A 64-year-old man has been thrown in jail for indecently assaulting four young boys in the 1980s. 

Brett Pritchett, of Seaview, Portishead in Somerset, attacked four boys - agead between eight and 13 - between 1979 and 1987 in Holtspur and Beaconsfield. 

He has now been jailed for seven and a half years and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for life. 

He was found guilty of eight counts of indecent assault by unanimous jury at Amersham Crown Court on Wednesday and was sentenced on Friday following a two week trial. 

He was charged on June 17. 

Investigating officer Detective Constable Collette Parker, of the Thames Valley Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit, based in Aylesbury, said: "I would like to thank the victims for their courage, bravery and determination throughout the investigation, through to the trial.

"It has been an extremely traumatic time for them and I hope that the unanimous guilty verdicts and the sentence given, brings them some closure.

"I would also like to thank prosecuting counsel Anthony Heaton-Armstrong for his work in securing this conviction.

"This sentence reflects the hard work that is carried out by the Child Abuse Investigation Unit in bringing these offenders to justice and I would encourage anybody who has been a victim of childhood sexual abuse to report it to the police.

"We will listen, there is support and help available and wherever possible, we will prosecute."