A MAN from the district has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Andrew Peel, 48, whose address was given in court as Pochard Close, Clayton Heights, was sentenced yesterday at Liverpool Crown Court after being found guilty of sexual assault following a six-day trial in May.

The incident happened at a hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Detective Constable Claire McDonald said: “Peel carried out an appalling and depraved sexual assault on a teenage girl and he will now face a significant time behind bars.

“He also prolonged the suffering of his victim by denying the offence and forcing her to relive her ordeal in a trial.

“I would like to commend her for showing such strength and resolve throughout what was an extremely traumatic time, and we hope that this sentence brings her some sense of justice as she continues to recover.

“Anyone that has been a victim of a sexual offence, is concerned for the safety of someone they know or suspects someone to be engaging in this criminal activity, should come forward and speak to us.

"To report a sexual offence call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."