Paedophile moved from Morecambe after poster campaign

An investigation has been launched into allegations of a hate mail campaign against a convicted paedophile.

Anthony Goad, 45, has been re-housed for his own safety after A4 posters about his jail term were sent out to homes, schools and businesses in his neighbourhood.

The leaflets, several of which was sent anonymously to newspapers, include a colour photograph of Goad and his full address in Morecambe.

It gives details of how he has been released from prison on parole after serving time for sexually assaulting two children.

And it describes how he has breached the terms of his release by contacting a young girl.

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

Police have confirmed Goad, who was previously known as Anthony Dowker, committed an indecent assault on a young girl in 1992. He was given a four-year probation order.

But in 2001 he was convicted of sexually assaulting two girls in Kendal, Cumbria. He was jailed for seven years, with a three-year extension, at Carlisle Crown Court.

He was then released on licence in February 2004 and changed his surname, but he breached the terms and was recalled to prison at the end of 2004.

After being released again - subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) and being registered as a sex offender for life - he moved around the country but had settled in Morecambe.

Police said he breached the SOPO on February 24 this year when he had “verbal communication” with a 13-year-old girl.

The offence came to light in April and he was arrested and charged. He was given a community penalty and was tagged. Police said he committed no further offences while tagged and the tag has since been removed.

Following the leafleting, he is being monitored by police and probation services and is currently under the care of social services.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We have been made aware that a number of people in the area have received copies of these posters and we are investigating the circumstances surrounding their source and distribution.

“I would like to reassure people that, so far, there have not been any reported incidents as a result of this poster and the individual involved has now been re-housed in another area where he is being managed appropriately by ourselves and other partner agencies.”