March 2017

Pervert posed as girl

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An already convicted paedophile flouted the Sex Offenders’ Register when he advertised for clogs in Tesco, using a girl’s name, a court heard.

Anthony Kirkbright (50) a convicted paedophile, was caught after police checking on him found a lot of blank advertising cards in his room at Highfield House, a probation hostel in Accrington.

They went to the local branch of the supermarket and found an ad which read: “WANTED CLOGS. THEM WITH NO BACKS IN. KIM” and had his phone number on it, Burnley magistrates were told.

Kirkbright, who is from Nelson and has also lived in Burnley, had only been released from prison in February and had been reminded by police of the register requirements just days before.

He had been locked up for 17 months in November 2015 for molesting a woman with learning difficulties and groping a second victim in the street.

Kirkbright had been placed on the register for 10 years. In 2001, he was convicted of sexual intercourse with a girl under 16.

Five years later, the defendant was banned from every camping site and caravan park in the country, after, a court was then told, he had tried to lure a 10-year-old girl to a site in Lancaster, offering her sweets and threatening her with violence.

It was the second Sexual Offences Prevention Order he had been given.

At the latest hearing, Kirkbright, who has almost 30 offences on his record, admitted failing to comply with the requirements of the register.

Mrs Alex Mann (prosecuting) said the defendant was released on February 15th and had already breached the register by March 3rd, by using a fake Facebook profile. He was then jailed for four weeks.

She said he was freed on March 16th and police found the blank advertising cards when they went to carry out a check on March 22nd.

Kirkbright, who is said to have mental health issues, has been described as “rather pathetic” by his solicitor in the past.

The defendant received six weeks in prison, suspended for a year and must pay a £115 victim surcharge.

The bench chairman told him: “It’s already been said this is quite a challenging and difficult sentence for us to consider. Your significant record has been taken into account.”

March 2008

A CHILD sex pervert has been rapped after failing to keep police informed of his whereabouts for a second time.

Convicted paedophile Anthony Kirkbright, 41, from Nelson, is barred from every camp site and caravan park in the country, under the terms of a sexual offences prevention order, issued three years ago.

But twice now he has failed to notify police of his current address – and he was hauled before Burnley magistrates by East Lancashire police’s public protection unit.

Jobless Kirkbright, of Extwistle Street, who also uses the name Anthony Stock, admitted failing to comply with his sex offenders’ order.

Magistrates conditionally discharged him for six months and also ordered him to pay £60 costs.

The court heard that he is supposed to register his address annually with police but failed to comply this year.

When he was questioned by police he claimed he normally received a reminder and had forgotten.

Magistrates told him his conduct had been negligent and that he had made an error.

In January 2001 he had been convicted of sexual intercourse with a girl under 16 and had been given his first sex offenders’ order.

He was given a second order which banned him from every caravan site in the country in June 2006.

The court was told, when that order was made, that he had tried to lure a 10-year-old girl to a caravan he was using in the Lancaster area, offering her sweets and threatening her with violence.

Kirkbright also has two convictions for detaining children without authority.

Neil Cronin, defending, said the order had worked for Kirkbright. The defendant, who lived with his partner, had been classed as having a mental impairment.