April 2023

Registered sex offender with links to Lancashire wanted by police

A man from the Midlands with links to Lancashire is wanted by police for breaching a sex offender notification requirement.

Decklin Flowers, 27, is from Coventry and is believed to be there but the man also has links to Blackpool and Birmingham.

Officers have warned the public to not approach Flowers if you see him.

A spokesperson for the police said: “Wanted. Have you seen Decklin Flowers?

“The 27-year-old is wanted for breaching a notification requirement as a registered sex offender.

“He is believed to be in the Coventry area but also has links to Birmingham and Blackpool.

“If you see him, do not approach him.

“Instead, call 999 quoting crime number 20/1048208/22.”

July 2020

Manipulative Rugby man who had sex with teenage girl jailed

A ‘controlling and manipulative’ Rugby man who had sex with a teenage girl in breach of a court order banning him from having unsupervised contact with under-18s has been jailed.

Decklan Flowers had pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching sexual risk and sexual harm prevention orders.

The 24-year-old, of Rugby, was jailed for two years and four months by a judge at Warwick Crown Court who also imposed a new indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Prosecutor Matthew Barnes said under the original order, which had been imposed in 2015, Flowers was prohibited from having unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18.

Following his release from custody for ‘highly relevant matters involving sexual offences with under-age girls,’ Flowers was visited by his police offender manager.

He was spoken to at his grandparents’ home in October last year, and confirmed he was aware of the terms of the order.

But in November the police had become aware of his relationship with a 16-year-old girl, and interviewed her.

She told officers after meeting in a park they had been involved in ‘kissing and some touching’ – but when Flowers was arrested he admitted they had also had intercourse.

“He had told her her boyfriend was not good enough for her, and that she needed a man, not a boy. He bragged about having gone to prison, but lied about the reason, saying it was for a stabbing.

Mr Barnes said: “She told him she was 16, and he told her it was ‘just a number,’ showing a disregard for the court order.”

Flowers had also met a 17-year-old girl in a park and began seeing her on a daily basis – but it had not led to ‘an amorous liaison’ by the time her mother found out about his past.

Mr Barnes observed Flowers had ‘a significant, highly relevant record’ of previous convictions.

In 2011 he had appeared before the juvenile court for sexual assault on a girl of 13, and in 2013 he failed to comply with an order made on that occasion.

Then at the crown court in 2016 he was jailed for four years for three charges of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16 and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

“He was still on licence at the time of these offences. He has shown complete and utter disregard of court orders in his pursuit of young people of that age,” added Mr Barnes.

Arguing that Flowers could be given a suspended sentence, Nicola Purches, defending, said: “He has already spent a great deal of time in custody since the end of November, the equivalent of a 17-month sentence.”

But jailing Flowers, Judge Anthony Potter told him: “Your behaviour was controlling and manipulative.”

September 2016

Coventry man who had sex with underage girl loses jail sentence appeal

A Coventry man who was locked up for having sex with an underage girl has failed in a bid for freedom.

Decklan James Flowers, 21, of Henley Green, was just 12 when he was first in front of a court, Mrs Justice Thirlwall told London’s Appeal Court.

He had appeared in court on a total of 12 occasions for 16 crimes, mainly anti-social offences.

In 2011, when Flowers was 15, he got a youth rehabilitation order for sexually assaulting a little girl.

Police then went to visit him in the hotel where he was living in 2015 and asked how old a girl who was with him was and she told them she was 15.

Officers told him they were in the process of applying for a sexual risk order which was granted on September 8 that year and served upon Flowers.

He later told a probation officer “he didn’t take the order seriously”.

Flowers, then 20, contacted the teenager on Facebook and met her for sex, the court heard.

He admitted two breaches of the sexual risk order and four counts of sexual activity with a child.

Flowers was jailed for two years at Warwick Crown Court on February 9 this year.

The crown court judge ruled he was “dangerous” and ordered he serve an extra two years on licence following his release from prison.

Lawyers for Flowers argued the judge was wrong to label him dangerous and to impose an extended sentence.

They insisted he should have got a straight custodial sentence or a community order.

But Mrs Justice Thirlwall, who was sitting with Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing, disagreed.

“The judge was entitled to find there was a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm,” she concluded, dismissing the appeal.