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Paedophile housing cost revealed
Police in Bristol spent more than 500 a night to house a notorious paedophile at their Portishead headquarters.

Francis Lee, formerly Robert Oliver, 52, was moved into a safe house at the HQ after it was revealed he was living at a bail hostel near a nursery.

Lee was jailed in 1989 for the manslaughter of Jason Swift, then 14.

The Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (Mappa) board defended the decision to house Lee at the headquarters for four days in May.

A Mappa spokesman said: "2,100 was spent on accommodating this individual.

There is also always a risk that individuals concerned in sensitive matters like this could be driven underground as a result of further media coverage
Mappa spokesman

"This was a temporary measure, made necessary in response to media coverage at the time.

"In such cases the Mappa has a duty of care firstly to members of the public but also to the individual concerned."

But Peter Saunders, from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said 500 seemed a "ridiculous" amount to spend: "You can stay in a top hotel for that. It's a hell of a lot of money.

"But if we have to pay that sort of price - which I find absolutely stupid - to keep our children safe then I'm willing to pay it."

The Mappa spokesman added: "Such individuals may have to be relocated as a result of further media coverage, which results in even more expenditure of taxpayers' money.

"There is also always a risk that individuals concerned in sensitive matters like this could be driven underground as a result of further media coverage.

"This could then mean there is a potentially-heightened risk to the public as the authorities would have no element of control whatsoever on where individuals are and what they are doing."




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