Pae­dophile, 73, evicted from his coun­cil home

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY EMILIA BONA emilia.bona@trin­i­tymir­ @Visiter

APAEDOPHILE has been evicted from his coun­cil flat in West Lan­cashire af­ter be­ing con­victed of child porn of­fences.

Joseph Ri­ley, 73, for­merly of Beech­wood Court, Birkrig, in Dig­moor, Skelmers­dale, was con­victed at Liver­pool Crown Court of four of­fences of mak­ing in­de­cent pseudo pho­to­graphs of chil­dren and one of­fence of pos­sess­ing an in­de­cent pho­to­graph of pseudo pho­to­graph of chil­dren.

The images were all Level A the high­est-rated clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

He was sen­tenced to eight months’ im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended for 24 months, given a two-year su­per­vi­sion or­der, and or­dered to at­tend an in­ter­net sex­ual of­fend­ing pro­gramme.

A five-year sex­ual harm preven­tion or­der and a 10-year Sex Of­fend­ers No­tice were also served against him, along with a for­fei­ture or­der for all his com­puter equip­ment.

The of­fences were so se­ri­ous that they gave the coun­cil grounds to take ac­tion to re­pos­sess the prop­erty un­der the Anti-So­cial Be­hav­iour, Crime and Polic­ing Act 2014 and evict him.

This was the first time West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil has used these pow­ers and Wi­gan County Court granted pos­ses­sion of the prop­erty, a flat in a shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion block, to the coun­cil at a hear­ing on May 22.

Ri­ley, who was not at the Wi­gan County Court hear­ing, handed the keys to the prop­erty back to the coun­cil on May 26.

Jac­qui Sin­nott-Lacey, the coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of hous­ing and in­clu­sion, said: “As a land­lord, the coun­cil sim­ply will not tol­er­ate ten­ants com­mit­ting crimes in our prop­er­ties.

“The coun­cil has a va­ri­ety of pow­ers avail­able to evict ten­ants con­victed of crim­i­nal of­fences and we will choose the most ef­fec­tive method in each case.

“The coun­cil has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect its ten­ants and their guests, who in this case were of­ten young chil­dren as well as oth­ers liv­ing in the com­mu­nity. As such, seek­ing pos­ses­sion un­der the Anti-So­cial Be­hav­iour, Crime and Polic­ing Act 2014 con­firms the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion.”

Dave Tilleray, West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil di­rec­tor of leisure and well­be­ing, said: “Child pornog­ra­phy is a de­spi­ca­ble crime that preys upon the most vul­ner­a­ble in our so­ci­ety.

“The coun­cil has taken the strong­est pos­si­ble ac­tion against Mr Ri­ley and this sends out a clear mes­sage to ten­ants that they must abide by the law.” HAVE you spot­ted all the scare­crows around Hal­sall?

More than 70 are dot­ted all around the vil­lage out­side the church, by the pub, out­side peo­ple’s homes.

It’s all part of the sec­ond an­nual Hal­sall Vil­lage Scare­crow Fes­ti­val, which be­gan on Thurs­day, June 1, and will run through­out the month.

The Scare­crow Fes­ti­val is the brain­child of Elea Wroe from the vil­lage en­vi­ron­ment group, who said that the event has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of the whole vil­lage.

She said: “Peo­ple have been in­cred­i­bly en­thu­si­as­tic and it’s re­ally amaz­ing to see just how many have popped up around the vil­lage.

“Our aim was to raise some smiles and gig­gles, spread a bit of pos­i­tiv­ity, and I can hon­estly say we have done that and I’m so happy with how well the event has been re­ceived.”

The of­fi­cial route for the scare­crow fes­ti­val is down the main road to Summerwood Lane, on to Carr Moss Lane and then to Li­naker Drive, but oth­ers have been ap­pear­ing off the beaten track.

Joseph Ri­ley, 73, was evicted from his home in Beech­wood Court in Dig­moor

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