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Editor’s comment: Where are the paedophiles mugshots?

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 October 2018

Two paedophiles who abused three boys in Islington and Haringey were jailed for 19 years at Blackfriars Crown Court in London. Picture: PA IMAGES

Two paedophiles who abused three boys in Islington and Haringey were jailed for 19 years at Blackfriars Crown Court in London. Picture: PA IMAGES

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If you think it’s a bit weird that we’ve written about the conviction of two paedophiles without printing their faces, you’re quite right.

Despite the fact the police have acknowledged that these men in all likelihood preyed on more victims than the three who bravely came forward, no one at Scotland Yard thought there was any point photographing them.

When we asked for their mugshots, we were told that, because they were summonsed rather than arrested when they entered custody, they never got their pictures taken. That it might be the work of seconds to send someone to see them with a camera at literally any stage of their questioning doesn’t seem to have been considered. Someone could do it now – it’s not like no one knows where they are.

It may be a cliche that a picture paints a thousand words, but it seems self-evident that these men’s faces would do more to catch the eye of potential victims than a few hundred words. To keep them out of the press for little more reason than “computer says no” is an injustice to anyone who survived their abuse.

• It is easy to get caught up in reporting what happens to the perpetrators of crimes like these. Our coverage of ISN’s fight for justice is a sobering reminder of what its victims must live with.

I can’t believe it’s already a year since I listened to a room of brave, articulate survivors confronting the council’s top table – and receiving an apology.

A year in news goes quickly, but I suspect it feels like an eternity for the survivors. The council has done good work with therapy and housing services for them, but it needs to hurry up with details of the redress scheme. Dr Liz Davies isn’t someone you want accusing you of failing to make progress. She knows more than most how long these people have waited.

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