WEST WICKHAM: Residents' anger at paedophile neighbour

News Shopper: Paedophile Arthur McGeogh Paedophile Arthur McGeogh

NEIGHBOURS of a convicted paedophile have expressed their horror at him living in their area.

Arthur McGeogh is currently residing with his mother in Dixon Place, West Wickham, and residents nearby have been contacting News Shopper to show their dismay.

McGeogh was jailed for four years in December 2007 after being convicted of attempted rape and engaging in sexual activity with a girl under the age of 13.

Last year in an interview with News Shopper, his victim said her trauma had driven her to the brink of suicide.

She said she was on anti-depressants and had weekly counselling as a result of her ordeal.

Posters were displayed and leaflets distributed near to McGeogh’s current home warning neighbours of his presence.

Faye Hope, aged 43, who lives nearby in The Alders, says she was abused as a child and understands how the victim feels.

She said: “I class myself as a survivor. I totally empathise with the girl, it’s a life sentence. Whatever you do it won’t go away.

“People I’ve spoken to are very angry. Some parents say they will walk a different way to and from school.”

Mother-of-two Sarah Miles says she feels “freaked out” to live in the same road as him.

The 47-year-old said: “Everyone I’ve spoken to is not happy about it. His flat lies on to the back of a children’s playground.

“We have two schools nearby and a lot of mothers walking past with their kids.

“I don’t like the thought of him being there.

“It’s putting everyone off doing stuff.”

Speaking this week McGeogh’s victim says she has started afresh and moved on but will never be able to forget what happened.

Now aged 17, she said: “It’s definitely not something I think about every day, but I don’t think it ever leaves you.”

Ward councillor for West Wickham Councillor Nicholas Bennett has issued a statement on his website about the posters being displayed.

Cllr Bennett said: “I and my ward colleagues fully understand parents’ concerns but the council has no control over who lives where.

“The person concerned was released about a year ago after serving his sentence.

“He is on the Sex Offenders’ Register and is now living with his mother who is a Housing Association tenant.

“His home address is known to the police.

“Ex sex offenders have to live somewhere and it is better that their whereabouts is known and their behaviour monitored rather than such people go into hiding and are not monitored.”

Head of Bromley police’s CID Detective Chief Inspector Chris Smart said: “We can reassure residents that violent and sexual offenders are closely monitored wherever they may live or whatever their personal circumstances.

“The safety and protection of the public is paramount at all times when dealing with violent and sexual offenders and we work very closely with our partner agencies to ensure the safety and protection of the public when dealing with these offenders.”

News Shopper visited McGeogh’s current home but was told emphatically by his mother he would not comment.

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9:33am Tue 8 Jun 10

Erastus says...

“Ex sex offenders have to live somewhere and it is better that their whereabouts is known and their behaviour monitored rather than such people go into hiding and are not monitored.”
Hmm. But they wouldn't if they were put away for life or hanged, would they?
“Ex sex offenders have to live somewhere and it is better that their whereabouts is known and their behaviour monitored rather than such people go into hiding and are not monitored.” Hmm. But they wouldn't if they were put away for life or hanged, would they? Erastus
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10:46am Tue 8 Jun 10

Orp Boy says...

Should have chopped a certain part of his body off so he cant use it again
Should have chopped a certain part of his body off so he cant use it again Orp Boy
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2:22pm Tue 8 Jun 10

It's Me again ! says...

Erastus wrote:
“Ex sex offenders have to live somewhere and it is better that their whereabouts is known and their behaviour monitored rather than such people go into hiding and are not monitored.” Hmm. But they wouldn't if they were put away for life or hanged, would they?
Yep should have been locked up for life
[quote][p][bold]Erastus[/bold] wrote: “Ex sex offenders have to live somewhere and it is better that their whereabouts is known and their behaviour monitored rather than such people go into hiding and are not monitored.” Hmm. But they wouldn't if they were put away for life or hanged, would they?[/p][/quote]Yep should have been locked up for life It's Me again !
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5:10pm Tue 8 Jun 10

bizzymum says...

What exactly does "closely monitored" mean? Do the police black out the windows in his mothers flat to stop him gazing out at the children playing in the playground or walking innocently to and from school; thinking whatever hideous thoughts people like him have. Is he unable to step outside the front door without the police knowing? Is he allowed access to a computer and the internet - his every move monitored? I very much doubt it.
What exactly does "closely monitored" mean? Do the police black out the windows in his mothers flat to stop him gazing out at the children playing in the playground or walking innocently to and from school; thinking whatever hideous thoughts people like him have. Is he unable to step outside the front door without the police knowing? Is he allowed access to a computer and the internet - his every move monitored? I very much doubt it. bizzymum
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5:20pm Tue 8 Jun 10

Make Life says...

nt get me wrong, this guy is scum, but I think that the Newsshopper shouldnt have printed his mums address. This close isnt huge so finding him will be easy
nt get me wrong, this guy is scum, but I think that the Newsshopper shouldnt have printed his mums address. This close isnt huge so finding him will be easy Make Life
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5:57pm Tue 8 Jun 10

bizzymum says...

Make Life, you are right but as his Mum is a housing association tennant they have probably already been moved for 'their' own safety. Now he will just become another neighbourhoods' problem. The point I'm making (probably very badly) is that now people are allowed to know whether paedophiles are living nearby is a flawed system. His photo is in the local paper, his address is in the local paper. The cost of watching him and protecting him from those who might consider taking the law into their own hands (which I absolutely do not advocate) will be astronomical and unworkable. But the cost goes towards the perpetrator not towards protecting the children. I have to agree with Erastus - lock them up.
Make Life, you are right but as his Mum is a housing association tennant they have probably already been moved for 'their' own safety. Now he will just become another neighbourhoods' problem. The point I'm making (probably very badly) is that now people are allowed to know whether paedophiles are living nearby is a flawed system. His photo is in the local paper, his address is in the local paper. The cost of watching him and protecting him from those who might consider taking the law into their own hands (which I absolutely do not advocate) will be astronomical and unworkable. But the cost goes towards the perpetrator not towards protecting the children. I have to agree with Erastus - lock them up. bizzymum
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11:59am Wed 9 Jun 10

Dartford1968 says...

We should make a island far away which is in the middle of the ocean and plonk all these perverted creatures on it.
We should make a island far away which is in the middle of the ocean and plonk all these perverted creatures on it. Dartford1968
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1:06pm Wed 9 Jun 10

Make Life says...

Dartford1968 wrote:
We should make a island far away which is in the middle of the ocean and plonk all these perverted creatures on it.
or put them on a boat and when its far out to sea sink it
[quote][p][bold]Dartford1968[/bold] wrote: We should make a island far away which is in the middle of the ocean and plonk all these perverted creatures on it.[/p][/quote]or put them on a boat and when its far out to sea sink it Make Life
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3:31pm Wed 9 Jun 10

Mrs Car-potts says...

Chemical castration is the only way to go. My thoughts are (to you in particular, Erastusitus!) this is 2010 - we have other means of dealing with people who are seriously socially impared and mentally imbalanced. Hanging has never been an answer to the problem.
Chemical castration is the only way to go. My thoughts are (to you in particular, Erastusitus!) this is 2010 - we have other means of dealing with people who are seriously socially impared and mentally imbalanced. Hanging has never been an answer to the problem. Mrs Car-potts
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