‘Sadistic’ pervert handed work ban

Kenneth Trotter, 7
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POLICE say a banning order placed on a “sadistic” paedophile, who was the subject of a massive manhunt, is necessary to stop him contacting children.

Kenneth Trotter moved to Blackpool after being deported from Australia, where he had been jailed for sex offences against youngsters.

The 77-year-old, who sparked a nationwide hunt after going missing from his resort home, has now been banned from having contact with children or working door to door.

Trotter, who served 18 years in prison for his crimes, was handed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) after police found out he went to a centre at North Shore Methodist Church, pretending the Jobcentre had sent him to offer young girls work.

The court heard the pensioner, who had set up a door-to-door sewing machine business, said girls aged 14 and over could work as canvassers for him and those over 16 could live at a house he was buying in Blackpool.

Det Sgt Neil Smith, of Blackpool Police’s public protection unit, said the order meant officers could now manage his behaviour and any potential risk he may pose.

He added: “Kenneth Trotter came into the UK and all of a sudden it’s necessary to make sure we monitor him.

“That’s the reason we applied for the SOPO.

“Now he is here, we need a vehicle to monitor his activities.

“It’s a mechanism for us to manage any potential risk to the public.

“We are aware he has knocked on doors asking if anyone has got any sewing machines that need repairing – we don’t think that’s right.

“He was gaining employment but doing it in this manner could cause upset and concern for some people.

“The order puts the obligation on him to do things in the right way.”

When Blackpool Magistrates Court imposed the order on Trotter, of Clevedon Road, North Shore, he shouted: ”I would rather go to jail now, I have to go to prison.”

Sue McLane, Lancashire Police’s solicitor, said Trotter posed a high risk to the community but Sue Mugford, defending, said her client could not get any benefits because he had spent so long in Australia and his income came from door to door work.

She said: “If he does not work he will be homeless and starve.”

When Trotter was last sent to prison in Australia, a judge in Sydney called him a ”sadistic, callous and most heartless human being”.

During his time behind bars he became the subject of outrage when it was revealed he was one of a group of prisoners allowed to watch hardcore pornography behind bars.

As soon as he was released he had his Australian citizenship revoked and was flown to the UK.

Police appealed for help to find Trotter after he went missing in Blackpool.

He was found by a police officer the following day and arrested for failing to comply with notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

The SOPO will last for three months.