Needham Market: Former teacher banned from loitering near child play areas

A FORMER teacher convicted of making indecent images of children has been banned from loitering in playgrounds, beaches and parks after admitting he might strike again.

Christopher Fuller, of Jackson Way, Needham Market, appeared before magistrates following police concerns about his behaviour.

Ipswich Magistrates’ Court was told how the 58-year-old, who has convictions stretching back 20 years involving making and possessing indecent images of children, had been apprehended acting suspiciously close to where youngsters were playing.

Police yesterday applied for a sexual orders prevention order (SOPO) in a bid to prevent him from committing serious sexual offences against children.

Prosecutor Jonathan Dixey told the court how, in April of last year, Fuller had been found acting suspiciously near the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, London.

The court was told two Met officers were contacted after Fuller was seen paying attention to children, especially one who was naked.

After approaching the child and giving the parents a towel, Fuller was stopped and searched.

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Juliet Donovan, defending, said evidence surrounding Fuller’s apprehension at Hyde Park and other incidents at Trafalgar Square and a Norfolk beach were not enough to impose “over zealous” restrictions. But Chairman of the Magistrates, Mr Beamish, who cited Fuller’s behaviour and his refusal to admit his photographs caused harm, ruled a SOPO should be put in place until another was made.

Fuller, who was ordered to pay costs of �2,500, has been banned from loitering in or around 20 metres from where children under 16 are likely to play. He is also barred from being in the company of children under 16, unless it is inadvertent or with knowledge of the guardian and social services.