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Man jailed for looking up a woman's skirt in Leeds

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A sex offender has been sentenced for a total of 10 years for looking up at woman’s skirt in Leeds train station.

Carl Hannam was caught in the act when the victim, aged in her 20s, felt something brush against her leg as she stood on an escalator.
 
She turned to find Hannam on his knees with his head under her coat, he then ran away and out the station.
 
The offence happened at evening rush hour in October 2018.
 
Hannam, 43, of Springwell View in Leeds, initially claimed he had bent down to adjust an electronic tag attached to his ankle – he had been released from prison on licence six weeks before for other sex offences.
 
A media appeal led to his identification. GPS from the electronic tag and CCTV from the train station and near his home helped provide further information that led to his arrest.
 
He pleaded guilty to sexual assault and was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday 4 April.
 
As well as the four and a half years in jail, Hannam will also serve five and a half years on licence.
 
Investigating officer DC Niall Chambers of BTP said: “No person should be subjected to such an invasive offence. As soon as this incident was reported, we took action to identify witnesses and locate and arrest the offender.
 
“He is a dangerous individual and I am glad the seriousness of his offence is reflected in his sentence.
 
“We are working to make trains and stations as hostile as possible for sexual offenders and reduce such crimes. The railway network is heavily covered by CCTV which is invaluable in bringing those responsible to justice. If you have been a victim text us on 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40, in an emergency always call 999.”

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