June 2022

Man jailed for child sex offences

A 71-year old man has been jailed for child sex offences today, Thursday 23 June.

Leslie Foster, of Canning Street, Liverpool, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to nine and a half years, plus four and a half on extended licence

Foster was convicted of:

  • Two counts of causing and inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity

  • Two counts of attempted kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence.

On Saturday 25 September 2021 at around 3.20pm, we received a report that Foster had approached two young children in Home and Bargains in St John’s Precinct and made sexual comments towards them before coaxing them away

Patrols attended and, following enquiries, quickly detained and arrested Foster in St John’s Precinct. 

He was questioned by police, charged and remanded into custody. 

By attempting to deny the charges, Foster also put his victims through the ordeal of a trial. Fortunately, the jury saw through his lies 

He has been placed on the Sexual Offenders Register.

How Foster approached young girls

On August 20, 2021, Foster approached a 10-year-old child  in Wilkinson’s and asked her if she wanted a kiss. He did not get close to her but she was immediately nervous and upset and told her mother and sister what had happened

On September 20, 2021, he entered the Home Bargains store and approached a three-year-old child and put her hand on his groin area over clothing and offered her money for doing so.

She told her 12-year-old  sister who immediately told a parent. As a result, staff were able to check CCTV which verified what the three year old had said.

Half an hour later on the same day, he approached another child, who was eight years old and asked her to come and play with him.

The Crown Prosecution Service’s case was that, had the child gone with him, he would have committed a sexual act with her.