July 2006

Neighbours unhappy about paedophile

Neighbours of a paedophile are targeting his home after he preyed on a young girl.

William Russell, of New Street, Barrow, has now been jailed for threeyears for indecently touching the youngster.

And the sentence on the 46-year-old will involve three years extended supervision when he is released.

But Russell’s neighbours are sick of the problems and say he should never be allowed back into their street.

The windows of his home have been smashed and graffiti is daubed on the outside.

Darren, lived in New Street while attacks were made on Russell’s home.

He said: “It’s not just people on New Street, they were coming down from Longway and Salthouse to throw bricks at his windows. Nobody down here wants to see him back.

“He was terrorised — but he deserved it. I’m glad he’s locked up.

“Something nasty will happen to him if he comes back here.”

Kevin, who owns the motorcycle garage on New Street, thinks Russell’s return would lead to trouble.

He said: “It has been going on for a while. Nobody wants him back. It is time for him to move on. People round here aren’t going to forget this and the local families will never forgive.”

At Preston Crown Court, Russell had pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault on a child under 13.

He will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely, banned from working with children and subject to an order, which includes a condition preventing unsupervised contact with children under 16.

The prosecution at Preston Crown Court said the charges represented a course of abuse by the defendant in a total of six or seven separate incidents.

The girl had complained to a school friend of sexual abuse.

teacher was told and social services became involved.

The girl’s mother then went to the defendant’s address and confronted him.

Mr Kevin Donnelly, prosecuting, said on one occasion Russell touched the girl and she pushed him away.

“He was annoyed at being pushed away and made insulting comments, along the lines of that something was wrong with her,” said Mr Donnelly.

Russell — a man of previous good character — was interviewed at length following his arrest.

He initially denied the allegations of sexual abuse. Miss Judith McCullough, defending, said that he had been drinking heavily at the time and was living a nomadic lifestyle.

She said he could not really recall what had gone on at the times of the offences.

She added: “It may well be that alcohol was an important contributory factor in the commission of these offences. His judgment was impaired, his inhibitions were impaired.”

Miss McCullough told the court: “He knows he faces a custodial sentence.

“That is something that fills him with dread and horror.”

She also told the court that offensive graffiti had been daubed all over the defendant’s home, his car vandalised and ruined and he had been unable to go into Barrow at all because he had been identified in the area as a paedophile.

Judge Pamela Badley said the offences were so serious that prison had to be imposed.