Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Child Abuser Lives by Playgroup; Offender Metres from Children

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Child Abuser Lives by Playgroup; Offender Metres from Children

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Byline: By ANNABELLE DICKSON

A SEX offender branded a potential danger by a judge is out of prison and living just metres from a children's playgroup.

Former Newcastle city councillor Colin Wappat, 72, spent six years behind bars and is now living opposite a children's play centre.

Wappat, from Newcastle, was jailed in 2000 when he was found guilty of sexually abusing boys in his care while working at Blackburn House, a South Tyneside care home, between 1975 and 1979.

Now back on the streets of Tyneside, Wappat said: "I don't want people to know where I live. I have got lots of friends around here and I get on well with my neighbours."

Wappat, a divorced father of two, was ordered by the judge to spend the rest of his life on the sex offender register.

Judge Lowden told him when he jailed him in 2000:

"You still show not one iota of remorse and, although it all took place a long time ago and you are now 65 and not in the best of heath, a probation officer still considers there is a potential for danger when you are released. …

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