Below is the West Midlands Police statement released earlier today regarding the conviction of Allan Richards.

Former West Midlands Police officer convicted of child sex offences

A former West Midlands Police officer has been convicted of dozens of sex offences against children over a 38 year period, the majority of which were committed while he was a serving PC.

Following the conviction of Allan Richards, MP Liam Byrne said:

"Justice has been finally done for the victims of Allan Richards - but it should never have taken this long. I salute the incredible bravery of all those who came forward to make sure this man is now where he belongs - behind bars, I hope, for the rest of his life.