Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Predator

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.

4 comments:

Tony Beachcomber said...

About 18 months ago I asked TDC under the freedom of information act for information on the prints and pictures in its collection. These prints and pictures once belonged to the boroughs of Margate and Ramsgate and were transferred over to TDC under the local government reorganisation in 1974. My intentions were to compare the present day collection to the borough colections just to see what is missing. All this is based on evidence of poor record keeping in the past. I was refused because of the data protection act.

Ed, if I cannot get info on a art collection from TDC what chance do you think you have of getting a list of sex offenders from official sources.

Anonymous said...

It's not just sexual predators we have to warn our children against in Thanet -I have today been shocked to hear that apparently a child at the Catholic secondary school in Westgate was given vodka laced with ecstasy tablets by other pupils and is currently in a coma. Has drug pedaling at School now reached this sleepy town? Is home the only safe place for our children?

DrMoores said...

I was aware that something bad had happened that day but not exactly what....

Anonymous said...

I look after my children so it doesn't really bothere me where they are - and the girls found were not local so knowing who he was would not have made an iota of difference - he didn't pick locally. And as for the secondary school issue it would appear that the practice has moved up the road - or maybe there was such a good market that they have been able to expand. And hey, the powers that be KNOW about it!!