A SEX offender has appeared in court accused of failing to tell the police where he lived for 18 months.

Thomas Eric Clough, of Bromley Street, Workington, appeared via video link from prison when two charges were put to him at North and West Cumbria Magistrates' Court in Carlisle yesterday.

The first alleges that between March 1, 2016, and October 31, 2017, the defendant failed to comply with notification requirements of the sex offenders register in that he did not notify the police of any change of name or home address within three days of the date of any change.

The charges also alleges he failed to notify police of any address or place he stayed at for seven days or more during that time.

Clough, 41, who was represented by Emily Smith, faces a second charge of stalking.

Between December 1, 2017, and May 16, 2018, it alleges his course of conduct towards a woman in Workington caused her "serious alarm or distress... in that you have followed her in Workington town centre, driven past her home observing her whereabouts and turned up unannounced in various locations."

He did not enter any pleas and was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Carlisle Crown Court on May 15.

  • This report originally stated that Clough was accused of failing to comply with notification requirements from March 1, 2013. We have been informed this was an error by the court system and we are happy to clarify that the charge dates from 2016.