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A man who committed a series of historical rapes and sexual assaults has been jailed today (Friday, July 29) for 30 years.

Philip May, 60, of Wem, Shrewsbury, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court following an investigation by Lancashire Police.

In 2019 police were approached by a woman who alleged she had suffered serious sexual abuse by May when she was a child. As part of police enquiries, a second woman was spoken to, who also confirmed she had suffered serious sexual abuse by May as a child.

The offending was reported as taking place between 2005 and 2009 in the Hesketh Bank area.

May was later given summons to appear at court for 24 offences, including rape, sexual assault, sexual touching and attempt rape.

He pleaded not guilty but following a trial was found guilty of all offences on Wednesday (July 27).