Beeford pensioner who abused school girls is jailed for three years

John Cooke. Picture by Hull News and Pictures.

John Cooke. Picture by Hull News and Pictures.

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A 77-year-old paedophile who abused girls aged between three and seven has been jailed for three years.

Naturist Cooke sexually abused five school girls aged between three and seven at his cottage home in New Road, Kelk, behind his wife’s back.

The father-of-two was dubbed “weird and eccentric” by one victim. He tricked children into granting him sexual favours with the promise of learning how to drive his ride-on lawnmower.

Cooke, now of Meadow Close, Beeford, was found guilty of seven charges of indecency with a child and two charges of indecent assault after a three-day trial at Hull Crown Court in March.

Cooke was jailed for three years, must sign on the National Sex Offenders’ Register for life and is banned from working with children.

•For the full story see this Thursday’s Free Press.