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Brighton cafe owner's concern over convicted paedophile
A cafe owner has said he will refuse to serve a convicted paedophile if allowed under law.
Kenneth Parker, once branded one of Britain’s most wanted men, was on the run for ten years in Europe with his brother Thomas before being caught and sent to prison last year.
The 57-year-old, who is now living in a halfway house in Brighton seafront, was pictured in a national newspaper yesterday sat at a table in Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, just yards away from a toddler.
When asked about the pictures, David Sewell, of Pavilion Gardens Café, said: “If I have got a choice then I would rather not serve him.
“Obviously he’s not someone we would like to frequent our premises but I’ll have to check what’s allowed under the law.
“It did come as a shock when someone told me it was in the national newspapers.
“They say all publicity is good publicity but in this case I’m not too sure.
“We do have cameras in the garden so from my point of view it is as safe as anywhere in Brighton for people with children to come.”
The brothers, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, went on the run after breaking their Sexual Offence Registration notification requirements.
They were tracked to the small French town in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The pair were arrested by French police and returned to Britain.
Kenneth Parker was jailed for breaching his notification requirements and released from Maidstone Prison three months ago.
Parker, 57, is allowed out of the halfway house from 8am to 8pm. He has also been spotted in Brighton’s Jubilee Library.
He was convicted in 2005 of gross indecency with a boy under 16, indecently assaulting a girl under 16 and another indecent assault of a teenage boy. They are also said to have a string of convictions for non-sexual offences.