The Scarborough News

Jail for ‘depraved’ Scarboro’ sex tourist

Man came back from Asian trip with thousands of images

- By Ian Johnson ian.johnson@jpress.co.uk Twitter: @Ian_JohnsonSN

A Scarboroug­h sex tourist has been jailed after jetting thousands of miles to have sex with a 14-year-old.

Paedophile Roy Dove then smuggled in thousands of pictures and videos of children back on his computer after his sordid stint in the Philippine­s. The 50-year-old has now been jailed for 40 months.

Police say “depraved” Dove is a threat to children, while former colleagues claim he was a web-obsessed loner.

He was jailed at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday October 15, 15 months after National Crime Agency officers arrested him at Manchester Airport after he flew back in to the UK.

He was initially wanted by North Yorkshire Police in relation to a number of images that had been found on his work computer at the now-closed Online Curtain Fabrics, but Dove admitted a laptop he was carrying also contained images and so he was additional­ly arrested for importatio­n offences.

During later interviews he admitting having intercours­e with the girl while he was in south east Asia.

The seized laptop was analysed and found to contain around 2,000 indecent images of children and around 300 indecent videos.

Dove pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with a child and possessing indecent images of children.

DC Michelle Neighbour, of the Scarboroug­h Serious Crime Team at North Yorkshire Police, said: “Dove is a depraved individual who poses a real threat to children.

“It is satisfying that he has been made to face up to his sickening crimes.

“This case serves to highlight that we will work with our partner agencies to bring offenders like him to justice.”

The Scarboroug­h News has spoke to former colleagues of Dove. One said: “He was a very strange man – very, very strange indeed.

“He would go into work at the weekends just to use the work computers.

“Nobody really liked him that much, he was just odd.”

He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Robert Miles, head of the NCA’s Manchester border investigat­ion team, said: “Each of those images and videos found on Dove’s computers represente­d a child being abused. Some were extremely disturbing, in the most serious category.

“He also admitted carrying out abuse himself abroad. He was clearly a danger to children so it is right that he is behind bars.”

If you are an adult and worried about a child, or if you think you have been a victim of abuse, you can get help and support by contacting the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

Alternativ­ely, if you are a young person and either you or a friend has been sexually abused, you can contact Childline on 0800 1111.

You can report your concerns via the NCA CEOP Safety Centre at www.ceop.police.uk/ safety-centre.

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