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Saturday, 12 August, 2000, 03:04 GMT 04:04 UK
Paedophile protest continues
Protest in Portsmouth
Plymouth protests match those in Portsmouth (above)
Families campaigning to have a convicted sex offender evicted from their housing estate in Plymouth have vowed to continue their protests.

Talks between protesters, police and city officials failed to end the campaign against the 73-year-old man.

Some maniac might take the law into his own hands to do me some injury

Sex offender, Plymouth

Parents living on the Southway estate say they want him moved from the terraced home he returned to last month after serving a four-year sentence for indecently assaulting a 12-year-old boy.

Crowds have spent a week chanting and waving placards outside the house, in scenes similar to those seen around the country since the News of the World published names and locations of 200 convicted sex offenders.

The mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne has appealed for an end to violent anti-paedophile demonstrations.

Future action

Earlier this week, the crowd in Plymouth smashed one of the man's front windows with a piece of concrete.

Southway residents' spokeswoman Karen Jones said the talks with the police produced nothing to persuade them to stop their protests.
News of the World
News of the World dropped its "name and shame" campaign

She said local people were meeting on Friday night to discuss future action.

South West Devon MP Gary Streeter said he favoured convicted sex offenders being released on licence, giving the authorities the option of taking "urgent action" if necessary.

But the man targeted by the crowd said he was not a threat to children and wanted to get on with his life.

"I am not fearful for my own safety, other than some maniac might take the law into his own hands to do me some injury," he said.

"I have done my time - let me get on with my life."

Nationwide protests

Police have called for an end to the vigilante action and officers in a police car maintained a presence near the house.

Two weeks ago a family had to be moved from their home in the city's Efford area after residents wrongly accused a man of being a paedophile.

Other towns and cities have also suffered waves of protest from vigilante crowds.

Nine protesters with banners demonstrated outside a block of flats on the Southville estate in Cwmbran, south Wales which they believe is the home of at least one convicted paedophile.

Residents of Paulsgrove estate in Portsmouth have stepped down their protests after taking to the streets for seven nights in a row, calling for alleged sex offenders to be removed from the area.

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