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Double rapist released on bail until his sentencing but police won ’ t let NWN show you his face A PREDATORY sex offender, who raped two women and assaulted others, has been twice caught by police with young girls in his car. Serial sex offender had girls in his car Report by JOHN GARVEY email john.garvey@newburynews.co.uk twitter @johng_nwn

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Plans to convert Bayer offices into housing revealed PLANS have been submitted to convert Bayer’s vacant offices in Newbury into 191 homes. One-hundred-and-eighty-two one- bedroom flats and nine two-bedroom apartments are proposed to be built at the 13,000 sq m site. The pharmaceutical firm was based in the town for more than 30 years before deciding to relocate its 470 staff from Strawberry Hill to Reading’s Green Park last year. It caused a huge backlash at the time, prompting many to question Newbury’s ability to retain major employers. There has been much speculation about what will happen to the now redun- dant building. Any hopes that a new business may move in seemed to evaporate last Thurs- day after the application to turn the building into housing was sent to West Berkshire Council. A prior approval application and scop- ing opinion has been submitted to West Berkshire Council. Managing director of Newbury-based commercial property specialist Deal Varney, Richard Deal, said: “I would be extremely disappointed if the Bayer building was to no longer be used for commercial. “There is an oversupply of flats coming through in Newbury at the moment.”

Nicholas Glen Laloo, known as Nick, has more than 40 previous convictions and is considered so dangerous that he is forbidden from being alone with chil- dren. But the Newbury Weekly News is unable to publish an official photo- graph of him as Thames Valley Police has so far refused to release one. Laloo, who has previously served 12 years in prison for rape, was back in the dock at Reading Crown Court on Monday, July 30, for his latest breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. The 49-year-old, formerly of Queens Road, Newbury, and who now lives at The Crescent, Theale, initially denied having breached the order on December 29, 2016, and again on January 1 last year. But just as a jury was ready to be sworn in to try the case, he changed his pleas to guilty. Siobhan Molloy, prosecuting, said Laloo had previously raped twice and had been convicted of other sexual offences. She told the court he was subse- quently made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order – now known as a Sexual Harm Prevention Order – for two further offences. The first of these involved harassing a 15-year-old girl by “persistently meet- ing her after school... and giving her lifts home.” Ms Molloy said: “He told her he would give her a ‘treat’ on her 16th birthday,

but it would be a secret between them and she was not to tell her family.” The second offence, the court heard, involved “following three girls on sepa- rate occasions and trying to incite them to get into his car, causing them to fear violence”. In 2015, the NWN reported how Laloo, then living at his Newbury address, was first convicted of breaking the order. On that occasion he was found by police sitting in a parked panel van in a secluded spot in Newbury during the early hours. Helen Waite, prosecuting, said at the time: “Police on mobile patrol noticed a red LDV van around 11.30pm in a secluded spot. “In the early hours the next day it was still there. Mr Laloo was stopped and checked by the police.” Officers made enquiries and it tran- spired that Laloo had failed to notify his public protection officer of the van’s make, model and registration. On Thursday, his latest breaches were outlined by Ms Molloy. She said on one occasion, he had been caught carrying young schoolgirls in his vehicle, knowing that no disclosure regarding his sex offender status had been made to the parent. On the second, he was carrying another young girl without her parent having been alerted to his past by the police public protection unit. n Continued on page 5

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