October 2010

Bus driver jailed for historic sexual abuse

A bus driver has been jailed for sexually abusing two young girls.

Geoffrey Ravenscroft, of Pilsworth Road, Heywood, abused the girls in the 70s and 90s – but neither felt brave enough to come forward until last year.

The 62-year-old preyed on his first victim in 1979 while working as a lorry driver. He forced her to perform sex acts on him on numerous occasions

The second attack took place in 1996 when Ravenscroft, who was then working as a coach driver, forced a girl to perform a sex act on him after dropping off passengers in Blackpool.

His two victims contacted police last year after they discovered Ravenscroft was working as a school bus driver. Ravenscroft pleaded guilty to 12 counts of indecency with a child and one count of indecent assault at Bolton Crown Court on Friday.

He was jailed for three years and ordered to sign the sexual offenders register for life.

Detective Constable Kirsty Simcox said: “These women have been incredibly brave by coming forward and ensuring that Ravenscroft has been jailed.

“We must not underestimate the strength it took to make that decision but the fact these women wanted to make sure he could not hurt any other child outweighed any misgivings they had and I commend them for that.

“We take all reports of sexual abuse seriously, no matter how long ago they happened and we do everything we can to support those people through the judicial process.” Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on             0161 872 5050       or 999 in an emergency.