Center Parcs bans paedophile from holiday

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Center Parcs bans paedophile from holiday
Center Parcs bans paedophile from holiday

Stock photo, Center Parcs, Elveden Forest: Rex


Center Parcs has banned a man released on bail after being convicted of paedophile offences from visiting the holiday village.

Stephen Daniell, 48, from Tunbridge Wells, pleaded guilty to six offences of indecency with a child at Maidstone Crown Court, according to eadt24.com.

The ex-Scoutmaster admitted encouraging young boys to strip naked and perform strange forfeits on camping trips, according to the Telegraph.

Judge Charles Byers ruled that Mr Daniell's bail condition of residence could be relaxed to allow him to go on a pre-booked trip to the Elveden Forest holiday park from 3 September to 7 September.

Imposing an extra bail condition that he does not have direct or indirect contact with a child under 16, Judge Byers said: "There will be no walking up to anybody and suggesting a little chat."

But a spokeswoman for the holiday company told Kent Online: "At the time of booking we were unaware that this individual was on bail for any crimes.

"We respect that the case is still to be heard, but we do not believe it is appropriate for an individual on bail for such crimes to visit Center Parcs. The welfare and safety of our guests, particularly children, is paramount and therefore we must act in their best interest.We feel it is only right to cancel this booking and have done so."

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