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Star's daily warning on rapist

PUBLISHED: 12:14 27 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:26 03 March 2010

TODAY The Evening Star goes On the Beech to give a daily warning to our readers about the rapist in their midst.

We will carry this picture of serial sex offender Steven Beech every day until he finally leaves town.

TODAY The Evening Star goes On the Beech to give a daily warning to our readers about the rapist in their midst.

We will carry this picture of serial sex offender Steven Beech every day until he finally leaves town.

Beech – who has 115 convictions, mainly for sex offences – arrived in Ipswich from Sheffield eight days ago.

Although he is a free man, he is considered so dangerous that he is lodging at the police station and has to be accompanied by two police officers wherever he goes.

His new home is less than 200 yards from the subway where rapist Kevin Chambers attacked an Ipswich teenager just hours after being sent to the town from prison.

Beech, 38, said on Monday that he had met Chambers in prison, and thought he was "a nice bloke."

The police station's newest resident said he would be leaving the town after his presence here attracted widespread publicity.

But today he is still at the town's police station. The Star understands that he hasn't left yet because he can't afford to move out of Ipswich.

The online poll on our website has provoked a clear response – 83 per cent of people who have logged on say that Beech should not stay at Ipswich police station.

However today he was still in the town – and every day he stays here, the Evening Star will print his picture to warn women to stay out of his way.

Under the terms of a court order, he is banned from living in the same premises as a woman – even though he moved to Ipswich to be near a woman he claims is his girlfriend.

He came here after being forced out of a house in Sheffield by angry residents worried about a serial sex offender living in the middle of them.

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