Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Anger as more sex offenders arrive

by Bob Malcolm

Published 07/07/2011

A group of south Belfast residents has this week protested against more sex offenders being housed in the community.

RASO (Residents Against Sex Offenders) held a protest on Tuesday outside a hostel on the Dublin Road after they were told that sex offenders from a hostel on the Antrim Road had been moved to the hostel on the Dublin Road. They say this move is another instance where south Belfast has being made a dumping ground for sex offenders.

Tina Charters, a spokesperson for RASO said: “Planning permission has been approved for the extension of Thompson House, in north Belfast, and we’ve been told offenders have been moved to Vertry Lane and to Centenary House.

“This is bad news for us as more offenders are being moved into our areas instead of being removed. To move paedophiles and rapists to another hostel in a residential area should never happen.

“Our campaign of protesting will go on until we get the outcome that the community deserves — the removal of sex offenders from residential areas.”

She said that Cavehill and Antrim Road Residents group had RASO’s full support even though offenders were being moved from their area.

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