Child molester loses appeal over use of high-visibility jackets

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A bid to remove parts of Sexual Offenders Prevention imposed on a man who impersonates police officers in order to molest child victims has failed.

The application to vary the order on Clayton Taylor - formerly known as Miller McLeod - was heard by District Judge Pamela Baldwin.

Clayton, 21, of Tunbridge Street, Preston wanted to be able to possess high visibility jackets and radios.

However the judge - sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court - ruled that he must only have the items during the course of legitimate employment such as working on construction sites.

The SOPO was imposed after Taylor - who changed his name by deed poll - after he posed as a police officer in Blackpool and committed two assaults.

He wore a stab vest, a police utility belt and had handcuffs and a radio when he carried out the attacks.

He was given a six month suspended jail term and put on an indefinite SOPO. He has a conviction for failing to comply with the order.

Lancashire Police prosecutor Chris Keogh told the judge at the latest hearing that following dicussions between himself and Taylor’s legal team the police prepared to compromise over some of the wording of the order and agreed that instead of being of indefinite length it will give a five year term.

Taylor will be able to use radios in the course of work and as long as they do not look like police radios.

Mr Keogh said:”The radios were used by Taylor - then known as Miller McLeod - to enable him to commit offences.

“They allowed him to indulge in this sort of misbehaviour- impersonating a police officer.

“The clauses in the SOPO are designed to prevent him getting a job in the security industry as when he was arrested he was found in possession of an NSPCC identity card.”

Taylor must not have any unsupervised contact with children aged under 16.

The judge said: “There is a need for this order to remain to protect the public from sexual harm.”

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