December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Two people are urging victims to contact police after a 62-year-old man was jailed for two years for indecently assaulting young girls.
The two people who know the man are urging others to come forward as they say they are not convinced the girls are the only victims of Alan Blunden.
Blunden, of High School Close, March, was last week jailed for indecently assaulting a 10-year-old girl in 1969 and a 12-year-old girl in 2000.
A woman and a man, who know Blunden well but asked for their identities to be protected, urged others to have the confidence to report their case to police.
Long-term unemployed Blunden, who calls himself an artist and a photographer, was born and brought up in March where he lived all his life apart from a five-year spell when he moved to Tarragona in Spain in the 1990s.
The woman, who knows the victim assaulted in 1969, said: “In recent years he befriended people with children on Facebook. He was manipulative.
“I don’t believe for one moment there were no other victims.
“I want to tell people to go to police, he is in jail now, they will be believed. Just because time has lapsed it doesn’t mean it can’t be reported.
“Please go to police, it’s all on his record, he has been caught, you can talk now.”
The man who knows the victim assaulted in 2000, said: “What he did totally destroyed her life. She has been to hell and back.
“She is scared of walking round town. She suffers from anxiety and depression.
“Giving evidence almost finished her off and for what is a joke of a sentence.
“He has ruined someone’s life and he will be out by August next year. It’s despicable.”
“No-one else should suffer at his hands when he comes out. I urge anyone else who has been affected to go to police.”
The woman said that Blunden looked “like a hippy”, always dressed in denim and had long hair usually tied in a pony tail.
He would introduce himself an artist as a way of getting people to talk to him.
“He wouldn’t have a lot to do with people, he was anti-social, a loner, unless it suited him to get to know people,” she said.
Blunden was found guilty of two charges of indecent assault on a female under the age of 14 during a trial at Cambridge Crown Court in August.
Last Wednesday, he was sentenced to two years in prison.
Leading the case for Cambridgeshire Police was Kate Gurry, based at Peterborough Police Station.