Trevor Hughes
Trevor Hughes was jailed for 12 years after breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order. Merseyside Police

A paedophile has been put back behind bars after he was caught walking off with a missing five-year-old girl in Liverpool.

Trevor Hughes, 66, of Knowsley Road, Bootle, was jailed for 12 months on Friday for breaching an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order which prevents him from being with children unsupervised.

Liverpool Crown Court heard her frantic mother saw him with her daughter near a leisure centre after giving the girl some bubbles as a birthday gift.

She had started a search for her daughter with the help of her neighbours.

Addressing the court Judge Alan Conrad, QC, said: "It is every parents' nightmare that their child playing will be grabbed by a sex offender and that is exactly what happened here."

The court was told, according to the Liverpool Echo, that since the incident the girl has nightmares and "wakes up screaming".

Hughes had previously been jailed for two-and-a-half years in June 2013 for possessing indecent images of children and sexually assaulting a girl he had groomed.