Paedophile leaves town after exposure
A PAEDOPHILE who served a five-year jail sentence in America for indecent assaults on a 14-year-old boy has been living on one a housing estate in Weston
A PAEDOPHILE who served a five-year jail sentence in America for indecent assaults on a 14-year-old boy has been living on one a housing estate in Weston.Neil Brailsford, aged 55, returned to Britain seven years ago and has been living unsupervised by police in a three-bed semi on a new housing estate.The Sunday Mirror tracked down Brailsford at his address during an investigation to uncover the 27,000 offenders who have come over from Europe and are living in Britain unsupervised due to a Home Office blunder.Residents in the quiet street, which is full of young families and just yards away from a nursery, were horrified to learn that Brailsford had been living in their midst and had even befriended their children.One of his neighbours, who did not wish to be named, said: "It's disgusting. He's surrounded by children here, with young families in houses on either side of him. He befriended a lot of the children and was planning on taking them on a trip. He lived on his own and he always had children round his house."When his neighbours found out about his past he left in the middle of the night and he's not been seen since."It's awful that we weren't told about him. I can't believe he's been living there all this time."The Home Office refused to comment but a police spokesman said: "The matter was reported to us on January 12. We searched the property on January 17 as part of an ongoing investigation but no arrests were made. Inquiries are ongoing."Brailsford, a technical director with engineering company Carl Bro Group, was also a former national sailing coach and befriended neighbours' children by teaching them how to sail and taking them away on boat trips.He has now fled his home and shut down a website promoting his sailing club.