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Paedophile jailed after shop jobs trickery

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A predatory paedophile has been jailed again after he tricked his way into shop jobs so he could meet children.

Gavin Shaw, 54, was arrested after he ignored a ruling banning him from mixing with children by moving from town to town, getting jobs in shops so he could meet young customers.

In 2012 Shaw was arrested after he was spotted persuading children to get into the back of his van at the seaside resort of Morecambe.

He had befriended the children after getting a job at a shop in the seaside resort without telling his employers about his criminal record.

Shaw, of Nelson, Lancashire, who has a history of child abuse spanning almost 40 years, was caught in May after officers visited him at home.Burnley Crown Court heard Shaw had convictions for sex offences dating back to 1975 and had been sent to prison seven times.

Four years ago, Shaw was made subject of a ten year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

Robert Elias, mitigating, said Shaw had not been convicted of molesting a child for 10 years, and that he had ‘moved on’ from adolescent boys to gay men

Shaw is now starting an 18 month prison sentence after he admitted breaching the SOPO and possessing a prohibited weapon for the discharge of noxious liquid or gas.

 

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