A BAIL hostel housing sex attackers and violent ex-offenders will not be moved away from a park and a primary school – despite a three year campaign.
View from back of hostel (car park)
Basildon Council’s review into the Felmores bail hostel in Pitsea was launched following public outcry that convicted paedophiles and sex offenders were living in the middle of a housing estate and close to a school, playground and nursery.
Map above shows: Top left star is Felmores bail hostel. Star under that is Northlands park used by families and children. Right hand star is approx a 4 minute walk to a nearby primary school
Councillors will be told calls to the Ministry of Justice to relocate the hostel, in Felmores, Basildon, have fallen on deaf ears.
The National Probation Service has ruled out five alternative sites across Essex.
Robin Brennan, assistant director of the service’s south east and eastern division, told officers all the sites were unsuitable without saying why – and although the building does not meet Government requirements, there is no funding available to improve it, let alone move it.
Bail hostel review outrage
AN OFFICIAL report into Felmores bail hostel has been branded a ‘whitewash’ after it concluded residents were happy to live alongside convicted paedophiles.
The document, published early in 2013 by Basildon Council, said only a ‘small’ number of people had complaints about housing sex offenders in the heart of their community.
The report was compiled following a review by Basildon Council.
It came after years of calls by residents for the hostel – which houses ‘the most serious offenders’, including rapists and paedophiles – to be moved. Protests arose after several convicted sex offenders staying at the hostel targeted local women and children.
Putting everyone in danger !
Listed below are a couple of examples why putting such dangerous offenders in such a area as Felmores is absurd and puts people at risk – Click each name to view full story on each offence committed whilst being Felmores hostel residents
In 2006 one hostel resident raped a woman in Northlands Park. Rory Griffin, pictured, had only been staying at the hostel for 13 days after being released from serving a five-year jail term for a violent sex assault on a teenager.
He calmly walked to the nearby Northlands Park where he brutally raped a local woman and was later jailed for 12 years in January 2007
In August 2011 a Felmores hostel resident was given an indeterminate prison term after he sexually abused a seven-year-old boy in a public toilet in Basildon.