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Neighbours in porn movie protest

Protest in Bradley Stoke
Neighbours say the business is affecting property prices

A man who uses his home near Bristol as a studio for adult films has been confronted by neighbours protesting outside his property.

James Edwards, 42, operates a legal pornographic film studio from his four-bedroom home in Bradley Stoke.

People who live in the same cul-de-sac demonstrated outside Mr Edwards' house with placards claiming his business is affecting the prices of their property.

Police said they only have evidence of legal activity and can take no action.

Clothed

Margaret Kite, 75, who lives in the cul-de-sac, said: "Why is this going on? Why is this allowed? There are little children round here. It is not on. He is laughing at us."

Mr Edwards, who has been in the adult entertainment business for 10 years, said: "When you look at the house, you can't actually see that there's anything going on.


If you've got pornography here now, you're going to have prostitution next, you're going to have drugs

Peter Kite, neighbour

"All right, there are girls visiting and there are camera people coming in and out but they are all clothed when they come out.

"I get on very well with my immediate neighbours."

Peter Kite, who also lives in the cul-de-sac and was taking part in the protest, said: "The police say it's legal but they don't see everything.

"If you've got pornography here now, you're going to have prostitution next, you're going to have drugs. In a residential area? No way - no way."

The Mayor of Bradley Stoke, Rob Jones, speaking from the scene of the protest, said: "It can't be good for the neighbours to have this on their doorstep.

"I've got a lot of sympathy for that. If there are grounds for complaints under anti-social behaviour or trading standards then by all means come to the council and we'll investigate."

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said: "We believe the occupier is legitimately running a pornographic recording studio."



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