September 2019: Now released back to Telford

February 2015

Telford man gets eight years in jail for raping young girl

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A Telford man has been jailed for eight years for the rape of a girl under the age of 13 during the 1990s

Richard Neil Roberts, 51, from Telford, was sentenced to prison at Shrewsbury Crown Court today.

Roberts was a 32-year-old man when the offence took place in 1995 and was living in the Donnington area of Telford.

It is believed he also went by the name Richard Bates when the crime was committed.

Detective Inspector Mark Jones, who led the investigation, said: “I am satisfied with the sentence handed down by Judge Barrie and I feel it properly reflects the seriousness of the offence.

“Obtaining this conviction demonstrates how seriously all allegations of this nature are taken by police. The passage of time will not detract from our determination to uncover evidence and prosecute offenders. I offer my reassurance to victims and witnesses who are considering coming forward. We will offer complete support and the utmost patience, care and respect when dealing with reports of this nature.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the courage of the victim in this case. The woman, who is now an adult, was a child when this dreadful offence occurred in the safety of her own home. It is only recently that she has found the courage to report this matter.

“Finally, I am keen to hear from anyone who may recognise Roberts and who may have any further details or information in relation to this or other incidents.”

Anyone who feels they may have any further information is asked to contact Telford CID on 0300 333 3000 ext 5912.

If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, or are worried about someone you know being abused, please contact West Mercia Police on the non-emergency number 101.

You can also contact the Glade which offers a service to men, women and children who have experienced rape or sexual assault in the Shropshire, Telford, Herefordshire and Worcestershire areas.

24-hour self-referral number 0808 178 2058 or http://www.theglade.org.uk/

Information can also be passed on anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org