Sex menace sparks order

Ross Gleave
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A COURT has slapped a sexual offences prevention order on a serving prisoner

Ross Gleave was jailed in 2008 after attempting to rape an 11-year-old girl in Stanley Park.

The 21-year-old still has two years of a seven year sentence to run but has become a such a sex menace to prison staff and fellow inmates in Preston Prison the order was granted by a judge yesterday.

Gleave, formerly of Mere Road, Blackpool, was released part way through his sentence on licence but breached the terms of that licence by approaching two 17-year-old girls in Blackburn.

He was recalled to prison as a result and the court was told his behaviour behind bars has become overtly sexual both in his language and inappropriate behaviour.

He is currently in Preston Prison after being moved from Hull following his complaints he was refused prison food when he refused to say please and thank you when being served at meal times.

Lancashire Police successfully applied for the Sexual Offences Prevention order (SOPO) without a time limit before District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court who was told Gleave was a high risk to males, females, prisoners and prisons staff.

When interviewed in prison about his conduct Gleave went into a rage and would not accept he had done anything wrong.

Dan Gaskill, defending, said people should be protected but prison staff went into their job with their eyes open.

He said the Prison Service could look after itself and did not require a SOPO but accepted it might well be needed on Gleave’s eventual release.

Granting the order the judge said: “I have no reservations whatsoever this order is appropriate for the protection of several different groups of the public.”

At the time of his sentencing, Judge Christopher Cornwall told Gleave he may be “inherently evil”.

The hunt for drug user Gleave – who was 17 at the time of the horrific incident on August 21, 2007 – had gone on for more than a week when detectives decided to test out EvoFIT, a computer version of the old Photofit system.

Now regularly used by police, the new software provided the hi-tech breakthrough the inquiry needed as detectives circulated the image around Stanley Park and a member of the public identified Gleave as being the man responsible.

When he appeared in court, Gleave’s defence team said he had smoked a “powerful variant” of cannabis which led to him committing the sickening crime.