YORK magistrates have increased controls on a sex offender more than five years after his last sexual conviction.

Emma Richards, for North Yorkshire Police, told them officers had received information that made them fear that Paul Colin Carter, 60, may be a risk to young boys in future.

He told magistrates he remained sexually interested in young boys but was confident he could stop himself committing more offences.

"I feel certainly unfairly treated," he said. "I do feel I am being punished for something I haven't done, something that there is no evidence I am likely to do. It is so unfair.

"I am determined I am going to become an ex-sex offender if there is such a thing. If I did feel I was going to do wrong of that kind, I will take my own life."

Carter, of Pickering Road, Thornton-le-Dale, near Pickering, objected to the application by North Yorkshire Police for a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO), but magistrates granted it for five years until August 22, 2022.

Ms Richards said Carter had been convicted at Cardiff Crown Court in 1993 of indecent assaults at a school for children with behavioural problems.

After he was convicted in May 2012 of having indecent pictures of children he was put on the sex offenders' register for five years.

That made him report where he lived or stayed, details of his bank account, credit and debt cards and passport and any plans to travel abroad.

But as that came to an end in April, police were given new information that made them concerned that he needed continued supervision and applied for the SHPO.

Under the order, in addition to the sex offender register requirements, he cannot contact, stay or live in the same house as a boy under 16 and has restrictions on how he uses electronic devices so police can monitor his use of the internet.

Carter said that he had voluntarily allowed police access to his electronic devices while subject to the sex offenders' register.

He had also built up a good relationship with a probation officer and he had not committed sexual offences since 2012.