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Registered sex offender jailed for arranging child abuse

46-year old Andrew Burnside Credit: Bedfordshire police

A registered sex offender has been jailed for four years after travelling to Luton with the intention of meeting a child to sexually abuse them.

Andrew Burnside, 46, from Holly Road, Handsworth, Birmingham pleaded guilty to arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

He was issued with a seven-year extended sentence comprised of four years in jail and an additional three years on extended licence. He will also have to sign the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

Burnside, a registered sex offender following a conviction last year of making indecent images of children, for which he was given a three-year community order, had been communicating with people over the internet and made plans to travel to Luton with the intention of abusing a child and a baby.

"Burnside was a clear threat to the public and has a history of sexual abuse. Although acknowledging that his behaviour was wrong, his actions were clear and he had to save money to make the trip to Luton, while lying to his partner about his plans."

– Investigation Officer Amanda Dickson, Bedfordshire police