Sex offender tried to lure kids to hotel

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A CONVICTED sex offender attempted to lure children into a hotel where he was staying, a court heard.

Peter Edwards was staying in a guesthouse on Hull Road when he came to a deal with its owner .

For every guest the 48-year-old brought to stay at the establishment he would get a £4 per head payment.

He went with fliers to Blackpool North station where he approached people arriving in the resort.

Angus Craigen, prosecuting, told Blackpool Magistrates Court that as a condition of a previously imposed Sex Offences Prevention order Edwards should have no contact with children under the age of 18 and should not take employment which result in such contact.

He had a previous conviction for raping a girl under the age of 16; a conviction for other sex assaults on children and taking indecent photographs of children.

In July he was also convicted at Blackburn for failing to register his address with police.

Mr Craigen said: “By coming to this arrangement with the hotel owner in Blackpool he got a family with four children to stay at the premises.

“This is an aggravating feature of this case in that he was doing his level best to get families with children to the hotel.”

Edwards admitted beaching the terms of his sex offenders order and his lawyer Allan Cobain told the court: “My client has been trying to start a new life.

“He came to Blackpool to try to get on his feet and get a roof over his head.

“He has not gone to this hotel to groom children.”

Edwards was sent to Preston Crown Court for sentence.

He was remanded in custody.