September 2016

This is the convicted paedophile caught with missing five-year-old Bootle girl


This is the face of convicted paedophile Trevor Hughes, who was found with a five-year-old missing from a park in Bootle.

Hughes, 66, was put back behind bars at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday after admitting breaching an order which prevented him from being with children unsupervised.

The court was told Hughes had been spotted coming from behind a leisure centre in to the park with the girl by her frantic mum.

She shouted at him and took her daughter back, having enlisted neighbours to join in the search for her daughter after she vanished from the park.

A neighbour confronted Hughes, of Knowsley Road in Bootle, who said he had bought the girl bubbles as a gift as he had spoken to her previously and knew she’d had a recent birthday.

It transpired Hughes had been jailed for two and a half years in June 2013 for possessing indecent images of children and sexually assaulting a girl he had groomed.

By being alone with the girl he had breached an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order imposed at the time, the court was told.

Judge Alan Conrad, QC, told him: “It is every parents’ nightmare that their child playing will be grabbed by a sex offender and that is exactly what happened here.”

He jailed Hughes for 12 months for breaching the order.

In an impact statement the girl’s mum said she was still terrified about what might have happened to her daughter.

She said she now has nightmares and “wakes up screaming”.