Cumbrian Child Sex Offender And Rapist Jailed For 22 Years

A Cumbrian man has been jailed for 22 years after admitting 27 child sex offences between 2006 and 2019.

Simon Blemkinship was sentenced to 22 years at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday, Thursday November 18, after pleading guilty to all the charges he faced. 

The 56-year-old from North Cumbria faced multiple charges of rape connected to two of the three victims in this case – the offences occurred between 2006 and 2019.

The overall charges in this case also include multiple charges of sexual assault by touching, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, assault by penetration, engaging in sexual communication with a child and making indecent child images.  

Judge Andrew Jeffries QC imposed an extended eight-year licence and Blenkinship must also sign the sex offenders’ register for life 

DC Jo Allison-Wright was the officer investigating this case and speaking after the sentencing, she said: “I can only imagine what a horrendous experience this was for the victims, to be subjected to such abhorrent crimes. I would like to recognise the courage they have all shown throughout this investigation.

“Cumbria Constabulary is committed to thoroughly and compassionately investigating all reports of rape and serious sexual offences, no matter how much time has passed.”

DC Allison-Wright also spoke about the support and help available for victims and encouraged anyone who has been a victim to contact the police. 

“Support is available in Cumbria for victims of sexual offences,” she continued, “The Constabulary works closely with trusted partner agencies to provide the appropriate support which is tailored to an individual’s circumstances.

“I would encourage anyone who has been victim to a sexual offence to contact police so that our officers can investigate.”

If you wish to report a crime, please visit http://www.cumbria.police.uk/report-it or call 101. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

If you have been affected by rape or sexual assault, you can contact The Bridgeway’s 24/7 support helpline on 0808 118 6432.