Pervert given job at centre for kids (27.01.85)

The People, 27th January 1985

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  1. Kate MacDonald said:

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    PERVERT GIVEN JOB AT CENTRE FOR KIDS (The People, 27th January 1985)

    A gardener who became known as the Pied Piper to problem girls at a care centre was a convicted child-sex pervert, it was revealed yesterday.
    And last night angry parents claimed council officials knew about his record when they hired him.
    Robert Lane, 40—“Uncle Bob” to the girls at the centre in Pype Hayes, Birmingham—was jailed for 12 months last week after admitting nine indecent assaults on children.
    The offences were unconnected with the centre but only two months ago another warden there was convicted of similar offences.
    Birmingham Crown Court heard that Lane, of Fordborough Lane, Bordesley Green, had served 16 months for a child sex offence in 1971.
    Last night parents demanded a top level inquiry into Lane’s appointment.
    Ronald Liddiard, Birmingham’s Social Services Director, promised a full investigation.

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