March 2021

Sex offender jailed for lying about his past

A sex offender from Newton Abbot has been jailed for befriending two young mothers without telling them about his paedophile past.

Craig Beddows was banned from having contact with any children under 16 unless he revealed his convictions to their parents but broke the order repeatedly over more than a year.

He visited the homes of two young mothers who had a total of four children, all boys. He gave some of them presents and encouraged them to call him Uncle Craig.

His previous offences, in 2003, 2014 and 2016, had been against girls.

The mothers, who met him in pubs in Newton Abbot, were horrified when they were tracked down by his police offender manager and told the truth.

Beddows, aged 55, of Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, admitted four breaches of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) and was jailed for 20 months by Recorder Mr Timothy Kenefick at Exeter Crown Court.

He told him: ‘The mothers were understandably upset and felt you had been betrayed their trust.

‘You have previous convictions for both sexual offences and breaches of court orders.’

Mr Ian Graham, prosecuting, said Beddows met a mother with three sons in November 2018 and visited her home regularly for a year.

He became friendly with her three boys but was never left alone with them, although he offered to look after them when she went shopping.

He gave them Christmas presents and encouraged them to call him uncle.

He went on to make friend with one of her friends, who also had a son, and visited her home in December 2019 and January 2020.

July 2014

Craig Beddows (48), of Knightstone Road, Weston. Two counts of breaching conditions of sexual offenders register:

Sent to prison for 14 days.

Breach of suspended sentence: Sent to prison for 24 weeks (concurrent).