August 2021

‘Extremely dangerous’ serial paedophile will ‘pose risk to others until the day he dies’

Anthony Burn was given a life sentence

A paedophile who subjected seven young girls to life-ruining sex attacks in a campaign of rape and abuse has had his sentence extended.

Anthony Burn’s offending began when he was in his teens and lasted for almost 40 years.

The 57-year-old, of Sycamore Drive, Huntingdon, was jailed for life in June, with a minimum of 15 years.

The minimum term he must serve has now been extended to 20 years following a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday (August 27), police have confirmed.

A court heard in July how Burn managed to abuse children “under the radar” subjecting his seven young victims to multiple and regular rape attacks.

His crimes began in the early 1980s when he was in his late teens and living in Northumberland.

After moving from the North East to Cambridgeshire, Burn abused two more young girls.

Burn admitted nine charges of rape relating to offences in Northumbria, involving five victims between 1982 and 2011.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of raping a child under 13, sexual assault of a child under 13 and an additional count of rape relating to offences in Cambridgeshire.

Judge Christopher Prince described him as “extremely dangerous” and said he would pose a risk to others until the day he died.

He told him: “The gravity and amount of offending is abhorrent to any right thinking person. The risk in your case will continue until the day you die. These are extremely serious offences committed by an extremely dangerous defendant.

“They are among the worst offences of this type to come before the court.”