The tragic discovery of a young woman’s body buried in the garden of a Margate house, brings me back once again to the letter I wrote to Kent Police, under the Freedom of Information Act, in 2005. I asked how many registered sex offenders are living in the Thanet area that might constitute a danger to the public. I didn’t ask for their names or addresses, only how many of the names on their register might present a risk?
You may remember that Kent Police were unable to provide that information on health and safety grounds, fearing that it might provoke public disorder.
Today, we appear to have evidence of a serial killer who once lived in Thanet and is now in prison for the savage sexually-motivated murder of one girl in Scotland and is a suspect in the murder of an unknown number of others around the country. Whose Health & Safety is being protected when it appears we have rather more than our fair share of known and perhaps unknown “risks” living in our transient community?
I recall that many years ago, a Lion escaped from the disgrace that called itself a ‘zoo’ in Margate’s Dreamland. At the time everyone was warned to keep their children off the streets until it was captured. Different rules apply for different kinds of predator today but dangerous creatures still roam our streets.