September 2013

Ex-lap dance club manager jailed for seven years for trying to lure girls in County Durham into his car

Lewis Lamb - Tursdale

A FORMER lap dance club manager who “cruised round” trying to lure young girls into his car was today (Friday September 20) jailed for seven years.

Lewis John Lamb, the married father of a young child, was branded “a predator” and “a danger” to underage teenage girls.

He made determined efforts to entice girls aged 12 and 14 into his new Volkswagen Passat, at roadsides in Ferryhill and Chilton, County Durham, on June 30 and July 2 last year.

Durham Crown Court heard that Lamb was manager at Diamond’s, a ‘gentlemen’s club’ in Newcastle, at the time, when his wife was just weeks from giving birth to their first child.

Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, said in both cases he used the ruse of seeking directions to Ferryhill Station, inquiring if it was a separate village and if there was a railway station there.

One girl reluctantly got into the car and, during a short journey, Lamb put his hand on her upper leg and tried to kiss her, although she rebuffed his advances.

The balding 39-year-old told her he was Danny Lee White, a 24-year-old IT technician from Essex, giving her his phone number before she fled.

Mr Dodds said both incidents were reported to police and, when officers rang the number given to the girl in Ferryhill, he answered as ‘Danny’.

On learning the police were on the line and wanted to speak to him, he discarded the phone in a bin at a fast food restaurant in his native Essex.

But after returning to his home in Ramsay Street, Tursdale, near Durham, Lamb was arrested days later.

He denied the allegations and pleaded ‘not guilty’ to child abduction, attempted abduction and sexual assault.

Lamb, trainee manager for an amusement company by the time of his trial, in May, was found ‘guilty’ on unanimous jury verdicts on all three counts after a five-day hearing.

The court heard he was issued with a police “harassment notice” after trying to entice a 16-year-old girl into his car, before following her when she boarded a bus, in Gateshead in 2010.

Peter Clark, mitigating, presented character testimonials to the court, including one from Lamb’s twin, a serving police officer, who spoke of his brother’s “ability to charm” people.

Mr Clark added that Lamb still denies committing the offences.

Jailing him, Judge Christopher Prince branded Lamb “a predator” and “a liar”.

“You are a paradine example of why teachers and parents alert children and young people to ‘stranger danger’,” he said.

“The offences were carefully planned and effectively executed.”

Lamb must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register and was made subject of a sexual offences prevention order, forbidding unsupervised contact with females under 16, both for life.