Leeds paedophile in clifftop drama

A paedophile who went on the run has finally been brought to justice for a sickening campaign of rape against two young girls.

Depraved Alec Moule, of Leeds, who has been wanted by police since Christmas 2005, was caught after officers cornered him in a dramatic cliff top hunt on the Devonshire coast.

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The 44-year-old has been jailed for an indefinite jail term and will not be eligible for parole for eight years.

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He has been placed on the sex offenders register for life after pleading guilty to a catalogue of rape and sexual assault charges

against the two girls over a seven year period when they were aged between nine and 14 years old.

At the sentencing at Leeds Crown Court, Judge Christopher Batty said Moule posed a serious risk to children.

The court heard how the girls told police they had been abused by Moule for years, which eventually led to rape after plying them with alcohol.

Eventually police tracked Moule down in Skipton in 2006. He denied the allegations and after answering his bail at Bridlington Police Station he fled.

He was then tried at Leeds Crown Court in his absence and was found guilty.

Moule, who lived in the Leeds area when the offences took place, was finally caught in 2009 after members of the public contacted Devon and Cornwall Police.

Officers found him and managed to make the arrest in dangerous conditions on the edge of a cliff as it was getting dark.

It is thought that Moule had fled to the Devonshire area and was living off the land.

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