November 2018

Scarborough paedophile handed suspended sentence after breaching court order


A Scarborough paedophile has been spared prison after breaching notification requirements following his conviction for child-sex offences.

Roy Dove, 53, had been made subject to a sexual-harm prevention order and police notification requirements following his conviction for sexual activity with a child and downloading indecent images of children in 2014.

But he repeatedly breached the order by using pseudonyms on email addresses and changing the user name on his Facebook account from Roy Dove to ‘Roy of England’, in contravention of the notification rules, York Crown Court heard.

Dove, of Victoria Road, Scarborough, appeared in court on Wednesday when he admitted four breaches of the order in May 2017, when a police officer seized three of his mobile phones for analysis.

As well as the suspect email names, officers found that Dove had changed the name on his Facebook account to ”Roy of England” or “Roy from England”, said prosecutor Lydia Carroll.

She said Dove had breached the order on previous occasions following his 2014 conviction and another in 2015 for possessing and making indecent photos of children.

Dove, who is unemployed, was in breach again as recently as April this year when he was found in possession of digital storage and recording equipment which were proscribed under the terms of his order. For that offence, he was sentenced to a nominal eight-week prison term in August.

Defence counsel for Dove appealed for a conditional discharge rather than a custodial sentence as his client had already spent 16 weeks on remand following his latest breach.

But judge Andrew Stubbs QC imposed a four-week suspended prison sentence to mark the four breaches because of the amount of time Dove had already spent on custodial remand, which meant it would be “unjust to send you to prison now”.

The period of suspension will last for 12 months.

August 2018: Roy Dove pleaded guilty to one count of breaching his SHPO – a condensed charge made up of the three initial accusations Dove faced at Teesside Magistrates’ Court in April.

Dove, 52, now of Normanby, near Middlesbrough was given a custodial sentence by Judge Howard Crowson which taking into account the time he has already spent in custody, effectively secured his immediate release from prison.

June 2017: Dove has been released and is now living back in Scarborough and near to the Wheatcroft Community Primary School

October 2015

Seized computer had thousands of indecent images of children

A man who travelled to the Philippines to have sex with a 14-year-old girl and then brought back thousands of indecent images and videos of children on his computer has been handed a 40 month prison sentence.

Roy Dove, 50, from Scarborough was arrested by National Crime Agency officers at Manchester Airport in July 2014 after flying back in to the UK.

He was initially wanted by North Yorkshire Police in relation to a number of images that had been found on his work computer, but Dove admitted a laptop he was carrying also contained images and so he was additionally arrested for importation offences.

During later interviews he admitting having intercourse with the girl while he was in south east Asia.

The seized laptop was analysed and found to contain around two thousand indecent images of children and around three hundred indecent videos

Dove pleaded guilty engaging in sexual activity with a child and possessing indecent images of children 

At Manchester Crown Court on Thursday 15 October he was sentenced to 40 months in jail.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for life and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.