Man guilty of 19 child sex offences

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A MAN who groomed four youngsters over a period of 10 years has been convicted of 19 child sex offences.

Preston Crown Court heard how Peter Barber took the boys to his home in Sandylands or out in his car to Middleton Sands, before abusing them.

Barber was found guilty of the charges after appearing before a jury at Preston Crown Court last Wednesday during an eight-day trial.

Barber, 62, and formerly of Hawksworth Grove and Sandylands Promenade, Morecambe, was jailed in 2010 after being convicted of child sex offences at Carlisle Crown Court. The subsequent media coverage led to four boys from Morecambe coming forward to say that they too had been abused by Barber.

The offences, which happened when the boys were aged between six and 15, took place over a decade, culminating in 2010.

Following the conviction, Det Sgt Simon Coates said: “Barber has serially targeted young boys and has put his victims through extra pain by making them go through the trial process.

“I hope that his young victims can seek some comfort from the fact that he has been found guilty.”

Barber is due to be sentenced on August 4.