Islington gran keeps children at home for fear of paedophile attacks

11:41 25 January 2013

The woman believes her grandchildren are at risk

The woman believes her grandchildren are at risk

PA Wire/Press Association Images

A woman’s desperation to protect her three grandchildren from a predatory paedophile has led to her being threatened with prosecution for keeping them out of school.

The grandmother claims the children – the youngest aged just six – have been “groomed” by her daughter’s sex-offender ex-boyfriend and is refusing to let them leave the house alone.

She stepped in to look after the youngsters because of their mother’s alcohol and drugs problem and says she lives in permanent fear that the paedophile – only recently released from prison after sexually assaulting a young child – will target them.

Now she is bidding to convince three Appeal Court judges that Islington Council – which has written to her threatening prosecution if she doesn’t send the children to school – is unreasonably refusing to recognise the severe risk of abuse.

Her barrister, Ian Wise QC, told the court that her ultimate objective is to make the council move her and the children to a secret address outside the borough where they can be safe.

But town hall officials insists that the grandmother’s concerns are over-blown and social workers say the children are at “no greater risk than any other child in the borough”.

The court heard the paedophile is shortly due to move out of a bail hostel and the grandmother is not convinced her daughter’s relationship with him is over.

Describing him as “a very high risk” to the children, Mr Wise said he had systematically preyed on youngsters within relationships.

The barrister said Islington’s stance was “irrational” and accused the council of failing to put into place a “realistic plan of action”.

However, Bryan McGuire QC, for Islington, insisted the case had been given “intense scrutiny”.

He said social workers recognised that any mistake could result in the children being sexually abused but that their assessment of the risk was “sound”.

Mr Wise told the court that the children had no contact with their mother over the Christmas period.

Lords Justice Thorpe and Longmore and Lady Justice Black reserved their decision.

Latest News Stories

Andy Hull

Jobs will be lost as a result of the budget cuts announced in Wednesday’s Spending Review, a councillor has said.

Yesterday, 15:52
Ashley Walters at the launch of the Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy at Stoke Newington School in 2012. Picture: Carmen Valino

Rapper and actor Ashley Walters will appear at crown court over two accusations of threatening behaviour and one of racially aggravated harassment in Upper Street’s Hilton Hotel on May 3.

Yesterday, 12:49
Cllr Richard Watts

More than 1,000 of Islington’s unemployed have found jobs in the last year, thanks to a council-led scheme.

Yesterday, 10:48
Mélanie Lambert works at Le Sacré Coeur restaurant in Islington

A French waitress working in Islington says she is trying to stay strong after two of her friends were killed in the Paris terror attacks.

Yesterday, 09:00
The attack occured on the junction of Northdown Street and Pentonville Road. Picture: Google Street View

Crimestoppers and BT Openreach have launched an appeal for information after damage to a telecommunications network in King’s Cross left nearby businesses and homes without telephone and broadband services.

Yesterday, 07:00
Mayor of London Boris Johnson discusses knife crime with Brooke and Deborah Kinsella on Tuesday

Before 2015 is out, knife crime in Islington is already at its highest rate since 2010.

Wed, 16:00
Members of the Ben Kinsella Trust meeting with Boris Johnson at the Finsbury Library to discuss knife crime in London

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has urged more stop and searches to tackle Islington’s knife shame.

Most read news


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder