A FORMER professional footballer poses a serious risk to children and has been placed on an indefinite Sex Offences Prevention Order by a judge.
Alan Burrows, who played for Blackpool FC, must have no contact with children under the age of 16 in the future.
An application that 70-year-old Burrows’ age and address be kept secret made by Lancashire Police and his defence lawyer was successfully contested by the press in a hearing before District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court.
The judge heard Burrows, who lives on Highfield Road, South Shore, Blackpool, was now “persona non grata” at Blackpool FC following publicity about his case.
The judge was handed evidence compiled by the police which said that since proceedings started he was found in possession of numerous photographs of a young girl in his flat.
Burrows is said to have groomed the girl by giving her presents.
He is further believed to be in regular contact with a young boy.
The application for the full SOPO was made after the sexual abuse of children for which Burrows was sent to jail.
On his release from prison he started to groom a family making indecent suggestions to a girl and was recalled to prison on licence.
Police regard Burrows as a skilled groomer and children need to be protected from him.
Burrows agreed in court to the full SOPO.