A 'predatory' rapist who pretended to be a 'ghost' which had possessed his victim has been jailed.

Sick Craig Meredith, 50, manipulated vulnerable young children and adults with learning disabilities over a 32 year period, West Yorkshire Police said.

More recently, he raped a woman under the guise of a 'paranormal entity' which had possessed her.

Police said Meredith, of Middleton Road, Morley, said he'd committed a 'catalogue of crimes' against children vulnerable adults from 1987, when he was just 14.

He was found guilty of 38 offences including rape, sexual assault by penetration, sexual activity in the presence of a child and sexual touching at Leeds Crown Court.

He was jailed on Friday for 30 years with a three-year extended licence.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Inspector Vikki Daniel-Thomas said: “The level of harm that Meredith has caused to such a large number of victims over a very long period of time is truly appalling.

“He is clearly someone of a predatory nature who presents a very significant danger to children and vulnerable adults.

"We hope it will give the victims some reassurance to know he has finally had to answer for his actions and has received a significant term of imprisonment."