AN AYRSHIRE man has been caged for 10 years after he was found guilty of a number of domestic abuse offences including rape and indecent assault. 

Stephen Reed, has been convicted following a trial of 11 charges, including assault on children. 

The 54-year-old appeared at the High Court, Glasgow today where he was sentenced to 10 years imprisionment. 

Police Scotland have acknowledge the sentencing of Reed. 

Detective Inspector Iain Renfrew of the Domestic Abuse Task Force said: "Police Scotland is committed to working alongside other police forces and partner agencies in bringing domestic offenders to justice and supporting victims of domestic abuse.

"This conviction recognises the serious of Reed's crimes and the courage of his former partners and their children in giving evidence. It sends out a clear message that domestic abuse will not be tolerated and offenders will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

"Victims of domestic abuse should have confidence that the police will make to investigate their reports robustly and sensitively when they feel ready to come forward and will work to bring offenders to justice."