August 2018

Paedophile ice cream seller who targeted young girls in Newham in the 1970s

A paedophile who groomed and carried out sex attacks on four young girls in Newham has been jailed after his victims came forward 40 years later.

David Budd, 72, targeted the girls, who were all aged around nine, in the 1970s when he was an ice cream seller in the borough.

Snaresbrook Crown Court he gained their trust before sexually assaulted them.

He got away with his crimes and later and moved to Spain.

However one of his brave victims came forward to police last year and detectives identified three other girls who had been sexually assaulted by him.

He was arrested in December last year at Southend Airport as he returned to the UK and subsequently charged in April.

Last month he pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault and four charges of indecency with a child and yesterday he was jailed for eight years and 10 months.