September 2017

Sex offender claimed he had “forgotten” to sign on register

A convicted sex offender from Colne, who didn’t “sign on” to confirm his address at the police station, had forgotten about it, a court heard.

WIlliam Birchall (61) who is on the sex offenders’ register for life, claimed he “simply forgot” to carry out his annual registration with officers Birchall, of Allendale Street, admitted failing to comply with the notification requirements of the register, at Colne, between Friday and Tuesday, August 4th to August 15.

He was fined £253 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. Miss Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, told Burnley magistrates Birchall had to register at the police station every year.

He did so on August 4th last year, but 12 months later, he failed to sign the register.

Police officers went to his house on Tuesday, August 15th, and he was arrested for breaching the order.