Lancashire

Horror film paedophile jailed indefinitely

Simon Walford
Image caption Walford was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child

A paedophile from Lancashire who created a horror film set at his home to try to lure children has been jailed indefinitely.

Simon Walford, 39, decorated his flat in Blackburn with skulls and figures from horror movies including Hannibal Lecter and Friday the 13th.

Walford, of Blackburn, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child at Preston Crown Court.

Judge Christopher Cornwell passed a minimum term of two-and-a-half years.

But he said Walford, of Hancock Street, would not be released until he no longer posed a risk to the public.

Walford enticed one boy to his home to watch a ghoulish film and went on to sexually abuse him, the court was told.

Image caption He decorated his flat in Blackburn with skulls and figures from horror movies

He was also found guilty of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and of breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

The defendant was jailed for two-and-a-half years for similar offences in November 2003

Last year he was barred from having any contact with children after associating with another sex offender.

The court was told Walford was starting to show remorse for his latest crime but he refused to leave the cells to be sentenced in person.

Following the hearing, Neil Standage, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Simon Walford is a dangerous and predatory offender who blatantly breached the sexual offences prevention order against him and has shown no remorse for the offences he committed

"He has now been jailed indefinitely, which means that, although a minimum term is set by the judge, he will stay in prison for as long as he remains a risk to the public."

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