A MAN has been jailed after repeatedly sexually assaulting a girl for 14 years in Bolton and Radcliffe.

Martyn Woods, aged 72, of Woodford Avenue in Lowton, has been jailed for the offences which took place between 1962 and 1976.

He appeared before Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court last week and pleaded guilty to 12 counts of sexually assaulting a child and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

The court heard how between 1962 and 1976 Woods repeatedly sexually abused a young girl, starting from when she was 4-year-old until she was 16.

His targeted abuse of the girl took place at addresses in Bolton, Radcliffe and Rawtenstall in Rossendale.

In 1976 Woods then abused a 13-year-year-old boy as he lay in bed.

It was not until 2017 when one of the victim's came forward that Woods' crimes were revealed.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Debra Gallagher of GMP’s Bury borough said: “Martyn Woods is a depraved individual whose abuse of two young children left them suffering severe emotional trauma that they still feel to this day.

“There is no doubt in my mind that he is a sexual predator who thought that he had gotten away with his sickening abuse after so many years had passed.

“However, thanks to the courage shown by one of his victims in coming forward to speak to police, Woods has now been brought to justice and a dangerous man has been imprisoned.”