RESIDENTS protesting a convicted child molester in their community celebrate after forcing him to move out.
Landlords have staged two protests in the past week after pedophile Graham Brown was moved by local authorities to a flat in Musselburgh, East Lothian.
Rampant residents, mostly retirees and young families, took to the streets with homemade banners and signs in a desperate bid to have Brown evicted from the property.
Now their efforts have been rewarded after a typed note was placed in the stairwell where Brown, 61, was staying.
It reads: ‘Graham and his family have informed council that he will not be returning to the flat.
“Could you please stop putting up signs on windows and doors, it’s harassment and hate crimes which are both illegal.
“The notices are going to be reported to the police, we have the notices and the photos to show that a crime has been committed.
“We would like to ask you to consider Graham’s family who need access to the apartment, we feel intimidated by your behavior but have no choice but to enter the building to collect the mail, etc
“Please allow us safe passage to do so. Thank you.”
A retiree, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘We are all delighted that Brown is not returning to our small community.
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“It just shows that people power works and that all our efforts have not been in vain.
“We cannot believe the content of the note that was posted claiming that we are harassing him. For him to complain about a group of elderly retirees after what he did is despicable.
“We are all still quite unhappy that the council saw fit to move him here after his arrest, as we are a close-knit street with mostly pensioners and young families.
“He is the second pedophile to be moved to this apartment in the last year and we simply will not tolerate him.”
Graham Brown pleaded guilty to possessing 14 child abuse videos over a ten-month period when he appeared in Capital Sheriff’s Court on August 19.
The court heard police raided his home last year where they found 11 films rated Category A – the more depraved end of the scale – and three Category B films stored on a laptop.
The court heard the vile collection of images depicting young children being raped by adults.
Sheriff Chris Dickson has placed Brown on the sex offender registry and deferred sentencing for reports to be prepared later this month.
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