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Mum's anger over paedophile in Brighton park
1:20pm Thursday 20th September 2012 in News
A mother has said she will never go back to a park after learning her two-year-old child was just yards from a convicted paedophile.
Horrified mother Charlene Vickery has said she will not return to Pavilion Gardens in Brighton after learning that her daughter Chloe was just yards away from convicted sex offender Kenneth Parker.
Pictures published in a national newspaper over the weekend appeared to show 57-year-old Parker staring at a blonde child in Pavilion Gardens.
Miss Vickery said she knew the moment she saw the picture in the paper that it was her daughter that he was looking at.
Parker was branded one of Britain’s most wanted men and was on the run for ten years in Europe with his brother Thomas before being caught and sent to prison last year.
He was released from Maidstone Prison three months ago and was staying in a halfway house in Brighton under a night-time curfew between 8pm and 8am.
He was convicted in 2005 of gross indecency with a boy under 16, indecently assaulting a girl under 16 and carrying out an indecent assault on a teenage boy.
'It made me sick'
Speaking to The Argus exclusively, Miss Vickery said: “I’m not going back to Pavilion Gardens.
“I know there are certain places you can’t go in Brighton, I won’t go to The Level late at night or to London Road on the days that the druggies get their fix.
“It’s dreadful that I can’t even go into Pavilion Gardens and have a coffee.”
Miss Vickery said when she saw the story in the newspaper she felt sick.
She said: “I know how my daughter’s hair curls and I knew what she was wearing that day so I knew as soon as I saw the picture and it made me feel sick to the stomach.
“When I spoke to the police, they said he was not in Sussex anymore and my daughter was not in his criteria.
“But I want to know his parole conditions. People should know where he is.”
The Argus contacted Sussex Police and the Ministry of Justice to ask about Parker’s current whereabouts but neither said they could comment on the incident.
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