December 2015

Child sex offender claimed to have escorted Princess Diana across minefield as he charmed his way into women’s lives


A CHILD sex offender claimed to have escorted Princess Diana across a minefield as he charmed his way into the lives of numerous women, taking advantage of their generosity.

Serial liar Joshua Matthew Walmsley’s web of deceit included claims that he had been in the Royal Marine Commandos special forces, spoke six languages and had four degrees, Blackburn magistrates heard.

He also claimed to have protected the late princess and to have worked as a bodyguard.

But his list of lies hid the sinister secret that he was a child sex offender – and he was breaching requirements of the sexual offenders’ register by spending the night in their homes while their children were present.

Walmsley, 39, of Bedford Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to comply with notification requirements and three charges of fraudulently attempting to obtain employment at restaurants by producing a false CV.

He was sent on bail to Preston Crown Court to be sentenced on January 18.

Tracey Yates, prosecuting, said one of Walmsley’s victims had met him at a barbecue organised by the Dean of Blackburn Cathedral.

She said: “He spoke with a Canadian accent and she said he was charismatic.

“He said he had lived in Germany for the last 10 years but originated from Vancouver. He claimed to be an engineer, a deep sea diver, in the Marine special forces, a bodyguard and even that he had guided Princes Di across a minefield.”

She said the victim became suspicious when she said she had been to Vancouver but he quickly changed the subject.

“She Googled him and started to unravel his lies,” said Mrs Yates. “She discovered a blog created by women who had been subjected to his charms under various names.”

A second victim met him through a dating site and he spun her the same tales,the court heard.

Mrs Yates said the fraud offences related to Walmsley’s attempts to pass himself off as a top chef and gain employment at establishments including the Stanley House Hotel and Spa in Mellor and Clog and Billycock in Pleasington.

“He produced a CV which suggested he had worked at many leading establishments,” said Mrs Yates. “Statements have been obtained from three of them but there were many others. In all cases he failed to reveal any previous convictions.”

Mrs Yates said his record showed 49 previous offences from courts the length and breadth of the UK.

It included 30 aliases and false dates of birth.

The sexual offence in Scotland in 2013 resulted in a prison sentence and him being placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said none of the women Walmsley had spent time with had raised any concerns about his behaviour towards their children.

“He perhaps hasn’t understood the finer points of the sex offender requirements which are different in England and Scotland,” said Mr Taylor.

Joshua Matthew Walmsley

May 2016

A conman who duped single mothers by saying he was a scuba-diving bodyguard of Princess Diana and an ex-SAS Michelin-starred chef has been ordered by a judge to use his real name, even in conversations.

Joshua Walmsley, a jobless ex-con on the Sex Offender Register, used 30 different names and made a series of false boasts to woo women.

The 39-year-old claimed he was a former bodyguard who helped Princess Diana inspect the minefields of Angola during her famous visit to the civil war ravaged region in 1997.

He also said he was a former Royal Marine Commando, served in the SAS, was a deep sea diver, spoke six languages, and had up to six university degrees. 

He even claimed to have a Michelin star for his gourmet cooking and said he was due to become the next Dean of Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire.

A string of lonely hearts women were taken in by Walmsley’s patter and had affairs with him and gave him money. 

He was found out after one of the women discovered a blog created by previous victims of Walmsley who told how he used his tall tales to charm them into bed.

It emerged he had used a false CV to get an interview and work trial as a chef in the kitchen of a luxury hotel and spa but he was unmasked as a fraud when it was discovered he couldn’t even bake a tray of brownies.

Today at Burnley Crown Court, Walmsley – who used different names to avoid being tracked on internet search engines – was issued with the ban on using any aliases for the next three years after admitted fraud offences involving two women.

The three year Prohibited Activity Requirement – under the terms of a community order – bans Walmsley from changing his name by deed poll and undergoing any other name on any media including Facebook and dating websites. 

He must also use his own name during conversations with other people and will have to complete 80 hours unpaid work.

The Judge Mr Recorder Nick Clarke QC told Walmsley: ‘You are an individual who has engaged in relationships with women but who has lied about who you are to avoid them finding out about your history. 

‘The women you approached were overwhelmed by your charms and succumbed to your manner and you were always very forward with them.

‘You pretended you had been a bodyguard, medic, engineer, deep sea diver and been in the special forces. You claimed to have guided Princess Diana over a mine field. 

‘You said you spoke six languages and had four degrees much of that was obtained through your military service.

‘When people questioned what you were saying you had an answer for everything. You suggested you had run a Michelin star restaurant but you couldn’t even make a tray of brownies or produce a simple sauce. 

‘Should you make a fresh start, you must do it honestly and openly without lying about your past history and name. You are prohibited of telling anybody your name is anything other than Joshua Walmsley.’

The court heard the first victim, a single mother of one, met Walmsley in September last year at Blackburn Cathedral where he falsely claimed he was called Joshua Faulkner and was to become the next Dean.

‘He was using a Canadian accent and much of his back story related to his family in Canada,’ said Francis McEntee, prosecuting. 

‘She was embarrassed to admit she was overwhelmed and described him as being charismatic and she thought she had nothing to lose.

‘He told her he had lived in Germany for the past ten years and said he was originally from Vancouver – but when she started to chat to him about Vancouver she noticed that he immediately changed the subject. 

‘She described him as a nice guy but said that within five or ten minutes he leaned in for a kiss which took her off guard.

‘He told her he had been in the marines and the special forces, a medic in the army, an engineer, a deep sea diver and a chef. He even went so far as to say that she could trust him because he had been the person to take a Princess Diana across a minefield. 

‘He said he could speak six languages, had four degrees whilst in the military. She did question these claims but she says he ‘had an answer for everything’.

‘She described the defendant as being extremely persuasive. She let him use her car to go to job interviews but he started to drain the petrol and not replace it. 

‘He obtained parking tickets on the vehicle which she was required to pay. Four weeks after meeting him she gave him money for haircuts, taxis, food and even gave him money for his rent.

‘She did check his details on google using Joshua Faulkner and was finding nothing that concerned her. She was told he had a Michelin restaurant in Canada and then she said things were not adding up but admits that she was still drawn in.’

Walmsley began staying at the woman’s house but she became suspicious when she took him to a job interview and noticed his name on the CV was Joshua Walmsley.

A further search on Google under than name revealed he was a convicted sex offender.

But by then Walmsley had already met the second unsuspecting victim – a single mother of three – on a dating website claiming he was a qualified chef, served in the marines and had six college degrees. 

They went for a day at the seaside where she paid for their lunch and travel he stayed over at her house for sex but she later found out the truth about him when a friend noticed a blog about Walmsley.

Walmsley, of Blackburn, admitted failing to comply with Sex Offender Register rules, fraudulently attempting to obtain employment and unrelated offence of shoplifting. 

The court heard he had a 2013 conviction for a sexual assault on a girl with Down’s syndrome plus 39 other undisclosed previous offences.