University Policing Team catch sexual predator
Main article content
An investigation launched by the University of Northampton Policing Team has led to the conviction of a sexual predator.
Justin Lee Hibbert, 33, of St Andrews Road, Northampton, has been convicted of seven sexual offences in connection with incidents that happened at the end of January in the areas neighbouring the Waterside Campus, where he approached women on his bicycle and inappropriately touched them.
After extensive enquiries and evidence gathering by PC Martin Usher from the University of Northampton Policing Team, Hibbert was arrested and subsequently charged with the offences.
At Northampton Crown Court this month, he was given a Community Order and ordered to pay £140 in fines. He will also be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.
Sergeant Lorna Clarke, who leads the team at the University, said: “This crime series was causing a lot of concern among staff and students on campus so I am pleased that we have managed to catch the perpetrator and see him convicted of these offences.
“PC Usher worked tirelessly on this case, chasing every lead, which led to the eventual identification and arrest of Justin Hibbert. We are thrilled to have been able to take him to account for this crime series - get him charged and subsequently convicted.
“Having a policing team on campus at the University of Northampton has allowed staff and students to feel more empowered to report things that they previously may not have felt able to.
“Our presence on campus sends a clear message – the University take the safety of their students extremely seriously and criminals will absolutely be not be tolerated.”