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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Violent sex attacker believed to have lived in Cumbria

A man believed to have been staying in Carlisle until recently has been jailed for violent sex attacks.

Alan Radcliffe, 29, was convicted following an eight-month police probe into his crimes, which spanned 10 years.

He targeted woman aged between 22 and 31 across Scotland by forging relationships with them and gaining their trust, police said.

Radcliffe subjected his victims to “repeated acts of violence and serious sexual assaults”.

Police Scotland confirmed he gave an address in Carlisle but neither the force, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service nor the Scottish Court Service were able to say where he had stayed or when, or for how long he was in the city.

Radcliffe had lived at a number of addresses but was latterly staying in Carlisle. There is no suggestion Radcliffe carried out any offences in Carlisle.

Radcliffe was sentenced to eight years in prison for assault, two rapes and making threats against four women following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh last month.

Afterwards Police Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Task Force, which led the investigation into Radcliffe, described him as “dangerous and manipulative”.

Chief Superintendent John Thomson said: “Radcliffe is now behind bars and justice has been served.”

He also praised the victims for their bravery in speaking out and urged others suffering abuse not to suffer in silence.

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