January 2018

Vile Garstang abuser is caged three decades after attacks in Preesall area

A child abuser has been caged for his crimes against two young girls – more than 30 years after attacking them.

Paul Willoughby Ramell, of Hill View Road, Garstang was described as a predatory individual by police officers who helped to bring him to justice.

The 66-year-old was charged after his victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, came forward to report the sexual abuse, which happened in the Preesall area in the 1980s.

One of the youngsters was raped by Ramell as she sat on a beanbag. Another victim was warned: “Don’t tell your mum” as he subjected her to sexual abuse.

Both girls were touched inappropriately and forced into committing acts with Ramell over a period of several years. During a hearing before Preston Crown Court Ramell pleaded guilty to rape and several indecent assaults

Judge Simon Newell jailed him for 20 years. He was also given a one year extended licence period – which means he will be supervised in the community – and will be made to sign on the sex offender’s register for life.