Fears pervert pensioner is still attracted to kids
POLICE have won their fight to stop a 76-year-old paedophile from going to Ireland – amid fears he is still sexually attracted to children.
Magistrates have granted the foreign travel order which prevents Peter Talbot from travelling to Southern Ireland for the next five years.
Staffordshire Police made the application amid fears Talbot would breach the terms of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order first imposed in 2000.
Mobility scooter driver Talbot breached that order three times in 2010 when he approached young girls playing in a North Staffordshire street.
He later travelled to Ireland and was arrested in Dublin before being jailed at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court for three years.
Following the sentence, neighbours in Smallthorne campaigned for Talbot to be moved away from the area after his release.
Now Talbot – who is living in secure accommodation in Shelton – has served his sentence and asked for permission to go to Ireland.
The order bans Talbot from approaching anyone under 18, and entering a swimming pool, a public park, play area or school. He has 13 convictions for sexual offences.
Herjinder Aoulick, representing Staffordshire Police, told North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court: "We feel the full five-year term is appropriate because of his offending in this country and him breaking the Sexual Offences Prevention Order in this country. He is now an elderly man and remains sexually attracted to children."
The travel order had been opposed by Talbot. But the pensioner, who did not attend the court hearing because of mobility problems, decided not to contest it.
District Judge David Taylor said: "Given the persistent nature of his offending it seems to me quite appropriate for a five-year maximum term because he is a man of fixed inclinations and is unlikely to change."
Following the case, Detective Inspector Tony Lungrin, of Staffordshire Police's public protection unit, said: "Currently, registered sex offenders are required to notify police of any intended foreign travel which exceeds three days.
"This allows our officers to manage registered sex offenders and oppose travel should it be deemed necessary. This means they are able to safeguard children and vulnerable people in foreign countries as well as in the UK. "That legislation is due to be reviewed so registered sex offenders must inform police of all foreign travel of any length."