A paedophile doctor has been sentenced to 22 years in jail after admitting to abusing 18 children under his care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, between 2009 and 2013.

Blood cancer specialist Myles Bradbury, 31, admitted to possessing more 16,000 images of children, as well as charges of voyeurism and sexual assault.

Delivering his verdict at Cambridge Crown Court, Judge Gareth Hawkesworth told Bradbury that he had caused psychological harm to his young victims in a “gross and grotesque breach of trust” and was at risk of continuing his behaviour in the future, according to the BBC.

The UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) was alerted to Bradbury in 2012 by Canadian authorities, which caught the doctor attempting to buy a DVD of indecent images of children. However, CEOP did not pass on the information to the police and prosecutors until November 2013.

Commenting on the case, Dr Keith McNeil, chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals, said:

“Our thoughts today are with our patients and families who were victims of Bradbury’s shocking and cynical abuse. Today’s sentencing of Bradbury cannot undo the damage he caused but he is finally behind bars and is no longer a risk to vulnerable children. The lengthy sentence shows Bradbury’s abhorrent betrayal and manipulation of his position as a doctor has been fully recognised.”

Addenbrooke’s Hospital has set up a helpline for anyone affected by Bradbury’s case on 0800 389 8625, and are said to be working closely with the NSPCC.

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