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Man jailed for 21 years for historic sex offences in Horley

A man is behind bars for more than 20 years after being found guilty of raping and indecently assaulting a young girl in Horley between 1995 and 1997

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Martin Clifford, 45, of Chatfield, Slough, was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault on at least three occasions between 1995 and 1997 when the victim was aged between 12 and 13 years old. He was also found guilty of two counts of rape in relation to the same girl.

Clifford was also found guilty of five counts of indecency with a child under 14, and five counts of indecent assault on a male under 16, involving three other victims in Slough between 1988 and 1997.

He was jailed for 21 years at Reading Crown Court last Wednesday (October 2), following his conviction on 26 September.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Harris from Surrey Police’s Public Protection Command said:

“The sentence given to Clifford last week followed an extremely successful joint investigation with our colleagues in Thames Valley Police. Working in partnership ensured that we could establish the full picture of Clifford’s offending and bring him to justice for all the crimes he had committed in both policing areas.

“I would like to pay tribute to the victims for having the courage to support the investigation and prosecution, including providing evidence to the court of their horrific abuse by Martin Clifford. I can only hope the fact that Clifford is now behind bars, will assist them in moving forward. I would also like to thank the investigators involved for their hard work and diligence in bringing this investigation to a successful conclusion.”

DCI Harris continued:

“Whenever possible we will work together diligently with partner agencies, victims and families, to bring abusers to justice. County boundaries or the age of their offending should offer them no protection from capture and prosecution.”

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Witness appeal after 17-year-old grabbed by man in Horley

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Police are appealing for witnesses and dash camera footage from the Horley area last night after an incident in Ladbroke Road.

A 17 year old woman left her home for a walk at around 10pm on Saturday 22 August, and sometime later became aware of a man behind her as she walked north along Balcombe Road from the Kings Head junction (with Smallfield Road) towards the Shell Garage Roundabout. The man is believed to have followed her into Ladbroke Road, where he asked if she wanted him to accompany her home. When she refused he grabbed towards her, leaving her with a number of scratches.

The man is described as having a tanned complexion, with short hair. He is around 5’10” tall, or skinny build and was wearing a leather jacket and jeans. He had a local accent.

Neighbourhood officers have been visiting homes and businesses in the area conducting house to house enquiries and reviewing CCTV. Police are keen to trace the man involved, as well as narrow down the time frame for the incident.

The police are keen to speak to anyone that was walking, riding or driving along the B2036 (Balcombe Road) or Ladbroke Road; between 10pm last night and 01:30am this morning. Of particular interest is anyone who has any footage (mobile phone, CCTV, dashcam or helmet-cam footage) from the route between those two times – even if you believe it does not show the man (as this may still help to focus the time frame).

Anyone who believes that they may be able to assist with the investigation is asked to contact police using the chat or report online functions on surrey.police.uk or via 101, quoting reference PR/45200089153.

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