An order requiring Nick Crawshaw to tell police before he has sex has been dropped for good.

Cheshire Police have withdrawn their attempts to hit the Chester man with a Sexual Risk Order.

The force claims their pursuit of the 23-year-old, despite him being found not guilty of a series of sex offences, has been ‘proportionate’.

Mr Crawshaw was cleared of 11 sex offences, including six rapes, during a retrial in October.

He was acquitted of a further eight sex charges after a first trial in March.

Throughout the proceedings Mr Crawshaw claimed he had not been treated fairly by the police.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: “In this case, as matters progressed we determined on this occasion we could take the application no further and withdrew the application.

“We believe the application was proportionate and in line with priorities of Cheshire Constabulary and where appropriate will consider similar applications in other investigations.

“Our priority remains to protect our communities and we will continue to take appropriate steps to reduce identified risk and keep people safe.”

Chester Magistrates Court
Chester Magistrates Court

Short-term SROs had been granted against Mr Crawshaw at earlier hearings.

During that time he had to provide the name, address, date of birth and contact details of any women he intends to have sexual contact with to the police.

He was temporarily banned from going into pubs or shops which serve alcohol between 9pm and 6am, and from having sex in any public place.

It was thought to be only the second court order of its type, but has now been dropped.

District Judge Michael Abelson had been presiding in the case, which was discontinued at Chester Magistrates Court on December 5.