A NORTH Yorkshire man has been jailed for six years for sexual offences against young girls.

Graham John Stubbings, 29, of Hatterboard Drive, Scarborough, was found guilty by a jury of eight counts of sexual activity with children between 2004 and 2012, when a five-day trial ended at Teesside Crown Court today.

The court heard Stubbings targeted two vulnerable young girls - who were aged just 12 and 13 when he met them - and started sexual relationships with them.

Detective Constable Jonathan Sygrove, of Scarborough CID, said: “I am pleased that Graham Stubbings has received a sentence which reflects the gravity of his offending. His behaviour in targeting vulnerable young girls was disgusting and I hope he uses his time in prison to reflect on the distress he has caused his victims.

“The two victims in this case were extremely brave in coming forward and reporting Stubbings to the police before attending court. If they hadn’t had the courage to face what happened to them Stubbings would still be in a position to target other young girls. I would like to thank them for their bravery and I hope that their actions will give other victims of sexual offences the confidence to come forward.”

Victims of sexual offences are entitled to automatic anonymity, and anyone who has been affected by sexual offences can contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, where specially trained officers treat all cases with sensitivity and discretion.