POLICE have moved to calm fears after the conviction of two South Cheshire paedophiles for the systematic sexual abuse of two young girls.
Allan Tunney, 64, of Elworth Road, Sandbach, was jailed for eight years and John Hatch, was sentenced to 12 years. Both pleaded guilty to a string of sex attacks on their victims.
Hatch, 63, told Wolverhampton Crown Court he had no fixed address, but was said to have lived in Sandbach. He a history of sex crimes against children.
Judge Frank Chapman described the case as the worst he had heard in his career.
Tunney was convicted on charges involving rape, indecent assault and taking part in the making of an indecent video.
Hatch was convicted on charges involving rape and indecent assault.
The men were members of a paedophile ring run by 56-year-old John Brady, of Wolverhampton. who has been given eight life sentences for his part in the grooming of two victims
The court heard how Brady made extensive recordings of himself abusing the girls and also filmed other men assaulting and raping them.
A fourth man, Paul Harrison of Stourbridge, West Midlands, was jailed for eight years for indecent assault and cruelty to a child.
He from West Midlands Police has headed the long running investigation.
DI Salt said a man's house, in Wolverhampton, was searched and child porn was found. He added: 'The children and further offenders were identified, leading police to the four man enterprise, and the two girls who had been systematically sexually abused.'
Judge Chapman told the men they had treated one young girl like a sex toy and branded them 'dangerous paedophiles'.
In sentencing he described their behaviour as 'so grave it would disgust any right-thinking person'.
The case has struck fear into parents in Sandbach and Wolverhampton. However, DI Salt has spoken out to reassure the community that youngsters are safe.
He said: 'The whole investigation has been intense and thorough.
'These girls were known to one or more of the four men and I am happy to reassure people in Sandbach and Wolverhampton that there was never, and is no risk, to other young children in the localities.
'These men are now in prison and will remain there for a very long time.'