Paedophile At War With Neighbours
Paedophile Derek Williams is at war with hundreds of his neighbours who want the pervert booted out of his home. In a massive backlash since being spared jail for downloading 180 images of child porn, more than 400 people on his estate and beyond have signed a petition calling on council chiefs to evict him from his council house.
Some 300 live on the Penygwndwn estate, Blaenau Ffestiniog. The petitioners form a 10th of the town’s total population of 4,800 people.
The document has now been handed to Gwynedd Council after Williams snubbed North Wales Police’s offer of a safe house.
Worried residents, who fear Williams is a threat to their children, want the council to rehouse the father-of-two in an area where there are few families with young children.
Local Plaid Cymru councillor Linda Ann Jones, the portfolio holder for housing, said: “A petition has been handed into the council which has been signed by more than 400 people. People began signing it as soon as Williams was allowed to return home. They don’t want him in the area. There has even been talk of a gang of vigilantes on their way to the estate from another community as they don’t want Williams re-housed in their area.”
Williams, 46, has refused to leave his home since being spared jail after admitting downloading sick images of children onto his computer.
He walked free from Mold Crown Court last month after a judge gave him a suspended six-month jail term following advice from Home Secretary John Reid to use prisons sparingly amid Britain’s overcrowding crisis.
But on Thursday, Williams appeared before magistrates in Dolgellau when he admitted failing to sign himself onto the sex offenders’ register within 72 hours of being sentenced. He also admitted to being in breach of his six-month suspended prison sentence.
Williams, who was ushered out of court with his wife into a waiting police car, will be sentenced at a later date.
A Gwynedd Council spokesman said: “A petition has been received but the council does not comment on individual cases. However, should the council believe that one of its tenants has broken one or more conditions of tenancy, the council has the discretion under the Housing Act 1985 to apply to the county court for possession of the property.nbsp;
“The council would have to prove that it is reasonable for the court to make a possession order. Should the council be successful, the court may consider exercising its discretion to suspend or postpone the order in effect giving the tenant the opportunity to mend his or her ways and keep their tenancy.”