May 2016

Leeds scout leader jailed for abuse of young boys


A Leeds scout leader who sexually abused young boys in the 1970s and 1980s has been jailed for 16 years.

Peter Ridsdale abused his victims on many occasions at his home, his allotment and on a trip away.

He would buy them food and others gifts, some of which he would bring back from his time away in the navy.

Ridsdale, 77, of Strawberry Avenue, Garforth, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court after admitting seven serious sexual offences, 15 indecent assaults and nine offences of indecency with a child.

The court heard the offences took place against three victims in Leeds between 1970 and 1982 when the boys were aged were aged between 11 and 17 years old.

Describing the offending, judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “It was characterised throughout those many years by grooming and a breach of trust.

“I acknowledge that I am now dealing with a very different man than one from many years ago.

“One of the reasons it is so serious is that has had a lifelong affect on your victims. You not only robbed those boys of their childhood, you robbed them of a normal life.”