A NATIONAL children's protection charity has condemned the actions of man who subjected girls to offensive remarks of a sexual nature in Poole.

As reported by the Daily Echo, James Thompson, 25, of Hermitage Road, Poole, has been banned from the Dolphin Centre for three years.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for five years after he admitted to making inappropriate remarks to girls under the age of 16 at the shopping complex and a Co-op food store in October and November last year.

A spokesman for the NSPCC south west said abuse of the kind carried out by Thompson can deeply affect victims.

“Thompson targeted children for his own sexual gratification and his harassment of his victims would have caused them concern and distress,” the spokesman said.

“Children and young people should feel safe and secure when in a public place and we know that abuse of the kind carried out by Thompson can affect young victims’ confidence, self-esteem and mental wellbeing.”

Alongside being banned from the Dolphin Centre, Thompson was required to complete 180 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months, comply with an instructions of the responsible officer to attend appointments or participate in any activity up to a maximum of 60 days.

He was also ordered to pay compensation to each of his victims.

The NSPCC spokesperson said the organisation would hope authorities provide rehabilitation services to Thompson after his offences.

They added: “It is right that Thompson has faced the courts for his actions and we hope he receives effective rehabilitation as part of his sentence to reduce the possibility of repeat offending.”

The national charity says if an adult is worried about a child they can call the NSPCC 24/7 on 0808 800 5000 in confidence.

Children and young people can contact Childline anytime on 0800 1111 or access help online by visiting www.childline.org.uk