Paedophile Anthony Goad moved after posters distributed

A convicted child sex offender has been rehoused in Lancashire after posters showing his face and address were sent anonymously to his neighbours.

Anthony Goad, 45, of Morecambe, who was found guilty in 2001 of sex assaults on two girls in Kendal, Cumbria, contacted police when he received a poster.

Lancashire Police said an investigation was under way.

Goad, who was previously known as Anthony Dowker, is monitored by police and the probation service.

Breached order

He is a registered sex offender and was the subject of a sexual offences prevention order, which he breached by contacting a 13-year-old girl in February.

He appeared at Lancaster Magistrates' Court in April over the breach and was given a community penalty and made to wear an electronic tag. Police said he committed no further offences while tagged and that the tag had now been removed.

The poster carried a colour photograph of Goad, his full address and details of his offences.

A police spokesperson said: "We have been made aware that a number of people in the area have received copies of these posters and we are investigating the circumstances surrounding their source and distribution.

"I would like to reassure people that so far, there have not been any reported incidents as a result of this poster and the individual involved has now been rehoused in another area where he is being managed appropriately by ourselves and other partner agencies.

"I would urge anyone who may have any information in relation to this to contact police."

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