A BARNSLEY man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after being found guilty of sex attacks on three children aged between two and eight years old.

Andrew Welsh, 30, of Poplar Terrace, Royston, was found guilty a string of sex attacks - including rape - committed between 2003 and 2009.

Detective Constable Jo Chambers, the officer in charge of the investigation for South Yorkshire Police said: "Welsh was convicted of eight counts of rape and sexual assaults of three girls, aged between two and eight years old at the time of the offences.

"Welsh pleaded not guilty to all the offences and the case went to trial, resulting in the victims having to go through the difficult and harrowing ordeal of giving evidence in court.

"When victims go through this process, it is a traumatic experience and I would like to praise them for their bravery.

"They have shown immense courage and strength and I hope that knowing Welsh is behind bars will go some way towards helping them move forward."