May 2021

“Dangerous” paedophile tried to con headteacher into allowing him to film schoolgirls

An ex-BBC producer condemned as a “dangerous” paedophile tried to con a private school’s headteacher into allowing him to film schoolgirls at a Christmas concert.

Serial sex offender Peter Croasdale attempted to “hoodwink” Monmouth’s Haberdashers’ to allow him to record a carol service.

The 58-year-old gave the school a bogus name and tried to charge the then head Jennifer Phillips £450 to film a performance.

Croasdale was jailed for more than four years in 2009 for sexually abusing a young girl, taking an indecent photograph of a child, voyeurism and possessing indecent photographs of children.

When police arrested the ex-Radio 4 producer for his recent crimes in Monmouthshire, they caught him with disturbing child abuse images on his computer.

Prosecutor Claire Pickthall told Cardiff Crown Court how Croasdale had been negotiating a business deal with the school after posing as a ‘Peter Alan’.

She said: “They were hoodwinked by this man who is intelligent. He deliberately hid his identity.”

But his deception was soon uncovered and the police were called.

He pleaded guilty to fraud, possessing indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography involving bestiality.

They included category A indecent images of a child, which portray child rape or torture

Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke told Croasdale: “You simply don’t want to face up to the risks you pose to children.”

She classed him as a dangerous offender and sentenced him to an extended sentence of four years.

Croasdale, now of Woodgate Street, Bolton, will have to serve two years in jail and an extended licence period of two years following his release.

March 2021

Ex-BBC paedophile’s ‘double life’ with Monmouth teacher

A convicted paedophile started a secret life when he left his home in the North of England to live with a teacher in Gwent.

Former BBC producer Peter Croasdale moved from Bolton after he began a relationship with Lesley Bagshaw in Monmouth, prosecutor Nigel Fryer said.

She has since been suspended from her job, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

Croasdale, 58, was jailed at Leeds Crown Court in 2009 after he pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.

He had also admitted taking an indecent photograph of a child, two counts of voyeurism and five of possessing indecent photographs of children.

As a result of his conviction, Croasdale must register as a sex offender and be the subject of a sexual offences prevention order for life

Mr Fryer said he was in breach of both and started living with Ms Bagshaw last year although he had first began staying with her in 2017.

He told the court: “It was a calculated and deliberate breach. He was living a double life unknown to the police.

“On January 15 this year, officers went to an address in Monmouth where they found the defendant living under the alias of Peter Alan.

“Lesley Bagshaw’s home was searched. She had known the defendant since sixth form.”

Mr Fryer said there was no evidence Croasdale had committed any further offending.

The court was told the defendant had told Ms Bagshaw he was a convicted paedophile.

Croasdale, of Woodgate Street, Bolton, pleaded guilty to being in breach of both orders.

Tom Roberts, mitigating, said his client and Ms Bagshaw had been in a “positive and supportive relationship”.

Croasdale had spent the past two months remanded in custody following his arrest.

The judge, Recorder Simon Mills, jailed the defendant for 18 months, suspended for two years.

He must complete a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and was made the subject of a three-month curfew

September 2009

Pervert’s jail sentence is cut

A BBC producer who indecently assaulted an eight-year-old girl as well as storing hundreds of graphic indecent images of children on his computer, had his jail term cut by two years.

Peter Croasdale, aged 46, of Annis Road, Bolton, has a “high IQ” and enjoyed a successful career as a BBC science producer. But his perverted fantasies saw him jailed for six-and-a-half years at Leeds Crown Court last December.

He pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting a child, one of taking indecent photographs of a child, two of voyeurism and five of possessing indecent photographs of children. Eleven of the images found were of the most serious kind.

Croasdale’s crimes were discovered when his wife found an indecent image on his mobile phone, taken after he had assaulted the young girl in April, 2007. His wife also discovered two CDs with indecent images.

Police were called and his computer equipment was seized.

Croasdale took immediate steps to seek counselling for his problems.

Lord Justice Dyson, sitting with Mr Justice Davis and Mr Justice Lloyd-Jones, at London’s Appeal Court, said Croasdale had not offended any further while on bail awaiting sentence and had owned up to his crimes at an early stage.

The judge cut Croasdale’s sentence to four-and-a-half years.