Fear of family in paedophile's old home

A FAMILY has today told how they are living in fear after a convicted paedophile who used to own their house posted flyers saying he was back in town.The Ipswich family's home used to belong to Anthony Lowery, a paedophile who has just completed a prison sentence after being convicted of indecently assaulting a young boy.

A FAMILY has today told how they are living in fear after a convicted paedophile who used to own their house posted flyers saying he was back in town.

The Ipswich family's home used to belong to Anthony Lowery, a paedophile who has just completed a prison sentence after being convicted of indecently assaulting a young boy.

Now, Lowery is out of prison and has been back to Dillwyn Street West to post the flyers through doors claiming he was wrongly convicted.

Lowery, now aged 63, has offered a £1,000 reward for anyone with information to help prove his innocence and also for anyone who knows anything about a break-in at his former home – which he names on the flyers.

"I am terrified people will think he still lives here," said the current owner Debbie Quinton.

"If what he did had happened to one of my children and I got one of those flyers I would want revenge and now I am scared that is what might happen.

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"We might get a brick through the door or even worse. I am worried about my husband, he has had nothing to do with it but they might think he's that man."

The leaflets were posted on Friday evening and Mrs Quinton, 38, her electrician husband Kevin, 38, and their four children had an anxious weekend.

"I was terrified all weekend, I didn't sleep at all," said Mrs Quinton.

"When I first moved in and found out he was a paedophile I wanted to move out again.

"The neighbours wouldn't tell me what had happened at first, they didn't want to scare us. At first I wanted to move but we have done so much to the house and the neighbours and police have been really helpful.

"But now my fears are back again."

Mrs Quinton is desperate to prevent her family becoming victims of revenge attacks intended for Lowery.

"I want people to know we are nothing to do with him, we bought the house not knowing that man used to live here and it is now our house."

Ipswich Crown Court heard, in June 1999, Lowery had befriended a 15-year-old boy through another friend.

Lowery won the boys trust and often invited him to his home. He was later charged with two counts of indecent assault, which he denied.

Lowery was also convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice and sentenced to five years.

DS Stan Nicholls, of Ipswich police today said: "We can confirm that we have been contacted by a resident in Dillwyn Street West stating that they received a leaflet through their door.

"The content of the leaflet is being looked at to ascertain whether any

criminal offence has been committed."

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