July 2023

A sex offender caught out by a police team dedicated to protecting vulnerable children online has been jailed.  

Liam l’Anson North (29) from Middleton in Rochdale was sentenced to three years, four months on Monday July 24 at Leeds Crown Court after being found guilty by a jury of three online child sex offences.   

The 29-year-old had thought he was in contact with a young child but was in fact speaking with undercover West Yorkshire Police staff.

He was found guilty of offences of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and two offences of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

His activity first came to light in mid 2021 when an account using an alias created by l’Anson North made contact via social media with a West Yorkshire Police controlled account.

Thinking the person he was speaking with was a 13-year-old female, the male engaged the account holder in conversation which quickly became sexual.

He was arrested by officers in June 2021 and charged on February 18 2022 to appear before magistrates