Les Merton

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Les Merton is a Cornish self-published writer and convicted child-abuser from Medlyn Moor, Cornwall, England, UK, subsequently living in Redruth before his 2015 conviction.[1] Educated at Halwin School, and employed in various ways in his life, he has written in a range of genres including humour and Cornish dialect.[2]

In 2002 he founded Poetry Cornwall / Bardhonyaeth Kernow,[3] of which he remains the editor. [4] His guide to the Cornish dialect entitled Oall Rite Me Ansum?: a salute to Cornish Dialect was published in 2003.[1][5]

In 2005 Merton accepted a police caution for entering his credit card details into a website hosting indecent images of children, but had claimed that this was a mistake which happened whilst carrying out research into the Russian mystic, Rasputin. [6]

In January 2015, Merton was found guilty and jailed for 13 years for child sex abuse which was carried out on girls as young as seven and over a period of over 20 years. [7]


  1. ^ a b "Cornwall Writers – Poetry inspired by the Cornish landscape". Genius Loci Creative Network. Archived from the original on 2011-02-04. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Profile of Les Merton". The Emporium Redruth. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Poetry Cornwall – Bardhonyeth Kernow". Poetry Cornwall – Bardhonyeth Kernow. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  4. ^ Kent, Alan (2006). "Bringin’ the Dunkey Down from the Carn:" Cornu-English in Context 1549–2005, a provisional analysis (PDF). Potsdam: Universitäts-Verlag Potsdam. p. 27. ISBN 3-939469-06-8. 
  5. ^ Merton, Les (2003). Oall Rite Me Ansum?: a salute to the Cornish Dialect. UK: Countryside Books. ISBN 1-85306-814-4. 
  6. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-30834579
  7. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-30857031