Morecambe poster campaign paedophile is jailed

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court

A convicted sex offender has been jailed for 10 months for breaching a court order designed to keep him away from his targets.

Anthony Goad, 45, was jailed in 2001 for sickening sex attacks on girls in his home town of Morecambe and was later driven out of the resort by a poster campaign launched by furious residents.

Goad - also known as Dowker - was made the subject of a lifetime Sexual Offender Prevention Order (SOPO) as a result of his convictions.

But the offender, now of Dinmore Avenue, Blackpool, has admitted breaching the order on two occasions.

In 2011, Goad had to be re-housed there for his own safety after A4 posters about his jail term were sent out to homes, schools and businesses in his neighbourhood in Morecambe.

The leaflets, several of which were sent anonymously to newspapers, included a colour photograph of Goad and his full address, together with details of his crimes.

Goad contacted police with concerns over his personal safety after receiving one of the leaflets at his home.

Preston Crown Court heard Goad was not allowed to have contact with any male or female under the age of 18 under the terms of the order.

However he came into contact with two 17-year-olds through the relationship with his current 21-year-old girlfriend, the court heard.

Judge Mark Brown was told how he attended a family karaoke party and took pictures of a 17-year-old girl before sending them to her via Facebook.

He then had contact with her brother.

He was previously described as “a controlling and dominant man who preys in particular on young females.”

The immediate jail term has halted suspected plans discovered by police for Goad to move abroad to Malta.