A paedophile who sexually assaulted a number of young girls in the 1980s has been jailed after a 21 year wait for justice.

Photographer David Trainer, from Lambeth, was convicted of a number of counts of sexual assault on several young girls who he attacked at his flat or nearby swimming baths in Brixton.

The 56-year-old was jailed for eight years on Wednesday at the Inner London Crown Court.

Trainer, nicknamed ‘Bungie’, carried out a string of assaults on the girls when he was involved in photography and childrens television programmes.

He attacked his victims when he was babysitting them or taking them swimming. Young children from the Loughborough Estate in Brixton often visited his flat, some of them stayed overnight.

A judge ordered Trainer to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life and he was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

DC Kevin Snow from the Lambeth Child Abuse Investigation Command said: “Justice for the victims has been a long time coming. We recognise that the verdict can never restore the lost childhood suffered by the victims but it proves it is never too late to hold an offender accountable for his crimes, it is never too late for justice to be done.

“The victims demonstrated remarkable strength and courage in coming forward. This was an extremely difficult case and I commend the victims for their resolve and fortitude throughout the investigation and subsequent trial.

“It is hoped this verdict will send out a strong message to offenders that the Metropolitan Police Service will pursue allegations no matter how long ago the incidents occurred.”

Police believe there may be others who were victims of David Trainer. They are encouraged to call the Lambeth Child Abuse Investigation Team on 020 7232 6397 in order to speak to a specialist investigator.