A man who sexually assaulted eight girls between the age of 12 and 16 has been jailed.

Five of Albert Gago’s assaults took place on London buses as they were travelling through Enfield between January and June of this year.

The Metropolitan Police described 65-year-old Gago, of Bethune Road, Hackney, as a “prolific offender” and praised the bravery of the victims who came forward.

Police say he was identified through CCTV and Oyster card records – and when he was arrested at his home in Hackney, clothing was found that matched what officers saw on CCTV.

At Isleworth Crown Court on August 11, Gago pleaded guilty to eight counts of sexual assault.

At the same court on October 7, he was jailed for two years and three months, placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for 10 years, and given a sexual harm prevention order lasting 10 years.

Detective Constable James Eccleston said: "Gago was a prolific offender who targeted young girls as they used public transport. He is dangerous and I am pleased this offending has resulted in a custodial sentence.

"I would like to praise the bravery of the young victims, who reported the offences to police and supported us throughout the investigation as we took Gago to court.”