AN urgent note warning parents there’s a “convicted paedophile” living nearby has been put up by vigilantes at a children’s playground.
The printed poster – pinned up in West Yorkshire – outs the man’s full address and photograph while telling mums and dads to Google search his name and contact police with concerns.
The note was pinned to a pole at a children’s playgroundCredit: MEN Media
People living in Calderdale have expressed their shock at the note revealing the man’s presence in a village in the area.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was previously jailed for five years after his offences came to light.
One man said he was “appalled” when he found out who is neighbour really is.
“I couldn’t believe it when I found he was living next door to me,” he told YorkshireLive.
“I thought he was a bit odd as he never seemed to have any visitors and rarely went out at all.
“Occasionally, he would ask if he could borrow my ladders and he once came into our home to use our landline but other than that he kept himself to himself.
“I would pass parcels on to him and that’s when I realised he was not as he seemed.
“He had been slightly altering his surname so as not to alert people but one day an official parcel arrived and I Googled it and suddenly it all made sense.”
The man says he contacted West Yorkshire Police as he was “concerned about aspects of his behaviour” – but claims he “got brushed off”.
“People are not very happy but his landlord doesn’t seem to mind as long as he keeps paying the rent so there’s not a lot you can do,” he added.
“I’ve heard that his picture and details were posted at a children’s play centre but it was nothing to do with me.”
Another neighbour, a mum-of-three, says people in the area are “very shocked”
“Nobody had any idea as I understand he was very secretive and then suddenly it has all come out after he has been here all this time,” she told the outlet.
“I believe there is one family in the village who are particularly upset and it has left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth.”
A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “Police work alongside partner agencies to monitor released offenders in the community to ensure appropriate safeguarding measures are in place.”