Police Move Paedophile From Home

A convicted paedophile has been moved from his Somerset home by police after a crowd of angry residents protested outside his home. Robert Oliver, 52, was a member of a gang involved in the killing of 14-year-old Jason Swift in 1985. His whereabouts in Bishop’s Lydeard were revealed by a Sunday newspaper and about 100 people demanded he be moved.

Earlier police had appealed for calm warning “persistent media attention” could drive Mr Oliver underground.

The protesters grew in number throughout Monday. More police officers were drafted in as fears for his safety increased.

At 2030 GMT Mr Oliver was led from his home by police. Protesters jeered and shouted as he was escorted to a waiting police van.

The crowds were eventually dispersed after a police spokesman said the man had been taken away to an undisclosed location and he was no longer at the Bishop’s Lydeard address.

The 52-year-old was a member of an east London paedophile gang which killed 14-year-old Jason Swift in 1985.

He was released in 1997 after serving 10 years of a 15-year sentence.