September 2020

Notices warning that paedophile lives nearby appear at Swindon play park

A number of notices warning people that a paedophile lives in the area have been discovered on lampposts, fences and gates at a children’s play park in Swindon.

It comes after Pinehurst man, 52-year-old Mark Forte of Cunningham Road, pleaded guilty to encouraging the commission of a child sex offence and distribution of an indecent image of a child.

The unofficial notices, which state: “Warning! A convicted paedophile is living in this area”, are believed to have first appeared around the play area and baseball court between Tovey Road and Pinehurst Road last week. They feature the sex offender’s name, address and vehicle*.

A QR code on the sign provides a link to where people can read more about this recent conviction at Swindon Crown Court. He’s due to be sentenced in October.

Kik app paedophile warned he faces jail

A sex offender who sent another an indecent image of a child on Kik “to keep him going” will be sentenced in October.

Appearing before Swindon Crown Court, Mark Forte, 52, of Cunningham Road, pleaded guilty to encouraging the commission of a child sex offence and distribution of an indecent image of a child.

The court heard he had been chatting to another paedophile, known only by his username Ravman1, on the Kik messaging app in late 2015.

Prosecutor Mary Cowe said, in a discussion between the two Kik users about sharing child sex abuse images, Forte sent the other Kik user an indecent image “as he put it ‘to keep him going’”.

Judge Peter Crabtree ordered a pre-sentence report and bailed Forte to return to the crown court on October 1 for sentence.

He said: “These are serious matters. The starting point is undoubtedly custody, but I’m going to ask probation to have a word with you. They’ll look at the other options. I make absolutely no promises to you at all.”