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Saturday, June 19, 1999 Published at 14:48 GMT 15:48 UK


Three charged over paedophile protests

Anti-paedophile protests at Nottingham Prison are continuing

Three men are due before magistrates after a rooftop protest at plans to house convicted paedophiles at Nottingham Prison.

Nottinghamshire Police said the three were charged with trespassing after climbing onto the roof of the jail on Friday.

They have been bailed to appear before magistrates in the city on 22 July.

The roof-top protest was part of a campaign against Home Office plans to house child sex offenders, who have finished their sentences, in bedsit-type accommodation at the jail.

Public fears

The plans for the unique unit were announced last month, and a campaign against it has been growing ever since.

Protesters have already clashed with police and on Monday a man was arrested after chaining himself to a car parked across the prison entrance.

The Home Office has decided the unit is necessary because of public fears over housing convicted paedophiles "on the outside".

Under the plans for the complex, the paedophiles will be free to come and go, but will be kept under constant supervision.

However, local residents are concerned that their children could be in danger if an ex-offender decides to leave the jail.

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