A rapist who dragged a schoolgirl off the street and sexually assaulted her has been jailed for eight years.
Christopher Croston, 31, was deemed so dangerous he will serve an extended four-year licence period when he is released.
He cried in the dock at Preston Crown Court as Judge Christopher Cornwall said the rape was a “vile offence” which had caused the 14-year-old “incalculable” harm.
The teenager had been walking home one evening in September last year because she didn’t have the money for her bus fare.
Croston approached and chatted to her in Ribbleton Avenue, Preston, before hauling her down a flight of steps near the RSPCA shelter and raping her.
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