A 101-year-old man has pleaded guilty to carrying out three sex attacks on a schoolgirl in High Wycombe.

Douglas Hammersley, of Cotsford Avenue in New Malden, Surrey, pleaded guilty to all three counts of indecent assault at Amersham Law Courts today (July 12).

He was handed a two year suspended prison sentence.

During an earlier hearing the court was told Hammersley carried out the attacks on a schoolgirl who was under the age of 14 in the 1970s.

Final sentencing remarks are due to take place on September 4 at Aylesbury Crown Court.

In light of Hammersley's conviction, child protection charity, NSPCC, urged victims of non-recent abuse to come forward.

A spokesperson said: “There is no hiding place for perpetrators of child abuse. Hammersley has faced justice despite probably believing he got away with his depraved crimes against a young girl.

“It is never too late for survivors of child abuse to speak out and Hammersley’s victim showed tremendous courage in doing so. It’s vital she now receives the support she needs.

“Adults who are victims of non-recent abuse can contact the NSPCC’s helpline on 0808 800 5000. Children can contact Childline anytime on 0800 1111.”