March 2015

Notorious paedophile once banned from an entire town has died in prison

A NOTORIOUS paedophile and sex menace who was once banned from an entire North-East town has died in prison.

John Wayne Locke, who was 70, was banned from Hartlepool because of his behaviour.

Locke was convicted and jailed in 2004 for indecently assaulting a 14-year-old boy. After his release in 2007 he was banned from entering Hartlepool for two years due to the danger he posed children after he did not tell authorities he had moved.

Further concerns about his behaviour led to him being given a Sopo in 2010 which he breached at least ten times.

Breaches included:

*Chatting to children aged between ten and 13 in Thornton Street, Hartlepool and trying to lure them into his then home in 2011.

The coroner was informed that Locke’s brother had refused to be acknowledged as his next of kin and had disowned him. A nephew was eventually found in New York who agreed to receive information of his uncle’s death for administrative purposes.

The inquest, held at Teesside Magistrates’ Court, heard that Locke, who wore an eye patch over his right eye, had been released from jail on December 16 but was back by December 23 for once

Teesside Crown Court was told on several occasions that Locke would sometimes want to be locked up in the winter months and could not fit into society.

Acting Teesside coroner, Malcolm Donnelly heard Locke, whose last address was Marton Road, Middlesbrough, died of a heart attack in Holme House Prison, near Stockton on January 6 this year.

The coroner found Locke had died due to natural causes.