Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pervert Banned from Anywhere near Children Found Lurking Metres from Girl of Seven; Sexual Predator Breaks Order after Just Weeks

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pervert Banned from Anywhere near Children Found Lurking Metres from Girl of Seven; Sexual Predator Breaks Order after Just Weeks

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Byline: By SARA NICHOL

HE WAS banned from hanging around children, but weeks after being released from prison he was back.

Jeremy Hicks, 45, was jailed for two years in 2005 after admitting performing a sex act while sitting next to a seven-year-old girl on Whitley Bay beach.

But less than a fortnight after his release, the persistent sexual pest, who has 12 previous convictions of indecent assault and indecent exposure, breached his five-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order and was remanded in custody by Newcastle magistrates.

Part of the order banned Hicks, of Westmorland Road, Newcastle, from loitering within 20 metres of a person under the age of 18 - a rule he broke when he was caught standing four metres from a seven-year-old girl and fixedly gazing at her in Newcastle's Central Station.

The girl and her mother were unaware of Hick's presence, but he was pulled aside by PC Andrew Bates and arrested.

Karen Heaton, prosecuting, said: "Mr Hicks was seen on Grainger Street by PC Bates, standing with a can of beer in his hand by St John's Church.

He seemed to be wildly gesticulating and talking to himself.

"PC Bates followed Mr Hicks down towards Central Station and saw him cross the road at Neville Street. As he crossed the road he caused a bus to break hard. He then proceeded to wave his arms around and shout at the bus driver.

"Mr Hicks then walked off towards the left hand side entrance of Central Station and PC Bates started to follow him. When PC Bates entered the station he found Mr Hicks to be standing motionless, completely frozen, and staring towards a child, who looked about seven years old and appeared to be standing with her mother. He was standing about four or five metres away from the child and remained there for about 30 seconds."

Hicks, who is on the sex offenders register for 10 years and was on a twoyear licence at the time of his arrest, was searched and found to be carrying a can of amyl nitrate, also known as poppers, and a can of beer, Claiming to be gay, Hicks said he planned to use the drug as a sexual stimulant in a gay bar.

PC Bates told the court: "When I observed Mr Hicks in the station, he was standing absolutely still, frozen in fact. …

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