Detectives from North Yorkshire Police’s Online Abuse & Exploitation Team - in collaboration with Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit - have brought a Humberside man to justice who intended to commit serious child sex offences in the Selby area.
Simon Leonard Mewse, aged 36, from Kirk Ella in Hull, was sentenced to five years and three months at York Crown Court today (9 September 2020). He was also made subject to an extended two-year period on licence, placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for life.
Mewse pleaded guilty to offences of arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence, attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence, distributing an indecent image of a child and possession of a Class B drug.
He was arrested on 10 July 2020 after he travelled to Skipwith in North Yorkshire intending to meet an eight-year-old girl to sexually abuse.
Mewse was charged with the offences that same day and has been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing due to his risk of offending.
Detective Sergeant Steve Alderson, of the Online Abuse and Exploitation Team, said: “Thanks to the excellent work conducted by our regional online police colleagues, we were able to arrest Simon Mewse before he had the opportunity to cause serious sexual and psychological harm to a child.
“The investigation team welcomes the custodial sentence and the necessary robust conditions imposed by the Judge.
“Mewse is now facing up to the consequences of his intended sexual offending and, as a result of the joint work in this investigation, a predatory individual has been taken off the streets and two children have been made subject to multi-agency safeguarding procedures to ensure their safety.”
Seeking further support, advice and ways of reporting child abuse:
North Yorkshire Police
Call us on 101 if you have been a victim of abuse.
If you are in immediate danger, always dial 999 for an emergency response.
Child Exploitation Online Protection command (CEOP) – http://ceop.police.uk/
Internet Watch Foundation – https://www.iwf.org.uk/
Marie Collins Foundation – www.mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk
North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership – www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk
City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership (CYSCP) – www.saferchildrenyork.org.uk
- Anyone concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000. Adult victims of non-recent sexual abuse can also get in touch for support.
- Childline is available for young people on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk
Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
Victims who would prefer not to go direct to the police and are not in immediate danger, can contact Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), on 0330 223 0362, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.bridgehousesarc.org/
You can also contact the Supporting Victims Unit direct at www.supportingvictims.org or call 01609 643100.Last modified: September 9, 2020