March 2021

Paedophile attempted to pay 14-year-old girl for sex

A pervert who groomed a 14-year-old girl online and attempted to pay her for sexual intercourse has been jailed.

Christopher Edwards was handed nine years behind bars last week after targeting a schoolgirl from Warrington.

The 37-year-old even booked a hotel room where he planned to meet the girl, having approached her via social media in November last year.

Over the course of more than a month, he ‘bombarded’ the youngster with sickening messages of a sexual nature.

But Edwards was reported to the police and was arrested when officers raided his home in Oldham in January.

A snap bag of cocaine was also seized from the property when the search warrant was executed.

The pervert was caged at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, March 12, having admitted attempting to meet a child following grooming, sexual communications with a child, failing to comply with a sexual harm prevention order and possession of cocaine during an earlier hearing.

Edwards was also handed an extended sentence of seven-and-a-half years on licence to begin upon his release from prison.