Calls for change in law

Calls for change in law after claims a convicted paedophile from Crewe has been released from jail


Campaigner Janet Rathbone outside Linden bank bail hostel which houses sex offenders and paedophiles 

A CAMPAIGNER is calling for changes in the law to allow parents to be informed when convicted paedophiles are released from jail back into their communities

The calls follow claims a ‘dangerous’ pervert from Crewe is back living in South Cheshire, having being released from prison after serving just a portion of his sentence.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for a string of sex offences, including possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.

One concerned resident, who did not wish to be named, contacted the Chronicle to say he believed he had seen the man in Crewe and Sandbach.

He asked us to quell his fears and confirm he must have been mistaken.

But Cheshire Probation Trust has refused to either confirm or deny the claims, and will not tell us whether this man is back on the streets.

Janette Rathbone, who has spent years campaigning against sex offenders being re-homed in South Cheshire, has spoken of her shock that a ‘dangerous’ man may have been released back into the local community.

She also believes more should be done to keep families aware of any paedophiles living nearby.

She said: “I’m not happy that once again a sex offender who was jailed, but only served a small portion of his sentence, has seemingly been released into our community. Why give them these sentences if they’re not going to serve them?

“This man is just one of many in this area who have been left to live next to unsuspecting families – it’s not fair.”

“These people are getting the freedom to come and go as they please and do whatever they want. It’s not right.”

Cheshire Probation Trust says it does not comment on specific cases.

A multi-agency partnership has been set up to monitor dangerous criminals who could pose a serious risk of harm to the public, including sex offenders.

The Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA), which joins together the probation service, Cheshire police, the prison service and other key agencies, works to ensure these risks are minimised

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