Angry mothers who fear a convicted child-killer is living in their area stormed out of a meeting with their Parliament member Saturday, accusing him of not doing enough to keep their children safe.
Residents in southwest England have staged protests since police in Avon and Somerset counties confirmed that Sidney Cooke, 71, was being sheltered at a police station in their area.Cooke was released from prison this month after serving nine years for manslaughter in the death of a teenage boy. Although not required by law, Cooke has agreed to be electronically tagged so his movements can be monitored.
Cooke can legally live without supervision because he was convicted before 1992. Laws since then say released sex offenders must register with police and be supervised by parole officers.
The protesters want to know where Cooke is holed up and want to know what would happen if he decided to leave the secure unit.
A demonstration Thursday against Cooke in Bristol turned violent. More than 40 officers were injured when some protesters threw gasoline bombs and bricks, and a dozen people were arrested.
Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown's constituency in Yeovil, Somerset, 110 miles southwest of London, has been a focus of anti-Cooke protests.
Ashdown agreed to meet about 100 mothers and children Saturday.
During the meeting, Ashdown said police, probation officers and social workers were trying to formulate a long-term plan for Cooke and urged the protesters to allow them more time.