Protesters wave signs including ‘Watch out, there’s a paedo about’ outside home of convicted paedophile

This is the moment mums waved signs including ‘watch out, there’s a paedo about’ outside the home of a convicted paedophile living near a popular park.

Residents held aloft signs in a bid to drive Anthony Walker, 49, out of their town after he accessed hundreds of child abuse images.

One of the homemade signs rhymed ‘Watch out, there’s a paedo about’ while another said ‘There’s a paedo about, get him out’.

A cardboard sign placed on a stand outside Walker’s property asked drivers passing by to honk in support of the daily demonstrations.

Around 100 people have been involved in protests so far, local mum Kim Williams said.

Pictures show 12 locals gathered battling rainy weather conditions with an umbrella, raincoats and ponchos.

A large cardboard sign, held up by a female pensioner wearing a coat, says: “No pervert in our town! Get the paedo out!”

Parents joined forces because the home is near a “busy park used by a lot of children” in Pwllheli in Gwynned, north-western Wales.

Walker, a former mental health nurse, was given a two-year community order after being convicted of downloading 500 child abuse images on March 7.

Ptotestor – Credit;SWNS

Caernarfon Crown Court heard Walker used his wife’s computer account in an attempt to hide his illegal activities while under police supervision.

Judge Huw Rees told Walker, who was also jailed for downloading 972 abuse images in 2013.

He was described as a carer for his sick wife in court.

Protesting mum Kim Williams said: “This is the second time he has been convicted. He was jailed last time.

“It’s disturbing. We didn’t know that he was a convicted paedophile.

“We started this group and plan on protesting every day to make it known we don’t want him here.

“There have been around 100 people involved in the protest since it began.”

County councillor Dylan Bullard added: “It is a concern that someone with this sort of conviction lives so near a busy park used by a lot of children.”

A North Wales Police spokesperson said: “Whilst we are unable to comment on individuals, the public can be reassured that all Registered Sex Offenders are managed and monitored under MAPPA (Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements).

“These agencies work in partnership with a range of others that have a duty to cooperate in order to reduce reoffending and protect the public.

“However I would just like to reiterate that all Registered Sex Offenders living in the community are monitored and visited but if anyone has any specific concerns I’d ask they contact North Wales Police control room.”

 

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