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ANGER IN CEREDIGION AT DUTY TO HOUSE CONVICTED CHILD ABUSERS

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The chairman of Ceredigion CC's housing committee, Hywel Jones, is ordering an inquiry to establish whether or not ...
The chairman of Ceredigion CC's housing committee, Hywel Jones, is ordering an inquiry to establish whether or not the authority was legally obliged to find a home for a couple convicted of gross indecency against a child, reports The Western Mail (p5).

Mr Jones said that according to law the council had a duty to rehouse homeless people unless it could be proved they had declared themselved homeless. 'If this couple fall into that category then I do not believe we should have anything to do with them,' he said.

'As a housing authority we have to be very careful who we house and where we house them. Whether they be drug abusers or child abusers they are a danger to the community. We do not want people like this in our county,' he said.

A statement issued by the council confirmed that a couple were referred to environmental services and the housing department for emergency accommdation following threats of violence at their previous residence in north Wales.

'Enquiries revealed that they qualified as homeless under the terms of the Housing Act 1996, and that Ceredigion CC had a duty to accommodate them. Since the department was informed the couple had been convicted of serious offences the local police and social services were informed and the situation is being monitored,' the statement said.
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