March 2006

Paedophile ‘worked with children’

A convicted paedophile has been working with schools in Sussex and had planned to do so again in Kent, a BBC South East investigation has revealed.

Nigel Edwards, who was jailed in 1997, was involved in a project teaching children about radio broadcasting.

Edwards, from the West Midlands, denies having any contact with youngsters.

Inverse Communications, the firm he was working for, said the 53-year-old had been asked to leave the project and “at no point has he been unsupervised”.

A workshop that he was working on in Grimsby has been cancelled, and an inquiry launched, the BBC has learned.

Edwards used to work for BBC local radio in the 1990s.

He was given a four-year jail sentence in 1997 after being found guilty of indecent assault and two counts of a serious sexual offence against a 13-year-old boy.

He had also pleaded guilty to another offence of indecent assault on a male in 1994.

He had been working for the media consultancy group Inverse Communications, based in Chichester, West Sussex.

Its work includes helping schools run short-term radio stations.

On Monday he was working in Grimsby, north-east Lincolnshire, with children aged up to 16.