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Couple jailed after husband abused Blackpool runaway

Michael and Nicola Kinnear
The Kinnears were banned from working with children indefinitely

A couple from Blackpool who took in a 13-year-old runaway detaining her against her will before the husband sexually abused her, have been jailed.

The girl disappeared in April 2009 and was found after six days at the home of Michael and Nicola Kinnear.

At Preston Crown Court they admitted detaining a child to keep her from lawful control.

The husband also admitted sexual activity with the girl who was rescued after a friend raised the alarm.

Lancashire Police said the Kinnears failed to tell the authorities the teenager was at their home.

'Very wary'

Nicola Kinnear was sentenced to 16 months and her husband to 33 months in prison.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for seven years and given a ten-year Sex Offenders Prevention Order (SOPO).

Both have been disqualified from working with children indefinitely.

The sentence followed an investigation by Blackpool Police's and Blackpool Council's Awaken Team, a project to tackle the exploitation of vulnerable children.

Det Con Andy Rigby from the Awaken Team said: "These two individuals appeared to be offering to look after this girl on the face of it but, in cases such as this, it can often be for the wrong reasons - I would urge other young people to look at this as a warning to be very wary of who they trust."

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