January 2015: Now living in Weston Road, Weymouth, and still very active on the local children’s entertainment scene

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March 2008

Magician ‘Billy Wand’ is paedophile

TOP childrens entertainer and magician Billy Wand was yesterday exposed as a paedophile.

Wand – real name Kevin Hart – featured at the Blue Peter 40th birthday party, has played at Londons Royal Festival Hall and was signed up to help with the Government?s Sure Start scheme for under fives.

He has also done Punch and Judy shows, been Santa for Londons Park Lane Hilton, posh store Fortnum & Mason and even the Thames Valley Police Association.

Cops raided Harts home in Leatherhead, Surrey, after tracking him down through his credit card.

They found indecent images on his computer.

Hart, 49, has never been brought to court but was given an official police caution which means he has a criminal record.

He has been placed on the sex offenders register.

A fellow entertainer said: He has brought us all under suspicion.

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April 2008

Sex offender magician disappears

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A POPULAR children’s entertainer, who was exposed as a sex offender this week, has fled after his Leatherhead home was trashed by concerned parents

Kevin Hart, whose stage name is Billy Wand, was arrested by Surrey Police last year after pornographic images of children were found on his computer – for which he was punished with just a caution.

This week, locals took the law into their own hands and vandalised the 49-year-old’s Kingston Road home, smashing his windows with rocks and spray-painting the word “Paedo” in red over his front door and on the side of the house.

Mr Hart, who appeared at the TV programme Blue Peter’s 40th birthday celebration and was signed up to help with    the Government’s Sure Start scheme for children under five, was nowhere to be seen this week.

In the past he has worked at events across Surrey as a children’s entertainer and magician and even performed his famous Punch and Judy show in front of dozens of children at Wotton Village fete in August last year – just a month before his arrest.

Police officers raided his home and seized his computer in September after tracking him down though his credit card details.

A Surrey Police spokesman said: “A 49-year-old man from Leatherhead was arrested on September 5, 2007, on suspicion of making indecent images of children.

“On Friday, October 12, 2007, he was cautioned and placed on the sex offenders’ register for two years.

“Taking into account his  previous record and the number of pictures found, the CPS found it appropriate to give a caution in this case.”

He would not comment on the number or seriousness of the images found.

The police force would not comment directly about the attack on the magician’s home this week but said its Public Protection Risk Management Unit (PPRMU) was looking into the case as a whole.

A spokesman added: “Surrey Police works with the Probation Service, Prison Service and other agencies under Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) to manage the risk posed to the public by sexual and violent offenders who have been rel-eased from prison on licence or are registered sex offenders.

“We cannot discuss the circumstances of individual cases but every person subject to MAPPA receives a full risk assessment, which takes into account the perceived risk to local people and the views of the community.”

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