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Huddersfield private tutor’s dark secret he kept from parents paying him to teach their kids



A private tutor and sex offender breached a court order banning him from teaching children.

John Noel, 63, was jailed for three years on Thursday after Leeds Crown Court heard he defied the terms of the Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) which was enforced in June last year. He was made subject of the SHPO after he was convicted of making indecent photographs of children and possession of extreme pornography.

West Yorkshire Police says Noel, from Huddersfield, breached the order by working with children aged five to 17 as a private maths, English and sciences teacher. He was arrested by police in February this year for concealing a device in breach of the order and a bar offence and later charged.


PC Richard Thorp of the Kirklees Police Public Protection Unit, said: “We welcome the conviction of John Noel at Leeds Crown Court today and hope it demonstrates that breaching orders and DBS restrictions, put in place to protect the public, can only have one outcome.

“Noel arrogantly continued to offer his services as a private tutor despite being fully aware he had been banned from doing so. He showed no appreciation or consideration, as to how he was breaching the trust of those parents/guardians, who were paying him. I hope Kirklees residents take note of this conviction at court today, and that he poses a clear safeguarding risk.


“The public protection unit works hard to monitor those subject to all such Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and DBS restrictions. Those who attempt to breach the strict conditions imposed on them should have no doubt they will be caught, charged and dealt with.”

A Disclosure and Barring Service spokesperson said: “The decision on whether to bar an individual is a significant decision, taken in the public interest to protect those at risk of physical and emotional harm.

“It is essential that those who breach any barring order that has been imposed are brought to justice and we are grateful for the support and diligence of West Yorkshire Police in this matter.”