him in the process of allegations he abused a girl.

It emerged following the trial that Cook was secretary at Upperby Parish Hall in Upperby Road until his arrest.

Officials stressed Cook would have had nothing to do with any children or young people at the hall.

Cook had also been treasurer at the Carlisle and District Model Engineering Society, which runs the miniature railway at Hammonds Pond in Upperby.

He had worked at a school in Harraby as a classroom assistant and later as a technician or handyman at Carlisle College.

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