December 2020

Peterborough sex offender jailed for third time in 18 months

A registered sex offender from Peterborough has been jailed for the third time in 18 months.

Stuart Merry, 41, was arrested at the gates of HMP Littlehey on 9 October by officers from the northern Public Protection Unit (PPU), a team who monitor sex offenders upon their release into the community.

Convictions for indecent assault on a child and gross indecency with a child in 2010 resulted in Merry being jailed for five years and placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

In 2018, police applied to the courts who authorised a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) which came with a number of conditions, including not contacting any known registered sex offender without the permission of police.

In July last year (2019), Merry was recalled to prison after he was released on licence, but had not demonstrated ‘good behaviour’. He was released again six months later in December.

In April this year (2020), he was back in prison after being sentenced to 14 months for three breaches of his SHPO; using a library computer to access the internet, phoning another individual who is on the Sex Offenders Register and deleting call logs from his mobile phone.

Despite having been found guilty of breaching three conditions of his SHPO, Merry continued to breach one of the conditions whilst serving his sentence by continuing his contact with the same sex offender.

Prison phone records showed on seven separate occasions Merry dialled the home telephone number of his acquaintance between March and August this year.

Upon his release from prison on 9 October, Merry was arrested and charged the following day with two counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

DC Natalie Hebdon, from the northern PPU, said: “Merry is a high-risk offender who has been monitored extremely closely by the Public Protection Unit for a number of years.

“Since his first conviction in 2001 where he committed an act of gross indecency at an outdoor paddling pool, Merry has been in and out of prison for various breaches of conditions placed upon him.

“These conditions are in place to protect children from Merry who has clearly demonstrated he is a threat to our communities.”

Yesterday (Tuesday 22 December), he appeared at Peterborough Crown Court where he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

April 2020

Peterborough sex offender jailed for using city library computer to access internet

A registered sex offender from Peterborough has been jailed after using a library computer to access the internet.

Stuart Merry (40) was released from prison in December having been jailed for sex offences.

Since then he has been closely monitored by the Northern Public Protection Unit (PPU) which includes daily visits to his home, checking his phone and stringent checks on an electronic tag he wears.

Officers found that on March 7 Merry attended Peterborough Central Library and accessed the internet via a computer. This represented a breach of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

In addition, on the same day Merry phoned another individual who is on the Sex Offenders Register which was also against the terms of his SHPO.

Finally, on arrest his phone was checked and the call had been deleted from the log which was another breach.

Merry, of London Road, pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching his SHPO at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday and was sentenced to 14 months in prison.