A WHEELCHAIR-bound man has been cleared by a jury of raping a young girl and sexually abusing a boy.

Steven Copestick, who is recovering from a brain tumour, was accused of committing the sex offences against the two children in the 1980s.

Copestick, of Westcott Place, denied rape and indecent assault and four counts of indecent assault on a male and was acquitted on all counts at Swindon Crown Court.