October 2017: Now living in Keighley

September 2015

Paedophile breaks SOPO

A sex offender who failed to tell police where he was living for three years has appeared in court.

Nicholas Sykes, 53, was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely after having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

But between April 2012 and June this year police had no idea that he was staying at an address in Holmfirth with his partner, mum to a young child.

Sykes, of Longwood Gate in Longwood, admitted failing to comply with his notification requirements.

Sykes was jailed for three years and three months at Bradford Crown Court in February 2002.

He had encouraged a 14-year-old girl playing in her bedroom to perform sex acts on him.

Sykes also kissed her and touched her breasts and had sex with the schoolgirl on more than one occasion.

He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register and had to comply with various requirements.

These included making police aware of his addresses but the only address provided by Sykes was in Longwood.

But in June 2013 police attended and discovered that he was not in permanent residence there.

Subsequently, social services became aware of an address Sykes was staying at in Holmfirth.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting, told Kirklees magistrates: “His partner said she’d met Mr Sykes when he sold a dog to her (and) there was talk of marriage.

“She was aware of the fact that he was on the Sex Offenders’ Register, he told her he’d had relations with a 15-year-old girl.

“Being aware of his history she put steps in place to keep children out of his supervision and not be left alone with him.”

Magistrates sentenced Sykes to a three-year community order.

This includes 60 days of attendance at a sex offenders’ treatment programme.

He must also pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

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