Bruce Davison Image supplied by Bedfordshire Police

Lidlington man handed a 15-month prison sentence at Luton Crown Court

A man, who is currently in prison for indecently assaulting a young boy in the 1970s, has had his jail time extended for assaulting a second victim almost 20 years later, which came to light following an episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody.

Bruce Davison, 80, from Lidlington, was handed a 15-month prison sentence at Luton Crown Court on 8th August 2019 after being found guilty of indecently assaulting a teenage boy in the mid-1990s when the victim was just 13-years-old and working for him.

Davison is already serving six years behind bars after being sentenced in October 2016 for indecent assault towards a young boy over a number of years in the 1970s.

This case was followed by the production team who make 24 Hours in Police Custody and it was featured in the fifth series, which was broadcast in June 2017.

The second victim, who is now in his 30s, came across Davison after walking into his father’s house whilst he was watching 24 Hours in Police Custody.

The father had recognised Davison and the victim subsequently disclosed that he had also been abused by Davison too. His father encouraged him to contact the police and report it.

In his statement, the victim described how Davison robbed him of an innocent childhood. He said:

“I should have been able to learn about sex and relationships at my own pace in a natural way, not instigated by him, who I now see as a predator.

“Imagine the sheer horror I felt when I went home to my dad’s house and Davison’s image was on the TV. My heart hit the floor and my blood ran cold.

“It took so much for me to come forward.”

Detective Constable Sharon Ellis, from the Child and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Team, investigated both cases. She said:

“This is a great result and I’m pleased that Davison will have to serve a further 15 months at the end of his current sentence, as well as having to adhere to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order upon his release.

“This case is an excellent example of the power of TV and media. This episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody led to this second victim finding the courage to come forward and disclose the abuse he also went through at the hands of Davison. We have now been able to get justice for two victims and keep Davison locked up for longer.

“As both these cases show, it is never too late to come forward and tell police if you have been the victim of sexual abuse, no matter how long ago it was. You will be listened to, you will be supported, and we will endeavour to do all we can to seek justice for you.”

His Honour Judge Evans, said:

“Davison has had a lifelong impact on the victim. He was vulnerable to Davison’s targeted intentions and I’m in no doubt that Davison had a long-held sexual interest in young male children.”

Amber Ronowicz, from The Garden Productions, who make 24 Hours in Police Custody, said:

“This conviction is a brilliant example of tenacious detective work over many years. It is also a demonstration of the power of documentary to unflinchingly highlight important issues no matter how troubling they are.

“We are proud that our work means that other victims have summoned up the courage to tell their story and get justice. This case says everything about why we do the job we do.”

People can report concerns around child sexual abuse by calling police on 101.

The NSPCC website has help and advice about non-recent abuse, and the NAPAC website also offers support to adult survivors of child abuse.