Scarborough seafront ‘predator’ jailed

Kevin John Gamble. Submitted. 14/04/2011.
Kevin John Gamble. Submitted. 14/04/2011.

A MAN who cruised Scarborough seafront in search of young girls has been jailed indefinitely.

Kevin Gamble, 41, was on licence from a previous prison sentence for similar offending at the time.

He was told at York Crown Court yesterday that he would remain in custody until a parole board determined he was no longer a danger to the public.

In 2003, Gamble, of Columbus Ravine, was convicted and jailed for sexual activity with a 14-year-old child, who became pregnant, and also for involvement with a 15-year-old girl.

However, following his release from that two-year sentence, Gamble moved an underage girl into his New Queen Street flat, later moving with her to the Columbus Ravine address.

Chris Smith, prosecuting, told how police officers, checking up on possible breaches of sex offender requirements, accepted Gamble’s claims that the girl was 18.

When that relationship finally ended, the paedophile moved on to form a relationship the following year with a 14-year-old girl, following her about the town when she finished contact with him.

Mr Smith told the court that Gamble then turned his attentions to a 13-year-old girl, pestering her for photographs of herself during a total of 200 mobile phone calls and 1,500 text messages sent by him over a six-month period.

Gamble, who denied any sexual contact with youngsters throughout police interviews, pleaded guilty to seven offences earlier this year on the day he was due to stand trial.

He appeared before the York court for sentencing on six charges of sexual activity with a child and one of harassment.

Two original charges of rape and three of attempted rape, all denied by Gamble, were ordered by the court to remain on file.