March 2019

“High risk” sex offender sentenced for breaching court order after Carlisle move


A “HIGH RISK” sex offender who befriended a young mum after relocating to Carlisle has been spared immediate prison.

Kirk Yates, 22, was sent to live in a city hostel following his release from prison in September.

Yates, from Preston, was jailed in 2016 for abducting a 13-year-old boy he met through Facebook, along with making and possessing indecent child sexual images.

He found himself in trouble again when police checked his mobile phone, finding a non-indecent photograph of a woman with youngsters. He had met the female but had failed to tell her of his criminal past.

This was in direct breach of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) he received as part of his previous punishment. It prohibited him from having any image of a child without the parent being told of his past and giving written permission.

Yates – recalled on licence – was due for release later this month. He admitted breaching the SHPO, and was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court.

Judge Peter Davies imposed a three-year community order. Yates must undergo rehabilitation and a sexual offending treatment course.

“The sentence that is going to be imposed on you is going to be a punishment. It is not a ‘get out of jail free card’,” said Judge Davies. “It is going to be a punishment designed to a) help you, and b) more particularly to protect young girls and young boys.

“I want to minimise the very high risk that you present.”

March 2016

Man jailed for grooming boy on Facebook

A Preston man who groomed a boy on Facebook has been sentenced to 26 months in prison and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order after he abducted the 13-year-old.

Kirk Yates, 18, of Fishergate Hill, Preston, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today (Wednesday 9th March).

Yates pleaded guilty to abduction after he met up with the boy in Skelmersdale several times in August 2015. He also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.