September 2021

Vile Wigan great-grandad paedophile is finally jailed

A vile Wigan paedophile who got away with his crimes for decades is finally behind bars this week.

Harold Pollard brazenly told relatives of his victim, whom he abused from the age of eight through to 17 in the 1970s and ‘80s, that he had committed the crimes because he did not have a wife, she having left him and then later died.

This disgusting and groundless justification for his attacks cut no ice with a Bolton Crown Court jury which found the 74-year-old grandfather guilty of attempted rape and seven sexual assaults.

He had already confessed to another six sexual assaults and was also acquitted of one.

Appearing at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester for sentencing, Pollard, a father of five from Borsdane Avenue in Hindley, was handed down a total of 12 years in prison and another further year on extended licence.

The great-grandad was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and must sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for the rest of his life.