BANBURY: A Roman Catholic priest who served in Oxfordshire, has been convicted of sexually abusing eight boys.

Alexander Bede Walsh, a former priest at St John The Evangelist Church, in Banbury, was found guilty of 21 sex offences by jurors at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday.

The 58-year-old, who was found not guilty of six other sex offences, abused the boys, aged eight to 16, in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Walsh, of Abbots Bromley, Staffs, was remanded in custody to be sentenced on March 9.

None of the offences were committed in Oxfordshire.