Update – 2016: Ainscow has now been released and has been seen in Bolton and Warrington

July 2010

Wanted man hands himself into police


A MAN convicted of dragging a 14-year-old girl into woodland where he raped her twice has handed himself into police.

Stephen Ainscow, aged 28, was jailed for seven years in 2005 after he abducted and raped a terrified schoolgirl late at night, pushing his fingers down her throat to keep her quiet.

The girl was rescued after a quick-thinking student, then aged 17, heard her crying out for help and went to alert his stepfather.

The pair found her lying on her back in the mud, half-naked, screaming, crying and in shock.

The attack came just two hours after Ainscow sexually assaulted a disabled woman.

Ainscow carried out the attack in Waterfoot, Rossendale, on December 4, 2004.

He was released from prison in March after serving four years of his sentence but subsequently went missing, breaching the terms of his release.

One of his victim’s said she was too terrified to step outside her front door because he was on the loose and the police appealed for help in tracking him down.

Police visited addresses in Bradshaw and Glossop in a bid to track him down before Ainscow handed himself into to police in Warrington this afternoon.

He will now be sent back to jail to serve the remainder of his sentence.