August 2018

Jail for pervert who ‘set up bed’ in primary school playground

A notorious Lancaster sex offender with an unhealthy interest in educational buildings travelled across the county to ‘sleep’ in the grounds of a primary school.

Preston Crown Court heard Alexander Macura, 64, of no fixed abode, was found under a canopy in the yard of Kelbrook Primary School in Barnoldswick, east Lancashire, on July 16, lying on a bale of straw which he “laid out as a bed”.

Macura has a chequered history involving schools, and under the terms of a sexual harm prevention order he is banned from them.

An indefinite order by Harrogate magistrates for exposure has been breached repeatedly.

Three years ago he was jailed after he was caught by a cleaner trespassing in Lancaster Grammar School – three days after being released – claiming he just wanted to “sleep there”.

He had just been released from jail for loitering near a field in Lancaster where boys were playing.

In May a school in Welshpool, Wales, found him trespassing after he triggered an alarm, and he got a two-year community order. Preston Crown Court was told he failed to attend the police station on July 8 and 15, and on July 16 police were called at 9.20pm after Macura was found at the school.

He admits breaching his SHPO, notification requirements and community order.

Judge Andrew Jefferies QC jailed him for 14 months.

June 2018

Parents reassured following school break-in by man with sexual harm prevention order

A school has issued a letter reassuring parents after a man with a sexual harm prevention order was found on its premises.

Alexander Macura, 64, who gave his address as a caravan park in Lancashire, is banned from entering school premises.

However in May, he set off a burglar alarm at Maesydre School in Welshpool, and was found by a classroom assistant.

Macura was last week handed a two-year community order by magistrates in Welshpool.

Powys County Council and the school have sent a letter to parents saying the incident happened outside of school hours and that damage caused by the break-in had been repaired and the school was secured. It confirmed no items had been removed.

The letter said: “All pupil data and records are locked in filing cabinets which are locked in the school office.

“There was no evidence to suggest that the intruder had accessed any other areas of the school.”