June 2016

Man jailed for 11 years for committing sex offences against young girls during Luton carnival


A MAN who let himself into a house and committed sexual offences against young girls during Luton Carnival has been jailed for 11 years.

Martin Druce, 57, of Fourth Avenue, Luton, entered the property near the town centre in May last year by telling the children he needed to use the toilet.

The mother of one of the girls had been asleep in a room upstairs.

Druce then indecently exposed himself to the two girls and tried to force them to engage in sexual activity.

Bedfordshire Police were able to use CCTV footage from Luton Council and a nearby supermarket to place Druce near the property and link him to a vehicle.

He was later arrested and remanded into custody after being charged in connection with the offence.

At a hearing in Luton Crown Court last Monday (March 14), Druce was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence and two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Detective Constable Mohammed Hussain, investigating, said: “This was an abhorrent act against two innocent children which will no doubt have left them scarred.