Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Tuesday, June 8, 1999 Published at 18:00 GMT 19:00 UK


UK

Children deliver paedophile protest

The petition was delivered to the prime minister

A petition against plans to house some of the UK's most notorious paedophiles at Nottingham Prison has been delivered to Downing Street.


The BBC's Jeremy Ball: "Ministers knew this would be a controversial decision"
The 24,000-signature petition was handed over by Natasha Crommer, 12, and Carl Britten, 9, who live near the prison. Fifty other residents joined them in the march from the House of Commons to Number 10.

One child held a banner reading "Any risk is too much".

The protesters are angered at plans to create a unit to house the worst child sex offenders after completing their sentences. The proposed unit is about 250m from an infants and junior school.

The police have assured residents that former offenders will be supervised whenever they leave the jail, but many parents in the area are still angry.


[ image: Child abuse: concern for parents]
Child abuse: concern for parents
Helen Goldman, a mother of twin five-year-olds, said: "I'm really concerned. My children go to the school, play in the local parks and go to the local shops - this is a really worrying thing for our community."

Earlier the protesters met James Clappison, Conservative front bench Home Affairs spokesman. He said: "There are a lot of legitimate questions which need answering about this."


The BBC's Eve Conway: "The protesters attracted considerable attention"
The residents plan to continue campaigning to try to prevent the proposed unit being opened. Several people have camped outside the prison in protest.

The scheme is the first of its kind, and could be extended nationally if successful.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©


UK Contents

Northern Ireland
Scotland
Wales
England

Relevant Stories

21 May 99 | UK
Protests over paedophile prison plan

19 May 99 | UK
Paedophile warning for parents

25 Jan 99 | UK Politics
Bureau to weed out child abusers





Internet Links


NSPCC

Home Office


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

Next steps for peace

Blairs' surprise over baby

Bowled over by Lord's

Beef row 'compromise' under fire

Hamilton 'would sell mother'

Industry misses new trains target

From Sport
Quins fightback shocks Cardiff

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

IRA ceasefire challenge rejected

Thousands celebrate Asian culture

From Sport
Christie could get two-year ban

From Entertainment
Colleagues remember Compo

Mother pleads for baby's return

Toys withdrawn in E.coli health scare

From Health
Nurses role set to expand

Israeli PM's plane in accident

More lottery cash for grassroots

Pro-lifers plan shock launch

Double killer gets life

From Health
Cold 'cure' comes one step closer

From UK Politics
Straw on trial over jury reform

Tatchell calls for rights probe into Mugabe

Ex-spy stays out in the cold

From UK Politics
Blair warns Livingstone

From Health
Smear equipment `misses cancers'

From Entertainment
Boyzone star gets in Christmas spirit

Fake bubbly warning

Murder jury hears dead girl's diary

From UK Politics
Germ warfare fiasco revealed

Blair babe triggers tabloid frenzy

Tourists shot by mistake

A new look for News Online