These are the faces of 13 criminals locked up for crimes linked to Merseyside this past week.

One judge had to deal with an internet creep who pretended to be a schoolgirl's alleged rapist.

A court heard about a man who performed a sex act in an A&E department and a teenager caught with a hunting knife down his tracksuit bottoms on a Merseyrail train.

Judges had to sentence a gun crook who went on the run from police and a bride-to-be who sold crack cocaine to pay for her honeymoon.

And one heard how another gun thug tried to rape a woman in an alleyway.

Here is an overview of some of the most serious cases to have concluded this past week.   

Kenneth Cunliffe

Kenneth Cunliffe, 39, of Hawthorne Road, Bootle

Kenneth Cunliffe sent videos of himself performing a sex act to a 12-year-old girl via Snapchat.

The 39-year-old believed he was talking to a 15-year-old child, but she was actually even younger.

Cunliffe, of Hawthorne Road, Bootle, bombarded his victim with indecent images and asked for naked pictures in return.

But he later tried to claim he wasn't "aroused" by the sick conversations - despite earlier confessing to police that he was.

Cunliffe targeted his victim from July to November 2018, who eventually took a screengrab of his face and told her mum.

Her mum posted the picture on Facebook, leading to his arrest, and he admitted one count of engaging in sexual communication with a child and five counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Cunliffe, of previous good character, was jailed for 18 months.

He was told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and to comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

Lee Bevin

Lee Bevin, 30, left his victim needing an operation on his jaw after beating him and another man as they lay on the floor. He received a sentence of one year and eight months.

Lee Bevin's attack on a "vulnerable" victim left the man needing a metal plate in his jaw.

The 30-year-old, of no fixed address, attacked Declan Carty and Bradley Stockton in the car park of The Jolly Falstaff pub in Warrington.

Mr Stockton was left scarred following an operation on his jaw, in which he had to have a metal plate inserted and have teeth removed.

Bevin punched Mr Stockton and kicked him to the head as he lay on the ground, and kicked Mr Carty as he too lay defenceless.

He admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm and assault causing actual bodily harm during the attack on February 5 this year.

Bevin was said to have a "bad criminal record" which includes robbery, violent offences, public disorder and alcohol-related crimes.

He was jailed for one year and eight months.

Ryan Campbell

Ryan Campbell, 21, of Smith Place, Kirkdale

Ryan Campbell pretended to be a girl's alleged rapist messaging her from a jail cell and warned: "I'll be coming for you."

The computer hacker infiltrated the social media accounts of three teenagers, including an ex-girlfriend whose life he made a misery.

The 21-year-old first targeted a girl aged 12 or 13, after she refused to send him naked pictures of herself during Snapchat conversations.

Campbell, then 17, took over her Facebook and Hotmail accounts and used the latter as part of his torment of another victim - an ex-partner.

That girl, who was aged 16 when she first started dating Campbell, then 17, said he threatened to put private pictures of her on the dark web.

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When she left him, Campbell - by now 18 - sent texts telling her to kill herself and pictures showing a razor blade next to his wrist, then self-harm images, via the first girl's hacked email account.  

His crimes plunged new depths when he hacked a girl's Facebook - then used the account to impersonate a man accused of raping her.

Pretending to be the man, who at the time was being held on remand in custody, Campbell warned: "Ya little grass - watch when I'm out."

This victim - aged just 15 - was so scared and depressed that she repeatedly attempted suicide. Her alleged rapist was later acquitted.

Campbell, of Smith Place, Kirkdale, admitted three counts of unauthorised access to computer material, one count of controlling or coercive behaviour and one count of witness intimidation. He was jailed for 20 months.

Matthew Little

Matthew Little, 30, of Melville Close, Warrington, masturbated in front of hospital staff and patients and spat at hospital workers amid the coroanvirus lockdown.

Matthew Little performed a sex act on himself in front of hospital nurses and patients in an A&E department.

The 33-year-old punched a doctor and a security guard and spat at hospital workers during the incident.

He "drank far too much" while he was at a friend's house and had to be taken to Warrington Hospital by ambulance on May 31 this year.

When a female doctor came to attend him he punched her, leaving her with pain and bruising, then two security guards were called.

Little, of Melville Close, Warrington, started swearing and spitting and attempted to bite a security guard on the hand.

He then punched one of the guards on the arm and said "I'm going to w***", before masturbating in front of staff and patients.

Little admitted three counts of assaulting an emergency worker and one count of outraging public decency.

He was jailed for six months.

David Woods

David Woods, 42, of Little Moss Hey, Stockbridge Village

David Woods was caught out by police after a wrap of cocaine was left under a car seat.

The dopey 42-year-old drug dealer attempted to hide over 30 wraps of Class A drugs on January 23 this year.

He was a passenger when officers stopped a car in Tuebrook and spied a single wrap of cocaine under the driver's seat.

This prompted officers to arrest Woods, of Little Moss Hey, Stockbridge Village.

Police found 26 wraps of crack cocaine with a street value of £260 and six wraps of heroin with a street value of £60.

Woods admitted possession of both crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.

He had four convictions in the last 18 months, including offences of drug driving.

Woods was jailed for two and a half years.

Shaun Ventre

Shaun Ventre, 21, of no fixed abode, Liverpool, was sentenced to four years

Shaun Ventre claimed he lived "on the generosity of others" when questioned about designer clothing and a wad of cash.

The 21-year-old, of no fixed address but from Liverpool, later admitted being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

Prosecutors said Ventre was a well-established "county lines" dealer who travelled from Liverpool to Macclesfield on a regular basis to distribute illegal drugs to his network of dealers.

He was seen by officers leaving the home of a vulnerable man in Macclesfield with a woman on January 10 this year.

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The pair drove off in a Mercedes, which was stopped by officers, as Ventre threw a wad of cash into the back of the car.

It was more than £700 and another £480 was also found by Ventre's car seat,along with designer clothing worth more than £700.

He also had a mobile phone and the woman driver was carrying more than 100 wraps of heroin, two wraps of crack cocaine and a small amount of cocaine.

Ventre was jailed for four years.

Liam Ellis

Liam Ellis, then 18, of Manica Crescent, Fazakerley

Liam Ellis was caught with a hunting knife down his tracksuit bottoms on a train then told police: "I'm a wanted man."

An off duty special constable spotted Ellis, then 18, with the "terrifying" 10.5 inch blade on the platform at Aintree station.

The officer followed Ellis when he boarded a Merseyrail service from Ormskirk to Liverpool, at 4.25pm on May 14 this year.

He sent a text to British Transport Police (BTP), who stopped the train at Kirkdale station, so officers could detain the teenager.

Ellis, now 19, of Manica Crescent, Fazakerley, initially tried to escape, then attempted to hide the weapon in a sling on his right arm.

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During a struggle one of the officers tried to seize the weapon and suffered a cut to his hand, which required hospital treatment.

Ellis admitted possessing an offensive weapon in public.

He has a previous conviction for the same offence in November 2018, for which he received a six-month youth referral order.

Ellis was last convicted in February this year, when he was fined for possessing heroin and cocaine.

He was locked up for eight months.

Terrie Renwick

Terrie Renwick, 28, of Vulcan Close, Warrington

Terrie Renwick claimed she sold heroin and crack cocaine to pay for her honeymoon.

The 28-year-old was due to get married this month, but was found by police with her arm down the toilet after flushing the drugs - the day her sentence for a previous Class A drug conviction ended.

Officers raided her home at Vulcan Close, Warrington, at 9.40am on July 16 this year and seized £2,410 of drugs.

A quick-thinking police officer, formerly a plumber, retrieved a total of 220 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine from an external pipe.

After searching her home they also found a taser kept in a kitchen cupboard, £125 in her purse and two mobile phones.

She admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of a taser.

Renwick has four previous convictions for nine offences and in 2017 was handed a three-year prison sentence for supplying heroin and cocaine.

Sarah Griffin, defending, said: "This is an extremely sad situation.

"She was simply trying to raise funds for her honeymoon and resorted back to drug dealing in an easy way, in her mind, to raise such funds."

Renwick was jailed for four years.

Joshua Harrison 

Joshua Harrison, 25, of no fixed address, admitted being unlawfully at large after recall

Joshua Harrison was caught hiding in his nan's loft after nearly a year of stringing the police along.

He was locked up for six years and eight months in June 2015 for possessing a handgun and ammunition.

Police found the then 20-year-old's deadly stash in a raid on his nan's home in Radway Road, Huyton in February that year.

Harrison was released from HMP Hindley in Wigan on licence, after serving half of that 80-month sentence, on July 6, 2018.

But due to "poor behaviour", including being caught with cannabis and charged with alleged offences in Scotland, he was recalled to prison.

Harrison, now of no fixed address, was acquitted of the offences north of the border, but recalled to jail on September 17 last year.

That was the start of an 11-month manhunt, which included Harrison appearing as an ECHO Festive Fugitive and on BBC Crimewatch.

Police turned up at Harrison's nan's house in Radway Road again, at around 7.25am, on August 20, and found the now 25-year-old.

Harrison, who has 19 previous convictions for 39 offences, pleaded guilty to being unlawfully at large after recall.

He was jailed for 12 months.

Anthony Bloor

Anthony Bloor, 30, of Brentwood Close, St Helens was jailed for 15 years
Anthony Bloor, 30, of Brentwood Close, St Helens was jailed for 15 years

Anthony Bloor groomed a young girl into performing sexual acts on him in exchange for gifts and money.

The 30-year-old gave the child sweets and cash in exchange for keeping quiet about his sexual abuse in Southport.

He gained the victim’s trust and convinced her to touch his penis before escalating the abuse over a perverted two-year campaign

Bloor convinced her to wear a school skirt and then little clothing or no underwear so that he could touch her more easily.

On two occasions, he showed her pornography to convince her that the behaviour was normal and to give her tips on what to do.

Bloor,  now of Brentwood Close, St Helens, sent coded messages to the girl asking for help or a favour when he wanted to abuse her.

He convinced her to delete messages they exchanged but was eventually caught out when texts were found on his phone.

Bloor was found guilty after a seven-day trial of a series of sexual offences.

He was jailed for 15 years and told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Connor Johnson

Connor Johnson, 25, of no fixed address, was found guilty of attempted rape and sexual assault

Connor Johnson followed a young woman on a bike saying he was "horny" then tried to rape her.

The thug was locked up in June 2014 for handling a sawn-off shotgun discovered by police in Croxteth.

The 19-year-old, formerly of Mafeking Close, Wavertree, received 32 months in a young offenders institution.

Now 25, he went on trial charged with a terrifying attempted rape and sexual assault.

He followed a woman after spotting her in a Kensington takeaway one night three years ago, before pouncing on her in an alleyway.

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Johnson - who told the woman he was "horny" and repeatedly invited her to touch him - dragged the woman to the ground.

He tried to rape her then seriously sexually assaulted her, only stopping when curtains moved in the windows of a nearby home.

Johnson insisted he didn't attack the victim and claimed that she was making up the allegations against him.

But jurors unanimously found him guilty of both charges, after less than two hours of deliberation.

He previously admitted a charge of witness intimidation in respect of a different case, in which he phoned and threatened a woman more than 300 times.

Johnson was jailed for eight and a half years in total and told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Stuart Farrell

Stuart Farrell, 38, of no fixed address, admitted possessing cannabis and cannabis resin with intent to supply

Stuart Farrell tricked his cancer suffering dad into smuggling nearly £500 of cannabis into HMP Altcourse.

James Farrell, 72, thought he was bringing two packages of tobacco for his inmate son, 38-year-old Stuart Farrell.

Farrell jnr told his dad he was being bullied at the Fazakerley jail, which left Farrell snr and his wife "worried sick".

The OAP returned home from bingo to find two packages outside his property in Wellington Road, Ellesmere Port.

He then tried to sneak them into the Category B prison during a planned social visit on November 4 last year.

Prosecutors accepted Farrell snr didn't know he was in fact transporting 24.8g of cannabis, worth £372, and 12.45g of cannabis resin, worth £124.

Farrell jnr admitted possessing cannabis and cannabis resin with intent to supply, on the basis he knew he was receiving Class B drugs.

The court heard he has been sentenced in the last 18 months for harassment, breaches of a restraining order and assaults.

The inmate was being held on remand at the time over an allegation of assault causing actual bodily harm, for which he was convicted and jailed for nine months on November 18.

Farrell snr, who pleaded guilty to conveying a List 'A ' prohibited article into prison, has not committed any offences since 1980.

The pensioner, who is battling cancer and cares for his wife who has COPD, was handed nine months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

Farrell was locked up for 18 months.

Clement Martin

Clement Martin, 73, of no fixed address, admitted four counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault. He was jailed for 12 months.

Clement Martin who gropes men's testicles and squeezes people's buttocks was jailed for 12 months.

The pensioner was labelled a "dirty b*****d" by one of five victims, after targeting both men and women in Bootle.

The 73-year-old, of no fixed address, admitted four counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault.

The attacks came to the attention of police after Martin sexually assaulted one man, (Man A), by grabbing his buttocks.

He previously tried to sexually assault another victim, Man B, by attempting to touch his testicles.

Martin sexually assaulted a third man, Man B, by grabbing and fondling his testicles.

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On another occasion, he attacked a fourth man, Man D, when he moved his hand onto the victim's thigh and testicles.

Martin also grabbed the bottom of Woman A on a separate occasion.

He has 13 previous convictions for 14 offences, mostly in the 1960s and 1970s, which do not include any sexual offences.

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Martin was last convicted of battery in March, when he was jailed for eight weeks.

He was jailed for 12 months, but because he has been in custody since April, will be released in the near future.

Martin was told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.