A man from West Wales was handed a sentence of life imprisonment, after he was found guilty of a string of sexual offences.

He will serve a minimum of 12 years in prison and will be forced to register as a sex offender for life.

The man was handed the sentence at Swansea Crown Court on April 27.

Dyfed-Powys Police welcomes this result following what has been a particularly difficult and sensitive investigation into the sexual abuse over a prolonged period for young victims.

His victims were naturally traumatised by the abuse they suffered at a young age.

Detective Inspector Phil Rowe said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed down today and that the offender is no longer able to cause harm to the young victims or anyone else.

"This was a protracted and challenging investigation with the main priority being the protection of the vulnerable victims.

“The crimes committed were abhorrent and I must commend the police officers and staff who worked tirelessly to bring them to justice.

“We would obviously wish for such offences never to occur in our communities and we work closely with colleagues in partner agencies to safeguard vulnerable people, but very sadly abuse still does happen.

“I hope there can be some reassurance felt within our communities that when such crimes are committed, we have dedicated, specially trained officers here prepared to work hard to ensure outcomes like today’s sentencing.

“I hope anyone else who has experienced similar abuse at any stage of their life can find courage from this case to see that all reports will be taken seriously by Dyfed-Powys Police and fully investigated.”

Regardless of whether you choose to report the crime or not, Goleudy Victim and Witness Service can provide you with further support and assistance.

To receive support, call 0300 1232996 or email goleudy@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk.