Sex offender jailed over order breach

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A CONVICTED sex offender who failed to inform police when he moved to Skegness was jailed for eight months at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday.

Marcus Bird was arrested after being spotted on CCTV as he walked along North Parade in the resort nine days before Christmas.

Jonathon Dee, prosecuting, said that officers had previously been tipped off the Bird was living rough in the Skegness area.

The 40 year old was placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years in August last year after he was convicted of exposing himself in front of a young child.

Mr Dee said that when officers approached Bird he gave a false name but his true identity was discovered from a distinctive tattoo.

Bird, of no fixed address, admitted failing to comply with a sex offender order on 16 December.

The court was told that it was the fourth time in just four months that Bird had broken the order and he was arrested just four days after being released from jail for a previous offence of failing to comply.

Recorder Stuart Sprawson told him: “These orders are not just to ensure that the public are protected but equally they are there to support you.

“You have an appalling record in relation to this order.”

David Eager, defending, said: “This is simply a man having been released from prison and was homeless who did not notify the police that he was homeless.

“He has an alcohol problem but it is not a problem he is ready to deal with himself.”