August 2017: Died in Winson Green prison

February 2015

Sex predator who targeted young girls is jailed for 17 years


A Birmingham man has been jailed for 17 years after he was convicted of historic sex offences.

John Franks, of Blandford Road, Quinton, was found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court of six counts of indecent assault, four of sexual assault against a child under 13 and four counts of rape against two victims, who were aged between 11 and 18, between 1990 and 2009.

Franks, 69, was arrested in March 2013 when the first allegations were first made against him.

Det Con Vicky Kelleher, of West Midlands Police’s public protection unit, said: “The trial of John Franks was a traumatic experience for his victims and I would like to praise their courage in coming forward.

“One of the victims told us she contacted police because she wanted to ensure this didn’t happen to anyone else.

“The effects of what this man did to them will have a lasting effect, but the knowledge that he is now behind bars will, I hope, go some way to helping them recover.”

Det Con Kelleher added: “We will always take reports of sexual abuse seriously – and victims needn’t worry that offences occurred many years ago because, as cases like this show, we can still build compelling cases against offenders.

“I would urge anyone who has suffered abuse, no matter how long ago, to contact West Midlands Police so we can investigate.”

West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit can be contacted on 101.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) can be contacted on 0808 801 0331 and