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Sex offender is back behind bars

PUBLISHED: 17:12 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 11 August 2010

A CONVICTED sex offender has been jailed for six months after he failed to inform the police that he had moved house. Sam Pidgley, 24, has to declare a change of address within three days because he is on the sex offenders register. Lincoln Court jailed

A CONVICTED sex offender has been jailed for six months after he failed to inform the police that he had moved house.

Sam Pidgley, 24, has to declare a change of address within three days because he is on the sex offenders' register.

Lincoln Court jailed him for eight months in September, 2004 for having sex with a girl under 16.

Pidgley moved from Lincoln to Portland Gardens, Chadwell Heath, in August, and registered the address with the authorities.

But on October 21 he moved out of the flat and did not tell the police.

Officers visited four times but did not find him. They wrote letters and rang his mobile phone, but received no response.

Eventually they made contact with him by phone on November 11 when he claimed he was still living at Portland Gardens.

Later that day he visited Romford Police Station and registered his new address as Crow Lane, Romford.

Officers arranged to meet him at Portland Gardens and he was arrested.

At Barking Court last Wednesday (November 26), Pidgley pleaded guilty to breaking the terms of his notification order.

Magistrates were told he was convicted of the same offence in March, 2006.

In mitigation the duty solicitor said Pidgley had to move out of Portland Gardens because his landlady was illegally subletting, and was worried she would be caught.

The prosecution said he was thrown out for non-payment of rent.

The duty solicitor said: "He left and started staying at various addresses with friends, and even on the streets.

"He thought he was not committing an offence because he didn't stay anywhere for more than three days. But the offence is that you must notify police of a change within three days."

Magistrates sentenced him to six months in prison because it was his second identical offence.

As he was lead away Pidgley sobbed and said: "I can't go back, you don't know what it's like in there.


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