November 2020

Carlisle man admits child sexual offences

A man charged with of a number of sexual offences has appeared at North and West Cumbria Magistrates Court today 

David Mawdsley, 45, of Bowling Street Hostel, Lowther Street, Carlisle appeared from police custody and pleaded guilty to six-offences, that between November 18 and 20 in Carlisle he caused/incited a girl 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity, there is two charges.

A further two-charges from the same dates are he attempted to engage in sexual communication with a child for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification

He also faces two-charges that on the same dates in Carlisle he breached an interim sexual harm prevention order made by Bolton Crown Court on March 21, 2018, he is alleged to have attempted to make contact with a girl aged under 16, when prohibited from doing so by the order.

Prosecutor George Shelley told the court Mawdsley was confronted by members of a vigilante group known as Confronted and Caught in the city centre, a member of the group made a citizens arrest on Lowther Street and he was subsequently arrested by police.

The court was told video footage of the incident was made by this paedophile group who put video footage of the incident on Facebook, video images made by them were handed to the police.

Magistrates said their sentencing powers were insufficient and Mawdsley was remanded in custody to appear on January 4, before a judge at Carlisle Crown Court for sentencing.