March 2000

Paedophile pair jailed

Williams (left) Elkington (right)

Two of the country’s most dangerous paedophiles, who conspired to rape and murder young girls after meeting in jail, have been jailed for life. 

Michael Williams, 47, of Bilston, wolverhampton and Paul Elkington, 49, of Coventry planned to target girls aged between two and 10 after kidnapping them and taking them to an area in the West Midlands. 

But their plans were thwarted by undercover police officers – one of whom spent 10 months befriending the men. They were arrested in April 1999. 

Sentencing them at Nottingham Crown Court, the judge, Mr Justice Holland, said: “There is no doubt you are extremely dangerous men.” 

Police disclosed details about the plot in January after the pair admitted conspiring with another to abduct, rape and murder. 

Detective Inspector Cath Hannon, of West Midlands, police, said at the time: “In my opinion, these are two of the most dangerous sex offenders in the country.

“They had planned and gone so far as buying items they would need to carry out their plan. The only thing left was for them to carry it out,” she said. 

She said the 18-month police operation was the biggest her force had carried out. 

“We have learnt a lot about the way paedophiles operate and how we can deal with them,” she said. 

They met in prison while serving sentences for attacks on children. Williams served four and a half years for the abduction of a boy and a girl, while Elkington served one year more for assaulting a 13-year-old girl.