Vigilante mob terrorises elderly residents - looking for paedophile who has just been jailed for 24 years

Presto Gardens in Deane, where a vigilante mob went looking for a paedophile - even though he had just been jailed for 24 years.

"Depraved" paedophile David Thompson, who has been jailed for 24 years

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A NEIGHBOURHOOD was terrorised by a vigilante mob looking for a peadophile who had just been jailed for 24 years.

The mob descended on Presto Gardens, Deane, at about 10pm last Wednesday, despite a report in The Bolton News describing how 60-year-old child rapist David Thompson had been given a lengthy prison sentence.

Residents from the cul-de-sac reported five men banging on windows and doors, asking where Thompson was, including the home of a terrified 93-year-old woman.

It is understood the gang went to four houses in the neighbourhood. Police were called on Thursday afternoon.

Among those visited by the mob was Christopher Whitehead, aged 63, who had just returned home after nine weeks in hospital and was in a wheelchair with a broken ankle.

Mr Whitehead said: “I was just sitting in the living room watching TV with the window open, when these young men — about 20 years old — knocked on my window and said ‘Oi! You! Where’s that paedophile?’

“They kept banging on my window and I said ‘he’s not here’. I didn’t even know why they were here — I hadn’t heard anything about it.

“I felt really unsafe and it frightened me. I was in shock.”

He added: “It was diabolical what these people did. Why are they targeting us? We’ve got nothing to do with it.”


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Mr Whitehead’s neighbour, Frank Bradley, aged 69, said he was disturbed by the mob.

“They were shouting and using foul language. I’m sure a lot of people in this street will feel unsafe after this.

"This is a pensioners’ area and there are only 40-odd houses on the cul-de-sac.”

Paedophile David Thompson was jailed for 24 years last week after he admitted a catalogue of horrific child sex offences, including forcing seven-year-old girl to recreate scenes from a hardcore porn film.

A police spokesman said: “We were called to Presto Gardens just before noon on Thursday.

"A group of people had been in the street looking for this offender.

“We found no evidence of anything criminal so there will not be an investigation.

"We have heard no mention of them threatening someone or damaging anything.

“A PCSO attended and the caller has been given a contact number to ring if there are any future incidents.”

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7:41am Wed 21 May 14

melloj says...

Idiots.To thick to realise he's in prison. Should take a look at themselves anyway.
Idiots.To thick to realise he's in prison. Should take a look at themselves anyway. melloj
  • Score: 69

7:43am Wed 21 May 14

angus macoatup says...

old people terrified in their own homes yet no crime committed . ? its time every home had a shotgun .home invasions and burglary would soon stop then , this would free up police time to revenue collect .Problem solved
old people terrified in their own homes yet no crime committed . ? its time every home had a shotgun .home invasions and burglary would soon stop then , this would free up police time to revenue collect .Problem solved angus macoatup
  • Score: 30

8:31am Wed 21 May 14

MarkAllRead says...

melloj wrote:
Idiots.To thick to realise he's in prison. Should take a look at themselves anyway.
You mean "Too thick", not "To thick". Ironic, huh?
[quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: Idiots.To thick to realise he's in prison. Should take a look at themselves anyway.[/p][/quote]You mean "Too thick", not "To thick". Ironic, huh? MarkAllRead
  • Score: 26

8:32am Wed 21 May 14

Gore Seer says...

This Is Not A Isolated Case, Vigilantis Have Beet Up The Wrong People Before, Its Just Rere To Be Publicized.
This Is Not A Isolated Case, Vigilantis Have Beet Up The Wrong People Before, Its Just Rere To Be Publicized. Gore Seer
  • Score: -16

9:25am Wed 21 May 14

templejohn says...

A PCSO, attended, so thats ok everyones safe again??
A PCSO, attended, so thats ok everyones safe again?? templejohn
  • Score: 46

9:48am Wed 21 May 14

MarkAllRead says...

templejohn wrote:
A PCSO, attended, so thats ok everyones safe again??
Given the nature and the motivation of the incident, probably yes.
[quote][p][bold]templejohn[/bold] wrote: A PCSO, attended, so thats ok everyones safe again??[/p][/quote]Given the nature and the motivation of the incident, probably yes. MarkAllRead
  • Score: -6

12:26pm Wed 21 May 14

655321 says...

Makes a change, these types of scum usually look for paedatricians!!
Makes a change, these types of scum usually look for paedatricians!! 655321
  • Score: 19

12:30pm Wed 21 May 14

Replytohatersandscum says...

they all look the same these pedos like uncle jimmy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
they all look the same these pedos like uncle jimmy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Replytohatersandscum
  • Score: -8

12:53pm Wed 21 May 14

Rememberscarborough says...

I bet if these idiots had been banging on the Chief Constable's door they'd have charged them with some sort of offence. All those in the legal system should feel really proud of themselves that the law can't even protect pensioners in their own homes.
I bet if these idiots had been banging on the Chief Constable's door they'd have charged them with some sort of offence. All those in the legal system should feel really proud of themselves that the law can't even protect pensioners in their own homes. Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 12

12:54pm Wed 21 May 14

Citizen Cane says...

Were these residents held captive for 14 hours, thus preventing them from reporting the disorder until ages after it was actually happening? Notice also how keen the police are for this incident not to be classed as a crime - I wonder why?
Were these residents held captive for 14 hours, thus preventing them from reporting the disorder until ages after it was actually happening? Notice also how keen the police are for this incident not to be classed as a crime - I wonder why? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 6

1:03pm Wed 21 May 14

Bolton Lad 85 says...

What a bunch of morons. The police should have attended and arrested these idiots. They should only have then been released when they could read the article and understood he was in prison. The mind boggles that not one went "you know he is in prison." Probably all benefits scroungers who spent all day in the pub. Being this dumb should be a crime.
What a bunch of morons. The police should have attended and arrested these idiots. They should only have then been released when they could read the article and understood he was in prison. The mind boggles that not one went "you know he is in prison." Probably all benefits scroungers who spent all day in the pub. Being this dumb should be a crime. Bolton Lad 85
  • Score: 5

2:29pm Wed 21 May 14

goldie47 says...

scum of the earth cowards.
scum of the earth cowards. goldie47
  • Score: 8

8:20pm Wed 21 May 14

allan111111 says...

Would have been a nice outcome if they would have achieved what they set out to do
Would have been a nice outcome if they would have achieved what they set out to do allan111111
  • Score: -5

10:32pm Wed 21 May 14

Citizen Cane says...

Isn't a vigilante mob way more effective than the criminal injustice system when it comes to serious, convicted scumbags? There's another one in the BN with an extensive criminal record and on licence when the offences were committed. Just think of it as privatisation where the public sector is ineffective.
Isn't a vigilante mob way more effective than the criminal injustice system when it comes to serious, convicted scumbags? There's another one in the BN with an extensive criminal record and on licence when the offences were committed. Just think of it as privatisation where the public sector is ineffective. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 0

11:25pm Wed 21 May 14

655321 says...

Citizen Cane wrote:
Isn't a vigilante mob way more effective than the criminal injustice system when it comes to serious, convicted scumbags? There's another one in the BN with an extensive criminal record and on licence when the offences were committed. Just think of it as privatisation where the public sector is ineffective.
That would be fine, as long as innocent people didn't suffer, re my paedatrician comment above.

Anyway, this piece of filth has been dealt with by the law, we certainly don't need a bunch of uneducated, unemployed chav losers patrolling the streets intimidating vulnerable people.
[quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: Isn't a vigilante mob way more effective than the criminal injustice system when it comes to serious, convicted scumbags? There's another one in the BN with an extensive criminal record and on licence when the offences were committed. Just think of it as privatisation where the public sector is ineffective.[/p][/quote]That would be fine, as long as innocent people didn't suffer, re my paedatrician comment above. Anyway, this piece of filth has been dealt with by the law, we certainly don't need a bunch of uneducated, unemployed chav losers patrolling the streets intimidating vulnerable people. 655321
  • Score: 8

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