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Councillor molested young girls
Hargreaves (left) arriving at court
Hargreaves represents the ward of Bolton and Undercliffe
A councillor been sent to jail for five years after molesting two 11-year-old girls while he was a school governor.

Bob Hargreaves, 62, who was elected to Bradford Metropolitan District Council in 2004, was given five years in jail.

Bradford Crown Court convicted Hargreaves of eight charges of molesting two 11-year-old girls, including one of attempted rape.

Hargreaves, who represents Bolton and Undercliffe for the Liberal Democrats, will now lose his place on the council.

All the attacks took place in the 1990s, while he was a school governor.

Sex offenders' register

The 10-day trial heard how Hargreaves had given the girls money if they allowed him to touch them - and told one that she would not be believed if she tried to tell anyone.

The abuse only ended when Hargreaves tried to rape one of the youngsters.

He will now be on the sex offenders' register for life.

His lawyer said he would be appealing against the sentence.

The victims, who cannot be named, said they did not believe their abuser had received a tough enough punishment.


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