Police catch rapist outside Blurton school
PARENTS have spoken of their shock after a convicted sex offender breached a court order by walking past the gates of their children's school as pupils were leaving.
Pervert Anthony Carr was made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) in 2007.
It means Carr cannot walk within 50 metres of a school between 7.30am and 9.30am and 2.30pm and 4.30pm or go into
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But Carr, whose previous convictions include rape and indecent assault, breached the order by walking past Sutherland Primary Academy, in Blurton, on three occasions and entering nearby woods on December 5.
In 2011, Carr was jailed for 16 months after flashing at a 12-year-old girl at Hanley's WH Smiths store.
Now the 47-year-old has been jailed for a further 16 months.
Neil Ahuja, prosecuting, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court: "Police were watching him on Wednesday, December 5.
"At 3.17pm he was seen walking past the front gates of Sutherland Primary at a time when a lot of children and adults were coming from the school. At 3.30pm he was seen near football pitches adjacent to Meaford Drive. Five minutes later he was seen going into a wooded area. Just after 3.50pm he walked past the school while children were walking home. At 4.10pm he again walked past the school for a third time. He walked past children. He walked slowly past the entrance to the school.
"At that stage the police approached and arrested him."
Carr, of Ripon Road, Blurton, pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching the SOPO.
Rachel Thompson, mitigating, said no-one was harmed and added Carr has now lost his accommodation.
Judge David Fletcher told Carr: "You disobeyed both the conditions. One is clearly designed to prevent you going within 50 metres of a school when children are going in or coming out. You went near the school when it was obvious the children were coming out.
"You also knew you were not to go in a wooded area and you did exactly that."
Headteacher Garry Boote had not been made aware of Carr's arrest.
Following the court case, he said: "We have fantastic security, with automated gates and CCTV, and we take keeping our children safe very seriously."
Parents are pleased Carr has been locked up.
Mum-of-four Wendy Cotton, aged 33, of Consett Road, Blurton, said: "I was aware somebody from the neighbourhood was being monitored. It's scary but I am glad he has been locked up."
Mother-of-three Lisa Stonier, aged 30, of Beaconsfield Drive, Blurton, said: "It is so worrying that there are people like that in the neighbourhood but I am happy he has been caught."