Paedophile who was banned from Hartlepool after assaulting boy is back in jail

The front page of the Mail in June 2011 when John Locke was branded a danger to children
The front page of the Mail in June 2011 when John Locke was branded a danger to children

A PAEDOPHILE who was once banned from Hartlepool because of the danger he posed to children has been locked up after breaching a court order again.

Sex offender John Wayne Locke, 70, was barred from entering town for two years after he was jailed for indecently assaulting a boy in Hartlepool.

Now he has been locked up again after trying to get into a mum’s home where she lives on Teesside with her young son.

The incident was the latest in a series of breaches by Locke of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order designed to prevent him from having contact with youngsters.

Teesside Crown Court heard how Locke knocked at the window and opened the door of the house in Middlesbrough.

Locke claimed he was lost and asked the boy’s mother to be let in, but she refused.

He was eventually removed by some passers-by who told the woman Locke was a known sex offender.

The court heard the woman said she had seen Locke watching her and her son when she had been out.

She said it made her scared and she was shocked Locke was allowed to live in the area.

The case has echoes of previous breaches of the court order by Locke when he lived in Hartlepool.

Three years ago he was given six months in jail for trying to lure children to his house after he moved back to town.

Locke, formerly of Staithes Court, Hartlepool, then approached a teenager in the street and spoke to him.

He also went up to two youngsters as they played innocently in a front garden 
and asked them to take him home.

He was banned from 
speaking to anyone under 18 under the terms of the Sexual 
Offences Prevention Order.

Town magistrates described him then as “a risk of harm to the public”.

Locke, now of Martin Road, Middlesbrough, has been jailed for 18 months for the latest breach which happened just two months after he last came out of prison.

His lawyer Andrew Turton said a report about his client made depressing reading and accepted a prison sentence was inevitable.

Imposing the jail sentence, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, told Locke he had no doubt he knew what the terms of the court order were and he had consistently breached them.