July 2017

Convicted paedophile lied to get job working on rides at Kettering’s Wicksteed Park

A convicted paedophile told bosses at Kettering’s Wicksteed Park he had no previous convictions to twice gain a job working with children.

Kevin Marlow, 55, of Cambridge Street, Rothwell, was jailed for breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and fraud by false representation on Tuesday (July 11).

Northampton Crown Court heard Marlow was given a community order in 2010 after being convicted of two counts of sexual assault against a 12-year-old girl.

As part of his sentencing he was banned from coming into contact with children.

But in May 2016 he got a job as a ride operator at Wicksteed Park.

Prosecuting, Priya Bakshi said: “The offences came to light when a fairground operator contacted police when she thought a registered sex offender was working there.

“He would operate rides aimed at children of between three and 13 years of age.

“He was required to assist getting children on and off rides and strapping them in. “He would physically pick them up and put them in.”

Marlow twice gained seasonal work, again being successful in January 2017.

On both occasions he ticked a box on his application form saying he had no previous convictions.

But Government guidance advised that the nature of his job – he wasn’t working with children solely unsupervised – meant the park was not eligible to require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at the time of the offences.

When Wicksteed Park asked him for documents so it could carry out a check after concerns were raised, he refused to comply.

Miss Bakshi added: “His employers researched him when it came to light that he might have convictions.

“He was suspended and they asked him [if he had any] and he said he had no convictions.

“They asked him to provide documents for a DBS but he did not.” It has not been disclosed how many hours and how often Marlow worked on the rides, but it was estimated that he earned £5,000 while working at the park.

Marlow pleaded guilty to all three counts facing him at an earlier hearing.

Marlow has been in custody since his arrest and appeared at court via videolink from HMP Woodhill.

Sentencing, His Honour Judge Fowler said: “You had physical contact with children which you have actively demonstrated you find sexually attractive.

“Fortunately for you there has been no complaints of abuse while you worked there. “It will horrify every parent who took their child to the park while you worked there, let alone the effect it will have on the park itself.

“You deliberately deceived the park into employing you and paying you.”

Marlow was jailed for 20 months for breaching the Sexual Offences Prevention Order and 12 months for each count of fraud by false representation, to run concurrently.

He will spend 10 months in prison with the remainder on licence.

February 2010

Man sexually assaulted 12-year-old girl

A man from Wellingborough who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl has been sentenced at Northampton Crown Court

Kevin Marlow, aged 47, of Oak Way, was sentenced to a three-year community sex offender treatment programme.

Marlow had previously pleaded guilty to committing two sexual assaults on August 19 last year.

Recorder Stephen Lineham QC made the community order and placed him on the sex offenders’ register.