June 2010

Paedophile pensioner who started offending when he was 15 is locked up

A PAEDOPHILE pensioner who started offending when he was 15 has been jailed to prevent him harming more children.

A judge said Allan Huggard was still a danger to young people and that he had never seen a worse criminal record of its kind.

The 70-year-old has 24 sex offences to his name, dating back to 1955, including rape, indecent assault, gross indecency and possession of indecent images.

He was brought back before the courts after walking past Bulwell Bogs – despite being banned from going near playgrounds.

His previous addresses include Southchurch Court, Clifton, and Bentinck Court, Sneinton.

Jailing Huggard for three-and-a-half years, Judge Dudley Bennett told him: “You remain a real and serious risk to young children. You lurk at parks to pick up your young victims, where you hope you can groom them and sexually abuse them.”

Huggard had been living at a hostel in Basford when staff there became suspicious of his behaviour and informed police.

Detective Constable Andy Taylor, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Since Huggard arrived in Nottinghamshire in 2001, we, together with our partners, have been managing his licence conditions and robustly policed any breaches of his sexual offences prevention order.

“As a result, he has not been able to create a lifestyle for himself, which is built around communicating with other, like-minded offenders, nor going to areas where he can come into contact with children. This latest breach means he will again be locked away for many years.”

Despite requests from the Post, police refused to release a picture of Huggard. A spokesman said: “This man is serving a significant prison sentence and is one of a handful of people in Notts being managed at the highest level. Releasing his photograph may jeopardise the effectiveness of this agreement and is therefore not in the interests of the public.”