A MAN has been jailed and put on the sex offenders' register for life after he sexually abused a young girl in Bromsgrove.

Iain Elrick was found guilty at Worcester Crown Court on Friday (September 13) of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity with a child, paying for the sexual services of a child and sexual activity.

The victim, who is now an adult, reported the abuse back in June 2017. She said it started when she was under 13 years old and continued for several years.

The 44-year-old male, from Kitwell Road in Birmingham, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment and will spend his life on the sex offenders' register after a jury found him guilty on all nine counts.

DC Chivers said: “This was a challenging investigation into historical allegations of sexual abuse.

"I’m pleased the jury has now found Elrick guilty of all nine counts.

"These cases are always very sensitive with victims displaying both courage and bravery in coming forward and I’d like to praise the victim for her courage and hope this sentence of eight years gives her some resolution and feeling of justice having been done.

“I also hope this conviction will provide reassurance to other victims of sexual offences, giving them the confidence to report their ordeal in the knowledge that they will be listened to and supported.

"Police will always investigate and do everything in their power to bring offenders to justice.

"If anyone has been affected by this case then I encourage them to come forward and make a report to police."

Anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence can report the incident to police on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Alternatively, there are many agencies victims can approach for help, guidance or support which offer a variety of services. Go to stoprapenow.co.uk/4284 for more information and for a list of the agencies available in your area.