October 2020

Police found convicted sex offender had 16-year-old passenger in his van on M6

Convicted sex offender Duncan Shough has been jailed after giving a lift to a 16-year-old lad who was working for him.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that police stopped the plant trader’s van on the M6 between junctions 14 and 15.

A police national computer check revealed he was subject to a sexual harm prevention order imposed in 2017 for an indefinite period.

The conditions of the order meant he was banned from having contact with anyone under 18 and employing someone who was underage.

Prosecutor David Jackson said the officers confirmed the passenger in his van was 16 years old. 

The court was told that Shough had several convictions for sex offences, including gross indecency and sexual assault of a male under 16.

He had a business selling plants and would also do ‘large-scale’ work in people’s gardens.

On August 17 – the day he was stopped by police – he was returning from a trip to Bristol where he had bought plants.

Shough, of Walford Road, Oswestry, pleaded guilty to breaching the order.

Jailing him for 14 months, Judge Paul Glenn said the inference drawn was that the defendant had ‘chosen’ not to verify the boy’s age.

He added: “The probation report refers to an entrenched pattern of sexually offending behaviour against young males. You are assessed as representing a high risk to children. I find it a deliberate breach.”