Sex offender jailed after 12 failures to tell police of moves

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A SEX offender is back behind bars after failing to tell the police where he was living – for the 12th time.

Clive Morrison was convicted in 1996 of an indecent assault on a woman and jailed for four years.

One of the conditions of the 49-year-old’s sentence was to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for the rest of his life, and to tell the police of any new address within three days of moving.

Morrison has been living at a hostel in South Shields, but moved out on August 17 after arguing with fellow residents and didn’t tell police.

Officers spent three weeks looking for him until he was found in Gateshead on September 8.

He pleaded guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court to failing to comply with his Sex Offenders Register requirements by not notifying the police of a change of address.

The court heard it was the 12th time since 2003 that he has been convicted of the same thing.

Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “He is a registered sex offender and spent four years in prison after being convicted in 1996.

“He should register any new address with the police within three days of moving.

“He told them of a new address on July 24, but left it on July 17 and no one knew where he was.

“Extensive inquiries were carried out to try to find him.”

Mrs Guest told the court that police managed to speak to him by phone at one point and he gave them numerous addresses, but all proved to be false.

She added: “He refused to give correct details of where he could be found, but clearly they caught up with him, and when they did he said he had been staying with friends in Gateshead.”

The court heard that Morrison has been jailed nine times for breaching the same term of his registration 12 times over the past 10 years.

John Williams, defending, said: “He had to leave the hostel because he said someone made threats to him because he complained of drug use.

“He did try to evade detection since then, though, and has a history of doing it.”

Magistrates decided to send the case to Newcastle Crown Court to be sentenced.

Williams, of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody until then.