A LOCAL man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after admitting to sexually abusing five women and girls in South Yorkshire.

Matthew Wood, of Buckleigh Road in Wath, appeared at Manchester Crown Court yesterday (Thursday October 13), where he was given a 22 year sentence after pleading guilty to 15 offences against five victims in an earlier hearing.

Wood admitted seven counts of rape, four counts of sexual activity with a child, three counts of sexual assault and one count of common assault.

He also admitted possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

The charges relate to five women and girls from Doncaster and Rotherham who were aged between 15 and 24-years-old when the offences took place.

Wood will serve 14 years in custody with an extended eight years on licence, after he was deemed by the judge to be a dangerous sex offender.

Please remember that victims of sexual offences are granted anonymity for life under the Sexual Offences Act. If you identify a victim of a sexual offence, or publish information that could lead to the identification of a victim of a sexual offence, you could face prosecution.