Council issues warning over convicted paedophile

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More than 8,000 parents have been warned by their local council to protect their children from a "very dangerous" convicted paedophile who has moved into an area of south-east London

The case comes just days after legislation forcing paedophiles and other sex offenders to register their addresses and any change of name to police became law. The law, which will not be enacted until after the general election, gives police the discretion to pass on information about sex offenders to other organisations in the community, such as councils. The letter from Lewisham council does not name the 44-year-old man or give his address. But it gives a clear description of him and publishes a hotline number which parents can call if they are worried.