Sex offender did not tell police he was staying at girlfriend’s home

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A sex offender who stayed at his girlfriend’s home at least 10 times did not tell the police or register her Bolton address as his temporary home.

Burnley magistrates were told how Michael Philip Lockwood (31) was convicted of sexual offences in 2006 and had never flouted the notification requirements.

Lockwood, of Swaine Street, Nelson, admitted failing to comply with the sexual offenders’ register, by not registering her address. He was given a 12 month conditional discharge by the Bench, who said it was the first breach, it was not deliberate and he took immediate steps to register the address. He was ordered to pay £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge. The chairman told Lockwood: “We believe it was a genuine misunderstanding.”

Glen Smith (defending) said he told police he was having the relationship when they attended on a routine visit.