Homeless offender travelled round town on buses

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A sex offender spent his time travelling on public transport around Blackpool because he was cold and had nowhere to live.

But 35-year-old Anthony Brown should still have kept in touch with police so they could monitor his movements in the community.

Brown had moved to Blackpool following his release from prison and for a time lived in bed and breakfast accommodation.

Blackpool Magistrates heard how he would buy supersaver day tickets to travel around the town during the day.

Brown admitted failing to comply with the terms of the Sex Offender’s Register which requires him to register his addresses and report to the police once a week.

He was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old-boy and possession of indecent material.

Brown, now of no fixed address, was sent to prison for 16 weeks by magistrates who heard he had committed the same offence before.