September 2023

Sex offender found working at popular Isle of Wight attraction LA Bowl

A sex offender was discovered to be running children’s parties at LA Bowl in Ryde, his background unchecked by his employer. 

Patrick Garriock admitted breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and appeared at the Isle of Wight Crown Court for sentencing 

Garriock, of Cranleigh Gardens, Cowes, is now aged 20, but as a youth he was convicted of a sexual offence against a young boy aged under 13, and possession of extreme pornography, and was made subject to a SHPO for five years.

One of the conditions was that he was prohibited from being alone with children.

The breach came to light when Garriock went to police to ask if there was a possibility his SHPO could be removed, and it transpired he was working at LA Bowl, explained Annabel Hazlitt, prosecuting.

When he started the job, he was a kitchen porter and was not in breach of his order because he had no contact with children.

He then started working on the bar, often serving children Slush Puppies and the like, but was still not alone with children.

The breach came when LA Bowl asked him to start hosting children’s parties.

Logs at LA Bowl showed he had hosted a party for a nine-year-old girl marked as “collection” which meant parents were picking the children up later.

Other parties showed Garriock as the only member of staff logged in as present.

After investigation, he was arrested by police at the address of an LA Bowl manager he was staying with, Ms Hazlitt said.

He insisted he was never alone with children and there were no allegations of impropriety at the parties.

Police also found Garriock in possession of a Nintendo Wii games console with internet capabilities, which was also in breach of his SHPO as he hadn’t informed police he had it.

He was handed a three year community order to include 60 rehabilitation days and was fined £500.