October 2016: Gary Dove died from an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), commonly known as a heart attack

June 2015: Gary Dove is now living in Bracknell but also visits family regularly in Blackpool

July 2009

Easthampstead man jailed for abducting and sexually abusing learning difficulties girl


An Easthampstead man has been jailed for abducting and sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl with learning difficulties.

Gary Dove, 42, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Friday to four and a half years for child abduction, four months for one count of sexual activity with a 14-year-old child and six months for a second count of sexual activity with a 14-year-old child, to all run concurrently.

Dove, formerly of Pondmoor Road, had previously admitted all three charges.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for seven years and a sexual offences prevention order was given, banning him from remaining unsupervised with any child under 16 years except a relative, and from working with children under 16 years.

The victim was reported missing to police on Friday, January 2, this year and was found the same day with Dove at a hotel in Blackpool, where she had been taken without parental consent.

While in the hotel Dove committed a sexual act with her. The other charge of sexual activity relates to an offence committed at Dove’s home in December 2008.

Summing up Judge Zoe Smith said: “This is a very serious case of an abduction of a vulnerable child.”