September 2016

‘Boasting’ paedophile jailed – to keep him safe

Anthony Goad

A high-risk child sex offender has been sent back to prison for his own safety amid fears he will become a target for vigilantes.

Antony Goad, 50, was jailed by magistrates after he admitted failing to live at an approved address.

A court heard police and probation officers found it difficult to monitor Goad because he would make sick boasts about his sex crimes.

He was living at a flat overlooking the Golden Mile, where six young children were also residents.

Goad went to police to say he was thinking about targeting a girl.

He was removed from the flat and police found him a room in a bed and breakfast from which he disappeared during the night.

Magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest and yesterday jailed him for 14 days.

Probation officer Peter Moran asked for Goad to be held in custody. He said: “This is for the safety of this man and the safety of others. “He is a high risk offender and the probation service has been through a number of crises with him because he discusses his offending.”

Goad was previously run out of Morecambe by vigilantes who published posters bearing his picture after he committed sex offences against young girls.

He was placed on a lifetime Sexual Offenders’ Prevention order and moved to Blackpool where he breached his SOPO and was jailed for 10 months.

October 2015

Morecambe poster campaign paedophile is jailed

A convicted sex offender has been jailed for 10 months for breaching a court order designed to keep him away from his targets.

Anthony Goad, 45, was jailed in 2001 for sickening sex attacks on girls in his home town of Morecambe and was later driven out of the resort by a poster campaign launched by furious residents.

Goad – also known as Dowker – was made the subject of a lifetime Sexual Offender Prevention Order (SOPO) as a result of his convictions.

But the offender, now of Dinmore Avenue, Blackpool, has admitted breaching the order on two occasions.

In 2011, Goad had to be re-housed there for his own safety after A4 posters about his jail term were sent out to homes, schools and businesses in his neighbourhood in Morecambe.

The leaflets, several of which were sent anonymously to newspapers, included a colour photograph of Goad and his full address, together with details of his crimes.

Goad contacted police with concerns over his personal safety after receiving one of the leaflets at his home.

Preston Crown Court heard Goad was not allowed to have contact with any male or female under the age of 18 under the terms of the order.

However he came into contact with two 17-year-olds through the relationship with his current 21-year-old girlfriend, the court heard.

Judge Mark Brown was told how he attended a family karaoke party and took pictures of a 17-year-old girl before sending them to her via Facebook.

He then had contact with her brother.

He was previously described as “a controlling and dominant man who preys in particular on young females.”

The immediate jail term has halted suspected plans discovered by police for Goad to move abroad to Malta.

September 2015

Convicted sex offender broke order by having contact with teenagers

A convicted sex offender who was driven out of Morecambe by a poster campaign has admitted breaching a court order designed to keep him away from his targets.

Anthony Goad, 45, was jailed in 2001 for sex attacks on girls in his home town of Morecambe.

Goad – also known as Dowker – was made the subject of a lifetime Sexual Offender Prevention Order (SOPO) as a result of his convictions.

Now Goad, of Dinmore Avenue, Blackpool, has admitted breaching the order on two occasions.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, told magistrates that Goad was not allowed to have contact with any male or female under the age of 18 under the terms of the order.

However he came into contact with two 17-year-olds courtesy of his 21-year-old current girlfriend, the court heard.

He attended a family karaoke party and took pictures of the 17-year-old girl before sending them to her via Facebook.

He then had contact with her brother.

The prosecutor said: “He is a controlling and dominant man who preys in particular on young females.”

Magistrates sent Goad for sentence at Preston Crown Court.

Objecting to bail for Goad pending his appearance at the higher court, the prosecutor that said police had discovered Goad was planning to move abroad and was to get a one-way ticket to Malta.

Examination of his mobile phone showed he had also made contact with a woman in the Phillipines.

Mr Chappell denied that his client had any plans to travel abroad and was happy to surrender his passport to the court.

Goad was refused bail and will appear at Crown Court on Wednesday, October 14 for sentencing.

In 2011, Goad had to be re-housed for his own safety after A4 posters about his jail term were sent out to homes, schools and businesses in his neighbourhood in Morecambe.

The leaflets, several of which were sent anonymously to newspapers, included a colour photograph of Goad and his full address, together with details of his crimes.

Goad contacted police with concerns over his personal safety after receiving one of the leaflets at his home.

Shortly afterwards he was rehoused and now lives in Blackpool.

September 2011

Paedophile moved from Morecambe after poster campaign

An investigation has been launched into allegations of a hate mail campaign against a convicted paedophile.

Anthony Goad, 45, has been re-housed for his own safety after A4 posters about his jail term were sent out to homes, schools and businesses in his neighbourhood.

The leaflets, several of which was sent anonymously to newspapers, include a colour photograph of Goad and his full address in Morecambe.

It gives details of how he has been released from prison on parole after serving time for sexually assaulting two children.

And it describes how he has breached the terms of his release by contacting a young girl.

Goad contacted police with concerns over his personal safety on Tuesday after receiving one of the leaflets at his home.

Police have confirmed Goad, who was previously known as Anthony Dowker, committed an indecent assault on a young girl in 1992. He was given a four-year probation order.

But in 2001 he was convicted of sexually assaulting two girls in Kendal, Cumbria. He was jailed for seven years, with a three-year extension, atCarlisle Crown Court.

He was then released on licence in February 2004 and changed his surname, but he breached the terms and was recalled to prison at the end of 2004.

After being released again – subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) and being registered as a sex offender for life – he moved around the country but had settled in Morecambe.

Police said he breached the SOPO on February 24 this year when he had “verbal communication” with a 13-year-old girl.

The offence came to light in April and he was arrested and charged. He was given a community penalty and was tagged. Police said he committed no further offences while tagged and the tag has since been removed.

Following the leafleting, he is being monitored by police and probation services and is currently under the care of social services.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We have been made aware that a number of people in the area have received copies of these posters and we are investigating the circumstances surrounding their source and distribution.

“I would like to reassure people that, so far, there have not been any reported incidents as a result of this poster and the individual involved has now been re-housed in another area where he is being managed appropriately by ourselves and other partner agencies.