A convicted paedophile who changed his name from Frank to Mohammed so he could teach young children at a Mosque has been jailed.

60-year-old Frank Crampsey failed to notify the Islamic centre he was a child sex offender when he began volunteer work at a family fun day to celebrate Eid in July.

Crampsey started to attend the Mosque everyday after being welcomed by members, who even funded a deposit on a new home for him after he had told them he had fallen on hard times.

But Preston Crown Court heard how Crampsey had failed to inform them of his past history of sex offences against young boys or that he was banned from entering any educational establishment under the terms of a court order

The court heard how mosque member Ashbad Ahmed, who had taken Crampsey under his wing, was shaken when he was told he was a convicted paedophile.

He told police that he was not aware that Crampsey, of no fixed abode, had any contact with children at the Darussalam Education Centre but admitted he had not been monitored at all times.

Francis McEntee, prosecuting, told the court it was the fifth time Crampsey had breached the terms of the Sexual Offenders Prevention Order, which was made in 2006 in respect of convictions dating back to 2001.

Crampsey pleaded guilty to breaching the terms of the order and was jailed for five months.

Judge Simon Newell, told him: ‘If you wish to enter into social arrangements, whether it is with other people or with organisations such as the Islamic community, who are willing to provide you with help and assistance, you can do that.

‘All you have to do is be upfront and honest with them.

‘If you do that, you may find that some people may reject you but others may take you on board, if they are charitable, religious and open minded. At least they can put measures in place to protect children.’

A mosque spokesman said: ‘We were totally unaware of Crampsey’s background and were only alerted when the police got in touch.

‘We are extremely thankful to the police for alerting us to this.

‘When someone wishes to find out more about the religion and wants to attend the mosque for prayers, like most religion buildings, it is very difficult for us to know about someone’s background.

‘He was never near any children in the mosque and we have strict safeguarding procedures in place when it comes to the madrassa.

‘He only made an appearance at the mosque for several weeks during the holiday period when all children were away.’