Police Rapist's Sentence Increased

A paedophile police officer from Cambridgeshire who subjected his victim to the "most horrendous'' sex attacks has now been ordered to serve 20 years after leading judges added more than five years to his ``unduly lenient'' sentence.

Disgraced former Cambridgeshire Police sergeant Nick Lidstone, 56, was originally jailed for a total of 14 and a half years at Norwich Crown Court in December.

But three judges at the Court of Appeal in London ruled on Wednesday that the term imposed on Lidstone, from Heslerton Way, Barrington, should be increased by five and a half years.

Lady Justice Macur, announcing the decision, said: "This offender's status in society as a serving police officer was a position which he abused.''

He had committed "what can only be described as the most horrendous sexual offending''.

Last November Lidstone admitted a series of rapes and child sex attacks relating to one victim.

The victim had suffered years of abuse, culminating in being raped as an adult.

Lidstone, who was dismissed from his role at the force's headquarters after 30 years of service, was placed on the sex offenders' register for life by the Crown Court judge.

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