December 2017

Registered sex offender went to meet child for sex

A registered sex offender from Birmingham has been jailed for four years after travelling to Luton with the intention of meeting a child to sexually abuse them.

Andrew Burnside, 46, from Holly Road, Handsworth, pleaded guilty to arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and was sentenced at Luton Crown Court.

He was issued with a seven-year extended sentence comprised of four years in jail and an additional three years on extended licence.

He will also have to sign the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

Burnside, a registered sex offender following a conviction last year of making indecent images of children, for which he was given a three-year community order, communicated with people over the internet and made plans to travel to Luton with the intention of abusing a child and a baby.

Upon arrival in Luton, he was arrested and found in possession of children’s tights and a vibrating pen which had been adapted.